Regular Posts Tagged : ‘breathing exercise’
Cultivating Presence
1 year, 4 months ago Comments Off on Cultivating Presence

Moments of meeting and acknowledging, of listening and offering Each sensation has its own story that seeks to be heard. Bonnie Badenoch This last year I spent studying Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with Bonnie Badenoch. We started each day with a practice of embodiment so we could focus and respond to energy and information a little differently. Starting from the ground we moved upward through our bodies, our awareness resting and meeting parts of self. We practiced regularly and I now use […]

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Being Embodied: a both/and, non-dualistic approach to living
2 years, 5 months ago Comments Off on Being Embodied: a both/and, non-dualistic approach to living

We are hardwired for safety and survival and that involves communication both emotionally and rationally. As social beings we are designed to connect. We have our social engagement network at our brainstem, our emotional attachment network higher up within our mammalian brain, at the amygdala, and our cerebral cortex rests on top. All these structures are two sided.   “Right and left hemisphere are involved in absolutely everything but in a consistently different way.” Iain McGilchrist Although our brain is […]

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Exploring Body and Space:  Creating a Relationship with Breath
2 years, 8 months ago Comments Off on Exploring Body and Space: Creating a Relationship with Breath

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” Thich Nhat Hanh I have written previously written about breathing with awareness to the growing and shrinking shape changes of our body in relation to our breathing process. When we inhale we grow in our torso, when we exhale our bodies shrink. Today I will be […]

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The Power of Presence Practice
2 years, 9 months ago Comments Off on The Power of Presence Practice

“. . . We all need groups of support that are dedicated to just being present to one another . . . whether it’s two people getting together, whether it’s ten people getting together . . . there is a sense in our bodies that we’re really just here for one another and that we can hold whatever it is that arises in that moment. . . . We are meant to be interdependent through our entire lives.” Bonnie Badenoch […]

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Being Present to Yourself and Others
2 years, 10 months ago Comments Off on Being Present to Yourself and Others

When I am respecting and holding myself and open to the environment, others will resonate and feel respected and held. By mirroring each other, we can see who and where we are today. We begin to understand what is being called forth from each other. Bonnie Badenoch Being Present to yourself is an aspect of Secure Attachment. Because we are hardwired for it, we can relearn and practice it. It is imperative to healing our attachment styles. Each form of […]

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Exploring the Shape of your Body as you Breathe II
5 years, 10 months ago Comments Off on Exploring the Shape of your Body as you Breathe II

In my last newsletter I introduced the concept of a developmental perspective to breath work, Shape Flow breathing. Awareness of the impact of the growing and shrinking process of breath on the shape of our body changes our relationship to ourself. Grow and Shrink The shape of our breathing influences the shape of our body and the space around us. Because it is a precursor to movement into space and our environment, Shape-Flow supports a way of organizing body level […]

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Love Your Lungs - Organ Support Exercise
6 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on Love Your Lungs – Organ Support Exercise

With the shift in seasons, and change in schedule, are you feeling like you have too much to do and are overwhelmed so that you do nothing?  Are you struggling to get a breath? Are the burdens and stresses of life manifesting physically with tension in your upper body? The pain in our upper body may indicate that there is an imbalance in our lungs since they are the underlying organ support for movement of the arms. I would like […]

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Dynamic Alignment: The Essence of life
6 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on Dynamic Alignment: The Essence of life

I was talking about the benefits of dynamic alignment with Michelle MacDonald one of the great chiropractors I work with. She is an impassioned woman and her response was so infectious.  “Oh! This is the essence of life, it does so much, it allows your nerves to breathe so your organs can function properly.” This really got me to thinking about the essence of life, the multiple layers of health that occurs with alignment and how to easily access and […]

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