"Movement is the journey of the self"
In this section you will learn how slow tempo movement can enable you to reduce your pain and discomfort, and rest even deeper.
Slow Movement Exercises
Yin Yoga and Qigong are very well known eastern forms of movement and have been practiced for thousands of years. They include slow, mobilisations to promote the "rest, digest, and repair" mechanisms of the body.
When these exercises are performed with a slow tempo, you will active the parasympathetic (PNS) nervous system; this system enables the ‘base state’ of the body and mind known as homeostasis, and it opens up the ‘energy centres’ of the body responsible for storing emotions from your past.
Homeostasis is when healing occurs
By doing slow movement exercises on a daily basis you will lower your blood pressure and slow the heart and breathing rate, especially after a stressful event. Additionally, blood flow is redirected to the digestive and reproductive organs, and the endocrine and lymphatic system, the parts of your body that need to be nourished daily to look and feel your best. We will cover more on how emotions store themselves in various regions of the body in the final section on Thoughts.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, with asanas (positions) that are held for longer periods of time. For beginners, asanas may be held from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. Each one of the Yin Yoga asanas is designed to calm down your nervous system and open up the regions of the body in a less aggressive way than conventional stretching.
Qigong is system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training. It involves oscillation movements known to cultivate life force in different regions of the body. When performed for 10-20 minutes you can feel an uplift of energy and you feel more coordinated with your body movements. This can be done in nature which is even more grounding.
If you have access to a yin yoga studio and/or qigong studio then consider becoming a member. Doing these for at least 3 times per week can have a significant impact on your health and vitality. They are also a great way to meet likeminded people looking to improve their wellbeing.
Alternatively, you can find thousands of videos on Youtube! Here’s a couple of links to get you started;
If you have an existing injury or health concern then feel free to contact me directly or contact your physician before embarking on a movement practice.
Movement is life!