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September 20, 2015

Real Self-Care: Intuitive Movement

This post is part of a month-long series on Real Self-Care for world-changers. It’s about the experimentation: figuring out what works for you and following your heart. Simple, messy and everything in between. Self-care should be custom, intuitive, feasible and kind – to serve your actual life.


Intuitive Movement

Just move.

Get on your mat and listen to how your body wants to move. Let the poses come as they will; don’t sweat the sequencing. Put on your favorite song and throw a 4 minute dance party (from your chair, if necessary).

Any way you slice it, today’s lesson is simple: trust your body and let it move how it wants to.

Go for a walk, let the dog chase you around the house, or just shake your whole body. Or maybe the what your body is asking for today will be rest. Maybe tomorrow it will be some gently lying twists, or spinal stretch.

You never know, but listening is the first step to giving your body what it wants and healing though movement.

Maybe this is more about rest for you today, moving more slowly and deliberately. Maybe you want to hop on a bicycle and feel like you’re flying. Maybe you want to step onto your yoga mat and see what poses your body asks for.

Get quiet. Listen to your body – what it needs, what it craves, what feels joyful. Follow your intuition. Try something. See what happens. Try something else… And so on. It’s all about intuition paired with experimentation.

Oh, and joy. Joy is an important ingredient in movement. It is a miracle to have a body. It shouldn’t feel like a chore to move or express yourself. Let it be a pleasurable experience.

Take a few minutes to celebrate it by letting it expressing itself through movement.

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