The value of mindful movement are the same as any other mindfulness practice. We bring our full attention to the present moment to experience here and now. We bring our awareness to movement and focus on our breath or the way how our body feels as it moves. When our mind wonders, we bring our attention back to the prac
Breathing exercises are different from when we observe our breath at rest during seated meditation. Instead, we connect with our body by purposefully elongating our breaths to calm our parasympathetic nervous system, or shorten our breath for short periods of time to refresh and refocus.
A walking meditation can be a simple and effective way to explore mindful movement. The biggest difference between a walking meditation and going for a walk as we usually would is that when we’re practicing meditation, we aren’t aiming to go anywhere. Instead, we walk slowly and try to bring our full awareness to the act of walking. That can look like focusing on our breath, or feeling the ground beneath our feet as one step turns into the next. When our mind wanders, we bring it back to the sensations of the moment.
Pilates and yoga can help us release tension, stiffness, and heavy emotions. When our bodies don’t move, they don’t feel good, and neither do our minds. Taking a moment to let go of the day’s distractions, getting away from the desk or couch, and engaging in gentle movement can help us boost our energy, focus, and resilience.
If you’re looking to blow off steam, working out is another opportunity for mindfulness. Dancing can be a great way to tune in to our body, synchronize our breath, and be in the moment, all while building strength and nourishing our muscles.