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balancing + breathing: ten kneeling + standing movements

More on feelings

Some feelings are in our brains and some feelings are in our bodies.
Some feelings are thoughts. And some feelings are sensations.

For example, the pain I have in my knees is a sensation in my body, I guess. The frustration in my mind, the pain in my regret that I have to work with this physical pain in my knees -- that is more of a feeling in my mind.

Really, though, I don't think there's too much distinction between feelings in the brain and feelings in the body. That may be how we distinguish or perceive what's happening -- we think of feelings as coming from our brains or bodies, of being in our minds or physical being, of happening to us or being us. Sometimes these distinctions are useful, sometimes they’re not. I invite you to be open to what you think --and feel.

Listen to "balancing + breathing: 10 movements kneeling + standing"


The 10 movements offered in the "balancing + breathing" episode

  • Kneeling seat, lift + pull arms
  • Kneeling seat, sweep arms
  • Hands/knees, cat/cow
  • Hands/knees, side to side
  • Hands/knees, birddog balance (limbs reach forward/backward)
  • Hands/knees, side birddog balance (limbs reach out to the sides)
  • Kneeling lunge, lift + lower arms
  • Kneeling lunge, twist
  • Standing, side bend
  • Standing, breathe

I guide you through this practice step by step, and you can choose to skip or stay with any area you like.


What makes this trauma informed?

Choices, invitations, noticing, open-ended experiments. Read more about those here.


Integration suggestion

After listening to the episode, perhaps take a moment to check in: did you notice something that you want to remember or follow up on? If yes, maybe jot it down in a notebook or record a voice memo to help you remember.

Be moving, be true, be you

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