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Moved to Heal gets a new format

I'm trying out a shorter, more concise format for the Moved to Heal practice episodes.

In the new format, the practices are shorter, and most offer forms grouped by "type": standing, seated, hands and knees (or hands and feet), reclining, prone, and breathing. I've also eliminated the section where I describe the movements in the practice (if you like that part, please let me know!), on the understanding that most people tuning in are somewhat familiar with yoga forms and the names of movements. Just in case you want more information about a form or movement, I created a yoga forms library. I'm still building it out and some forms or movements may not be posted yet. That said, if you want to see one that is missing, please write me about it --just in case I don't realize it's not there!

I hope you'll give this new format a try and let me know what you think! Do you prefer one version over the other? Did I cut anything that was useful to you? Did I add something you really like?

Any feedback you're comfortable sharing will help me make the podcast better for you!

 
Listen to "Expanding Standing Forms" on Spreaker.
 

What’s in the "Expanding" episode of Moved to Heal?

I offer standing forms and movements that have a wide or "expanded" base. If you want to see any of the forms, you can search by name in the library of yoga forms.
 

The forms + movements offered in this episode

  • Warrior 2 / wide lunge stance
  • Wide-legged stance / wide-legged forward bend
  • Triangle / side hinge
  • Standing spiral or twist

While you listen to the episode, you can do or not do any of the practices, and in whatever manner or degree you choose.

 

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.

 

You can give it a try when you're ready

Listen to "Expanding Standing Forms" on Spreaker.

 
Be moving, be true, be you
esther
 
 

photo credit andrew buchanan, found on unsplash

Healing is work

Yoga is often associated with relaxation and general wellness -- with each and every practice. That can be the case for some, and it can also be the case that your experience will vary quite a bit from day to day. Moving through a practice can be work -- not only in the physical movements, but also in what might come up in the form of emotions and stress responses. And that's normal. If you thing over the long-term the practices are helping you work through your healing, it's ok if some days moving through the practice just kinda sucks. One practice does not the whole practice make, so to speak. And healing is an ongoing, one-day-at-a-time process for all of us.

 
Listen to "waking center: 5 movements standing + hands-feet" on Spreaker.
 

What’s in the "waking center" episode of moved to heal?

  • Welcome + introduction
  • Description of the movements (see list below)
  • Movement cueing (begins at 8:00)

 

The 5 movements offered in the "waking center" episode

  • Standing, twist
  • Warrior 1, lift + lower arms
  • Downdog, peddle feet
  • Plank
  • Kneeling seat, hug or cross arms

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.

 

You can give it a try when you're ready

Listen to "waking center: 5 movements standing + hands-feet" on Spreaker.

 
Be moving, be true, be you
esther
 
 

photo credit chris barbalis, found on unsplash

It's ok to take your time

Welcome to this week's TSY practice! If you give it a try, I invite you to leave aside expectations or assumptions and trust how you feel in a given moment, even if it takes a while to figure out how that is. It can take time and space to let yourself observe what's happening in the present, and that's ok.

 
Listen to "steady: 15 movements standing" on Spreaker.
 

What’s in the "steady" episode of moved to heal?

  • Welcome + introduction
  • Description of the movements (see list below)
  • Movement cueing (begins at 16:00)

 

The 15 movements offered in the steady episode

  • Standing, side bend
  • Standing, roll down + up
  • Standing, twist
  • Warrior 1, bend + straighten leg
  • Warrior 1, arms hug or cross
  • Warrior 1, fold + lift
  • Standing balance, leg lift in three directions
  • Standing balance, tree
  • Standing balance, lift straight leg
  • Warrior 2, lift + lower arms
  • Warrior 2, reach + tilt torso
  • Warrior 2, hold
  • Standing, backbend
  • Standing, spiral
  • Standing, pause

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.

 

You can give it a try when you're ready

Listen to "steady: 15 movements standing" on Spreaker.
 
Be moving, be true, be you
esther
 
 

photo credit chris barbalis, found on unsplash

Be where you are

Today, I invite you to let yourself be where you are --in whatever way you take that invitation. And with that, I want to share a bit about letting your breathing be where it is, because our breathing and physiological state (and therefore our emotional state) are causally linked. Breathing is part of a network of systems with many moving and interrelating parts. I wrote more on that here. You might read it or go right on with with this week's practice. Enjoy!

 
Listen to "weaving: 10 movements standing" on Spreaker.
 

What’s in the "weaving" episode of moved to heal?

  • Welcome + introduction
  • Description of the movements (see list below)
  • Movement cueing (begins at 10:30)

 

The 10 movements offered in the weaving episode

  • Standing, roll down + up
  • Warrior 2, lift + lower arms
  • Standing, side bend
  • Warrior 2, reach + tilt torso
  • Standing balance, tree
  • Warrior 1, arms hug or cross
  • Standing balance, lift straight leg
  • Warrior 1, bend + straighten leg
  • Standing, backbend
  • Standing, pause

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.

 

You can give it a try when you're ready

Listen to "weaving: 10 movements standing" on Spreaker.

 
Be moving, be true, be you
esther
 
 

photo credit catrin johnson, found on unsplash

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