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up + down: ten standing + hands/feet movements

Shall we oscillate?

To oscillate means to move back and forth in a regular pattern, to sway or swing like a pendulum.

To vacillate, by contrast, means to move back and forth in an irregular pattern.

Some days I notice that movement and breathing feel regular, steady -- like an oscillation. And other days vacillation is the better descriptor. Both are normal qualities of movement and feeling.

Sometimes I want the steadiness, sometimes I want the unexpected. Sometimes I turn to movement to inspire the uncertain, and other times to find steady ground and calm an uneven mood.

Perhaps take note of which you need today and bring that intent into your practice. Enjoy!

Listen to "up + down: 10 movements standing + hands-feet"


The 10 movements offered in the "up + down" episode

  • Standing, lift + lower arms
  • Downdog, peddle feet
  • Plank, hold
  • Downdog, hold
  • Standing, twist
  • Warrior 1, lift + lower arms
  • Warrior 1, fold
  • Plank, hold
  • Kneeling seat, hug or cross arms
  • Kneeling seat, upright or forward fold (child's)

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.

Be moving, be true, be you

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