We go throughout our day feeling, moving, breathing, and thinking. But often these things are separated within us and we carry tension and stress in our bodies. We don't take time to mentally process the day, or physically care for our tired bodies. This has been the reality in my own life, and now the work that I do is focused on movement and how to bring an awareness of our whole self to our self. I try to intentionally move every day and incorporate movement and music into my meditation practice. Because I am healing from Lyme Disease I have to be very intentional to target healing my muscles and nerves. So, I bring sequencing work into my movement. I move my bones and muscle groups in alignment and in balance of both sides of my body, sending signals to my brain of how my body is supposed to function.
The pattern brings calm to my mind and helps bring me into a flow where my body feels stronger and calmer and I'm able to take in the music and pleasure of moving intentionally. I come from this practice empowered and more able-bodied and able-minded to create, work, and interact with other people. Often, after I do my mindful movement practice I will create a simple choreography that also incorporates sequencing. This is exercise for me that is fun and freeing, and also gives me insights into what to create for clients and dance students. Below is a sample of my practice (concentration on upper body, arms and hands—we often forget about our hands!) and then my choreography work after a bit of that practice. Here also is a great article about the power of movement/exercise to heal! (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/embodiment-in-emotional-health-is-mindful-movement-a-primal-key/)