More people find themselves in their body

Wouldn’t the above be a great National news headline?! It could be now..! A dream being lived and a practice to help you live it! Can you feel your body on this Earth, here and now, as you read this…

The story would be about people across the colonial Westernised influenced world realising that bodies are sensitive for a reason, so we can respond to them! To me and maybe to you also, this isn’t just a fanciful thought, it feels important for the whole of life as we know it and don’t know it.

The story continues: people would grasp the concept of ‘soma’ – as the ancient Greeks (who lent us this word) did and many present-day Earth-respecting (often indigenous but also somatic revolutionaries!) people do – which is that the body lives us, adapts us, creates responses to environments and relationships and receives and processes more information than we can ever hope to know about.

But we would be collectively realising that we can relate in life huge amounts more, through our bodies, than we currently do! Soma-tic connection and movement would be valued as a practice that connects us into that intelligence. Consulting our somatic consciousness regularly would be supported rather than labelled ‘self indulgent’ by our cultural media and championed for health and wellbeing as much as our ‘keep fit’ practices.

Somatic language would be becoming more commonplace, for communicating our bodymind experience, rather than remaining a mystical concept of ‘intuitives’ or ‘psychics’ so that more and more we’d be sharing our experiences in conversation and supporting the somatic balance with and around each other for more gentle and respectful balance of expectations in life. A kind of ‘quiet’ revolution – or maybe not so quiet…

So, we can energise the ripple and if you’d like, here is an invitation to ask: how is your bodymind, your soma?

How do you check in and begin receiving yourself in this way? You may like to try things I’ve offered on my previous blog posts, or something you know works for you. Then just receive the first signals you recognise from your body, your senses, your feelings? And now is there more?

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Autumn Body Mind Movement classes starting 18 September – book now!

Moving Body Mind classes aim to uncover a less-explored realm of ourselves: the mind in our bodies, which evokes our animal nature and is also deeply wired into our humanity. We explore the ways we can attune and engage more carefully with our nervous systems, discovering the subtle transitions between rest and movement, following the unique and authentic cycles and rhythms within our own body. We explore our anatomy through touch and movement to find out more from our amazing alive embodied selves!

Mari’s training and her lived experience inform her approach to facilitating and she’s very keen to offer a feeling of mutual support in the group as well as her own presence and attunement to wellbeing. Advance booking essential as places are limited! Contact me here

Bodymind Movement Classes

Forthcoming Bodymind Movement Classes – next series starts 12 June 6-8pm!
The story so far…
Many times upon a Tuesday evening… within the sensually uplifting, warm and bright yoga studio off the Slad Road… A curious, warm-hearted and supportive group of people gather, to immerse themselves in connection with their amazing bodymind! The aim of the classes is to give time to rest into connection with your inner sensations, let go of the usual ways you treat your body and become receptive to the instinctive and creative mind of your physical body, re-balancing your relationship to your authentic self… Please message me to book on – details on the flier!

Simple Self Care

Simple self care is a revolution slowly happening in the over-stretched mentally identified, burning out ‘Western’ culture.

My blog posts are aiming to offer small ways to join this revolution and here, I’m making it really simple!

Would you like to take a quick break now? What is your normal break-time pursuit? Maybe, like me, you normally try to do stuff in your breaks which is about catching up on personal needs and life? Which means meeting overridden needs like checking social media! following up communications… topping up the food/drink consumption, discharging stress with exercise… thinking thinking thinking… These habits are endemic to my life in a culture which likes to tell us what we need but doesn’t place value on us taking time to connect to our deeper personal needs!

I’m always looking to tempt myself and others into a deeper self connection before I do any of them… would you like to join me in this personal revolution? At least, once?!

How about next time you take a break, first click on this image (right) to get the picture! Then try putting your hands on your body and taking a few breaths… Next give some attention to your body’s inner sensations to show you how you are? And then the choice is yours and you can bring this bodymind awareness into the choice you make about what you need in your break.

Change doesn’t have to be a big effort… each breath is an opportunity for the soft revolution!

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A Space for your Face!

Do you get sore eyes or tension headaches at times due to straining your eyes at a screen or having a bit of a ‘social mask’ on during the day? Take your attention to your face as you read this, do you notice how your eyes are feeling? How your brow feels? Your jaw? You may notice some tension or strain as you read this. I wonder what you might notice if you stopped reading, close your eyes for a minute and if you would like it, I’ve recorded a 3 minute audio track to guide you; click below:

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Easing with breath: neck and shoulders

 

Is this how you feel after a few hours at the computer, or thinking about worrysome issues? Or do you have a lingering or chronic pain in your shoulders and neck? Time for some body self care right here right now! Breath, ground and attention inward may help to slow down your thoughts, loosen some tension and regain some connection to your whole body resources.

I invite you now to take about 6 minutes or longer if you can, for an exercise that I’ll guide you through. You can do this exercise sitting or standing, but just please don’t do it whilst facing the computer!

Floored…

I love lying on the floor, but I know ‘most people’ don’t necessarily do this and who can blame them if most floors look something like this (right)? In order to see what’s been written out there in the mainstream, I just googled ‘benefits of lying on the floor’. I’ve been exploring and experiencing the benefits of flooring myself for some while now, training in body awareness, self-care and somatic wellbeing. I’ve learnt to really, really value clean, clear ones! The articles I found on google match my experience and highlight the forgotten truths about how much time we are conditioned into spending in fixed positions and movement habits: sat in chairs at tables, standing, walking etc, all about being upright, goal-oriented and focused on external awarness. Our work and home environments are made to keep us off the often dirty or unpleasant to touch floor spaces. I realised how few and far between are the purpose-built floor spaces where not only sho’d feet dare touch and rest upon them.

So, how is it in your home? I posted a few months back about clearing and creating a dedicated patch of floor in your home where you can freely and comfortably lie, spread out and roll side to side. Here’s another little nudge of encouragement! Maybe you want to invest in a blanket which covers the space you need, which you can unfurl and offers you a texture to lie on which delights you!

Give your body a treat and let it show you how much pleasure can be found when you make the conditions right for you to follow the pull of gravity, rest onto the floor’s firm surface and take some time out to be another kind of creature; a kind that rolls, stretches, rests still and connects to its inner senses… just for 5 minutes if that’s all you can give it. Enjoy!

Return to your body

Dear reader, mover, human being in the world, wherever and however you are when you read this, I invite you to remember and return to your body senses. Just for a moment, go on, pause and feel and allow your breath to be softer, fuller; let this moment return you to your senses and what you need. A chance to acknowledge and keep any of your needs in your awareness to be met now or soon. Simple, Self-care, So important! If you want to receive posts like this to your email inbox, please subscribe below!

Discover yourself in movement…

Book now! Beginner and veteran embodied explorers, more opportunities are calling you!

Two spaces available for the next four sessions: February evenings can feel hard to go out into, however, Tuesday evening Origins of Movement sessions (click flier image) are actually an invitation very much to ‘stay in’ your body, journeying alongside other Explorers into worlds of sensory experience of movement, within a most wonderful warm and delicious smelling yoga studio…
The sessions in January have been truely engaging and rewarding, opening the sensory and imaginal connections to wonderment, insight and embodied nourishment!

If you’re curious how movement can ‘nourish’ but are unsure if this is for you, please do enquire with me.
Please contact me IN ADVANCE if you want to book on and CLICK on the flier image below for more information.

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