Grounding, Breath and Movement
Breath: The depth of breathing is a reflection of our emotional health. Breathing is the basic pulsation of the whole body (expansion/contraction). It is the foundation for the experience of pleasure and pain. Deep breathing charges the body and literally makes it come alive. Holding/restricting the breath on the other hand, impacts our ability to feel. It feeds depression, anxiety and limits sexual satisfaction. It narrows our concentration. It limits us in being fully here.
Grounding: Grounding affects our entire experience of living and relating to the world. Grounding is a function of presence. When we are grounded we are here in the present moment. We can be physically grounded (feeling rooted and our feet on the ground), mentally (expressed through a healthy ego and sense of reality) and emotionally grounded (able to distinguish between real feelings in the present moment and those from the past).
Movement: Movement can be thought of as being spontaneous or controlled. Spontaneity is a function of self-expression. The less constrained we are by maintaining our idealized self-image the more spontaneous and authentic our movements may be. Controlled movements represent the ego's restraint upon spontaneity. We need a healthy balance of spontaneity and ego control for coordination and gracefulness in our movement. An imbalance of spontaneity and control can lead to impulsivity or rigidity.
This workshop will explore breath, grounding and movement through didactic teaching and experientials. Becoming conscious of how we use our breath and our movement, and being aware of how present/grounded we are in each moment can lend to changes in behaviors and patterns of relating to ourselves and those around us.
Gain awareness of how breath, grounding (presence) and movement reflect our beliefs and relationship to our feeling state
Tools to work with breath, grounding and movement for stress management and decision making