What is mindful movement? We hear that term a lot and some even practice this in pilates. But how often do you use it in your everyday activities from walking, eating, getting in and out of the car etc? In this fast-paced world, it’s normal to rush but that can lead to all kinds of problems such as higher stress and even injury if we aren’t paying attention to what we are doing in the moment. All we have is the moment anyway, right? We can’t change what happened yesterday or even five minutes ago nor can we change what will happen tomorrow. So, mindful movement equates simply to focus. It requires only that we stop our “monkey minds” from running free and bringing attention to our present moment. This will not only bring you more fulfilling moments in your everyday life but better results in your workout routines from pilates to barre to any other cardio or weight training routines you practice. Think for a moment how you felt after your last workout. How good did you feel? Consider that perhaps it was because you practiced more focused attention on how your body is moving in space, how it relates to space, and how it feels in space. What would happen if every so often you made this a daily habit? If you checked in with yourself from time to time on how you feel, how you’re moving, how you’re relating to your world? My guess is that you would increase your levels of happiness and decrease your stress. Try it. You’ll see what amazing results occur when you simply slow down and bring your attention into the present moment. If you’re really up for a challenge, try really slowing down. On purpose. As if time were playing out in slow motion. It really does change your perspective and believe it or not, you might even find you get more done in less time than you ever thought possible.
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