Interactions: Stretching to Undo Sitting

Observations based on the Egoscue movement method I learned from Tony Robbins’ 5-day challenge last week, co-mingled with an article I saw at work and crossover to moves I do daily to ease stress and tension brought a thought to mind that I could document this.

My daily body actions are Donna Eden Energy Medicine movements, breath work, eye exercises, along with some Qigong, Yoga, Asian squats, and now, this Egoscue method. Altogether I call this my daily F-L-O-W, a method I share in sessions of Integrating the Spirals™.

I incorporate prayer and meditation, focus, and physical movements in my daily F-L-O-W and now find the Egoscue helps me align my body properly before beginning some of the postures.

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During the 5-day challenge last week, at the beginning and throughout every motivational speech Tony encouraged each participant to stand up, bring a lot of Energy into our bodies by moving around a bit, and throwing high-fives to the screen or someone near us. He encouraged us to move to raise our bodily energies. And it felt sooo good! We did this at least once each hour. It really got me motivated to include some sort of movement into each hour of every day! Even if I forget one hour because I am super focused on something for work, I stand up every two hours. As well, I will get more water to drink, tea, go to the restroom, etc. so I get a bit of walking in too.

I used to walk each morning at 7am and watch the sunrise and am going to work on that next as a means of integrating it back into my loose daily routine. Life’s an Art, remember. I am much more of a flexible person than rigid. I am much more spontaneous than structured in my activities but I appreciate the value of structure, organization, and planning. I tend to aim toward the middle of the personality four squares. I tend to be a centrist and sit in the neutral zone. But while this tendency helps me appreciate from ALL sides, I do think it tends to make me live in the gray zone much more than the black and white contrasts of life, which are also beautiful in many ways. But I digress, or as I call it, veer off into spiral thoughts.

All this said, to help you find what feels good to you and then do it. I was very glad to hear Tony say it can take people six months to forge these kinds of body movements into one’s routine as a habit because I never bought into the theory that it “takes 21 days to establish a habit.” In fact, I’ve actually done several things for a year or more and then stopped because the habit never “took” with me. My personality isn’t wired to habit or addiction, and of course, when it comes to addiction that’s a good thing. I’m strong-willed.

As for the Asian squats I do, now, I am able to sustain this position for a couple of minutes. I used to be too fat (just calling it like it was) to get into the position, and as well, my knees were too weak. Losing twenty pounds in the last few months and strengthening my knees by simply attempting to get into the Asian squat position helped me finally get into it. I do it at least three times a day, always thankful while squatting that I don’t have to do it for work or to use the restroom. I do it for fun and challenge not because I have to.

Now, the challenge for me in the Asian squat is to move from standing to squatting without using my hands in any way, and return to standing after squatting without using my hands. I had to rely on my hands a lot to get into and out of the squat and I didn’t get discouraged when it took me months to achieve the position. I focused on the progress I made each day.

Align with your soul and then, blend. Every cell in your body will thank you. Yes, ALL 50 to 70 to 100 trillion cells, whatever’s in there. They’re dancing, and they’re thanking you for putting yourself with like-minded people in a situation where you can receive.

Be open to receiving many blessings and always is my prayer for you every moment. Spirit sees ALL timelines, interactions, and interweaving lines. We will know too when we are on the Other Side.

Omniscience knows ALL. Omniscience is always with you. You are never alone.

Be the best version of who you want to be–because if you’re reading my words your soul is probably beckoning you to align with it and live up to your highest ideals. Not perfect because who is perfect? Most stagnate or ‘get stuck’ while on their way to being whatever they think perfection is. Making progress is enough. Carrying your Karma lightly is enough. Be kind to yourself while living responsibly. Who you ARE affects us ALL. We Are All Connected.

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12 easy ways to reduce stress!

The following list of helpful and easy ways to reduce stress, is ordered from activities that require the least physical effort, to the most. For the most part, this is a list you can reach for during your workday break times (as there are many more ways to reduce stress when you’re home).

Give one or more a try, especially if any are new to you! You may be surprised with the results!

My favorites are:

  1. Prayer
  2. Meditation / Mindfulness
  3. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT “Tapping”)
  4. Jin Shin Jyutsu
  5. Pranayama breathing
  6. Sniff some essential oil
  7. Gentle stretching
  8. Get up and walk around
  9. Swaying to music
  10. Mindful stair-climbing in conjunction with EFT / JSJ
  11. Yoga
  12. Pilates

For a bit more information on these, I like the following links:

Guided prayers

Or, my favorite prayer is simply, “Thank you“. If there is time, you can think of and add anything you’re grateful for. You just cannot be grateful and upset at the same time.

Meditation and yoga teacher Dr. Alison J. Kay offers weekly group telephone calls, online video-conferencing (Google Hangout), and private sessions where you can learn about meditation techniques. She teaches yoga classes too! Alison’s yoga classes are designed for specific issues / needs; i.e., yoga for triathletes, yoga for runners, yoga for hockey players, yoga for teenage girls, etc. Her group fitness classes include: yoga, mind-body, and core-strengthening. Check out my blog post about her here.

My wonderful Jin Shin Jyutsu teacher, Michelle Giambra offers classes at her studio in Sarasota, Florida and she has a Facebook page here.

Find someone who sells Young Living essential oils and buy Stress Away, a beautiful blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender.

Gentle stretching might involve a few chair yoga moves, or just raising your hands and arms as high as you can and slowly lowering them out and down to your sides while breathing with purpose to slow down. Click here to find some chair yoga videos.

It’s amazing how just breaking your attention, even for a few moments, can ease stress and anxiety! Get up and walk around. A few minutes of walking around will help you to calm, breathe, look at other things, and change your focus. Yes, even just going to the restroom counts!

I like to sway to some original music when I come home after a work. Who wants elevator music? If I could do this at work, life really would be a breeze! To find some exciting new music, click here.

Mindful stair-climbing is something I’ve sort of invented for myself. Well at least I thought so, until I Googled it and found this. I do all sorts of meditation while climbing 8-10 flights of stairs, twice a day. I do it for exercise, and to relieve stress. It clears my head and I can return to work in less than 10 minutes – refreshed. I climb sideways, count backwards from 100, count by 3s, or 4s, etc. and sometimes I just focus on a mantra. It works for me!

Pilates has been the best new class I’ve embarked on in the past year. It’s given me increased range of motion, taught me to breathe more deeply into different areas of the body, and motivated me to eat less and better so I could lose weight (down 13 pounds so far!). Guess I’ll have to keep updating this page to tell you my progress, huh? If you’ve never tried it, check it out. I go to Blue Sage Pilates in Bradenton, Florida. If you live in the area, you may want to give Karol a call and schedule a session! If you can’t find a Pilates class near you, check this out — click here.

Ah, now doesn’t that feel better?

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available now. Buy it here.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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