Forward Motion

FORWARD MOTION

Spring is a season of transformation. Invitations for forward motion in our lives arise during this period. Sometimes we feel pulled or pushed by the changes and invitations around us. Other times we feel confused. And occasionally we want to leap into action!

No matter how you are feeling about Spring or what is moving in your life, these two movement explorations will coordinate your responsivity so that you open to the appropriate changes in your world.  

By opening the front of the body, we welcome forward motion on a cellular level. We grow comfortable with vulnerability by stretching the under surface, belly-side, of the body.  We activate responsive reflexes of startle, surprise, and warding off. Opening the front of the body opens the path of upward flow. 

Try these front body openings once a day and see how you respond.

Report your action steps and observations in the comments section below

I will be thrilled to tune in for what you find!

 

EASY FRONT BODY OPENING

    1. Lie belly down on a yoga mat, blanket, or carpet. Extend your arms overhead.  2. Listen to the front surface of your body in contact with the ground. Spend a moment bonding your front surface with the ground, letting the tissue across your forehead, throat, chest, belly, pelvis, legs, and feet open.   3. Send the front of your body into the ground and wait for the rebound that will send you up into an arch. Connecting and opening the front surface of your body into the ground will set into motion an easeful reflex to find your way up. Your forearms or hands arms can support you underneath your shoulders.   

 

1. Lie belly down on a yoga mat, blanket, or carpet. Extend your arms overhead.

2. Listen to the front surface of your body in contact with the ground. Spend a moment bonding your front surface with the ground, letting the tissue across your forehead, throat, chest, belly, pelvis, legs, and feet open. 

3. Send the front of your body into the ground and wait for the rebound that will send you up into an arch. Connecting and opening the front surface of your body into the ground will set into motion an easeful reflex to find your way up. Your forearms or hands arms can support you underneath your shoulders.

 

FRONT BODY OPENING RESTORATIVE

    1. Gather a pile of pillows, blankets, towels, bolsters, or rollers. Whatever you have around will suffice.  2. Build a nice arched structure with the higher props underneath your chest and lower props to support your head and arms.  3. Lay back with your feet on the floor and knees bent. Adjust the height of the props so that you feel fully supported in an arch without imposition or strain. Rest in the pose. Place your awareness to the tissue at the front of your body. What do you observe happening?   

 

1. Gather a pile of pillows, blankets, towels, bolsters, or rollers. Whatever you have around will suffice.

2. Build a nice arched structure with the higher props underneath your chest and lower props to support your head and arms.

3. Lay back with your feet on the floor and knees bent. Adjust the height of the props so that you feel fully supported in an arch without imposition or strain. Rest in the pose. Place your awareness to the tissue at the front of your body. What do you observe happening?