Last week I had the amazing opportunity to take Erin Andersons Movement and meditation workshop at Communitas located in Glendale, CO. We explored our breath in connection with organic movement, as well as the 10 movements Thich Nhat Hanh teaches.
During and after the workshop I felt invigorated and grounded in my body.
Growing up as a young women influenced by the cheer-leading and dance world, everything was about perfection. If my body was my home, it constantly needed improvement. Initially when I first started practicing yoga, I was more interested in the workout. As I have grown in my practice and my soul foundation, I have realized it's less about home improvement and more about being. Learning what it means to truly be and breathe in my body. Learning what it feels like to truly love the space I contain, and remembering there is a balance to everything.
Linda Hartley in her book, Wisdom of the Body Moving, writes about the balance and process of creation and life itself. There is a time to do and a time to be. The presence of both are essential for our well being. Ultimately remembering that our body is our first home. I realized if I wanted to take care of my whole self, I had to change my outlook and the old agreements I made with my body as a child. I needed to eat healthy not so I looked thin, but for the purpose of nourishing my bones, tissues, organs and mental health. I needed to be active, not to look thin and athletic, but to be able bodied and know the signs my body is communicating to me. I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and instead of looking at my stomach to make sure it looked lean, to look at myself and say, "my body is a gift."