Awareness through Movement® for the 4th Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Heart Chakra

Located in the human heart region, the Heart Chakra connects and balances the upper chakras of spirit and the lower chakras of matter – meeting of spirit and body.

It is associated with the heart, thymus, circulatory and immune system.

Read more on subtle Chakra  Energy Centers

The guided patterns in Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase available movement and enhance ones ability to cope.  One can enjoy higher levels of tolerance by recruiting more body parts typically not used.  The  gift of these patterns are that the held patterns in ones posture can be released without necessarily having to put  stories to past conditioning.  An example of this in movement-action is in the heart region location itself.  The Heart Chakra  is located inside the right and left rib cages and along the spine.  Opening the chest to widen  the ribs and alternating movement to close and narrow them supports a healthy nervous system.  This results in a calmer and more peaceful state of being.  The stuck pattern of the ribs could be due to any manner of past emotional, mental or physical conflict or trauma however opening and closing the chest increases rib movement which supports healthy spinal movement stimulating ones nervous system.  Employing more movement in this region increases range of motion, deepens exhalation and inhalation and creates new movement habits while releasing years of constraint without having to put stories to it!

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture beside can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on freeing up: arms, shoulders, neck, ribs, spine and pelvic movements and incorporating a more 3 dimension experience through rotation.    

 

 

Try this example experience of  7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. Start in a sitting position and begin to notice your breathe.  Check in to notice movement during your inhalation and exhalation cycles.  As you breath in there is potential for an expansion and as you exhale there is potential for a contraction.
  2. Let it go and begin to synchronize a pattern following your in-breath.  As you breath in begin to take your upper arms and shoulders together towards your spine.  As soon as you stop breathing in, let it go and drop your arms and shoulders back into a natural hanging at your sides.  Repeat for 8 to 9 breaths.
  3. Pause and rest for 4 or 5 breath cycles.
  4. Come back now once repeating last movement pattern and notice any changes.
  5. Now focus on your exhalation and soften your sternum and front ribs by bringing your arms and shoulders away from your spine.  Allow your upper ribs soften and sink towards your spine in the back.  Repeat 8 or 9 times following your exhalation.
  6. Pause and rest noticing any changes before coming back.
  7. When you come back to the movement pattern begin to alternate you’re in and out breathes with taking your shoulders towards and away from your spine.  Let you front ribs, sternum, neck head and pelvis take part in the movement.  Release any holding and simply notice what wants to join in.  Repeat 8 or 9 times and let it go

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  Movement in the area focused upon in the above steps is most commonly known as the startle reflex and typically is held firmly without any signs of resilience or flexibility.   What is the opposite of the sternum?  The spine and nervous systems.


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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Pickled Eggs with Salt & Whey Brine

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com                                                                                                                                 

Hard boiled eggs in salt and whey brine with beet juice for colour! Just in time for Christmas.

This egg was in fermenting jar for 4 – 1/2 days and has perfect flavour.  The next batch will be in Turmeric which has a different colour and taste.


Equipment

  • Mason Jar
  • Fermenting Lid

Ingredients

  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Liquid Whey (from Cream cheese recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons of Beet Juice
  • Optional:  Garlic, peppercorns, jalapeno & favorite herbs

Steps

  • Place hard-boiled eggs into mason jar to fit number of eggs you are pickling.  I used a 750 ml jar and 5 eggs.  I could have added 4 more eggs to jar.
  • Mix ingredients and pour over eggs.
  • Cover with fermenting lid and store in darkened space for 4 or more days.

Once you open the jar, place in the fridge.  Eat within two weeks.


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Awareness through Movement® for the 2nd Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Sacral Chakra

Located between pubic bone and belly button, the Sacral Chakra governs the uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries, and testes.

It is associated with self-respect, creativity, purity, togetherness, feminine sensuality, sexuality and manifestation.

Read more on subtle Chakra  Energy Centers

 

The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase ones available movement through the integration of movement patterns that may no longer be being used.  An example of this for the Sacral Chakra is the pelvic movements that one would see or experience in belly dance.  These two pictures below demonstrate one possible reason that the movements in this area may become restricted.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture below can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on the pelvic tilt and rotation that will expand to include movement upward through the spine and downward through the hips.  

 

All guided Awareness through Movement® Lessons, called ATM’s, would support the 2nd  Chakra as the pelvis is the power center of structural movements.  Any whole  rotational movement pattern in an ATM would be designed to increase the available counter balance potential in the body.  This would include engaging the moving parts of the pelvic region.

Try this example experience of 8 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1.  In a sitting position on a chair notice your sit bones – the bony points.
  2.  Bring yourself forward on the chair to free up your thighs and back, place feet flat on the floor and hands on things.  Now check in to your sit bones and notice if they feel differently that in step 1.
  3. Now tilt your pelvis forward a few times while noticing how you do this.  Does your back arch or stay straight?  If your back stays straight, are you leaning your torso forward to tilt your pelvis?  If so, can you tilt your pelvis forward without leaning your whole upper body forward?
  4. Pause a moment and in stopping, check in to notice if you feel your sit bones on the chair differently?
  5. Now come back and tilt your pelvis backward a few times while noticing how you do this.  Does your back stay straight while you lean you whole upper body back?  If so, can you move your pelvis back without tilting your head, shoulders and torso back?  What happens to your lower back if you initiate the movement from your pelvis without tilting?
  6. Pause a moment and notice what you feel now sitting on the chair.  Where does your attention go?
  7. Come back and alternate this tilt of your pelvis forward and backward. a number of times.  As you take your pelvis backward let your lower back round somewhat and make room to let your upper body drop down.  As you tilt your pelvis forward let your upper body lengthen and become taller.  Begin to sync your breath in with bringing your pelvis forward and release your breath as you take your pelvis backward.
  8. Pause and in resting notice what has changed.  Where is your attention going now?

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  In this example that brings focus to increasing movement through awareness of the experience of a fuller pelvic tilt one can increase upper and lower counter balance organically without being told how to do it which increases a fuller integration via the nervous system that isn’t available when told to do the action.

For more information on #yyj Feldenkrais® opportunities visit

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Renee has been sharing Feldenkrais® professionally since 2007 through personal session called Functional Integration® and in group workshops called Awareness through Movement® Lessons.

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Awareness through Movement® for the 1st Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

 

The Root Chakra  is associated with family roots, survival, motivation, groundedness, power, creativity, will power, aliveness, courage, and feelings towards ones own  physical body.

The Root Chakra encompasses the base of the spine, the pelvic floor &  first three vertebrae

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The guided patterns of Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase the internal sense of support by increasing the capacity to feel supported from the inside out.  In our culture our educational  and environmental designs have unconsciously encouraged the loss of connection with the sensory awareness of feeling ones own physical support through the lower half of ones body parts.  This loss of physical feeling of those parts,  that relate to direct action, would increase the stimulation in the brain in the area which focuses upon survival.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture to the side can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on increasing ones awareness and available movement in the lower moving body parts in relation to the pelvis and counterbalance of upper parts.  This includes toes, feet (top & bottom), ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs and hip joints.


 

Try this example experience of 7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. In standing position shift your weight from side to side, into one foot first and then over to the other.   Repeat many times.
  2.  Pause a moment and notice if you have become more aware of your feet.
  3.  Now continue to shift your weight from side to side and bring your attention to your whole body movement.  Are you tilting your whole body left and right and back again?  if so, stop a moment and then begin again, only this time thrust your pelvis to the side instead of tilting your upper body.  Notice the weight in your feet as you thrust your pelvis from side to side.
  4. Pause a moment and notice where your attention is going.
  5. Come back a couple of times thrusting your pelvis from side to side and notice what you sense in your back, hips, legs and feet.
  6.  Now go back to your original movement of tilting from side to side.  Notice the quality in each of the two different movements.
  7.  Stop and notice your feet and legs to check in on any changes in your perception.

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  In this example one can focus on the lower body movements the increase efficiency of counterbalancing the upper and lower moving body parts that will quiet the minds fear that arises from lack of mobility that creates a tittering effect in upright postures.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

Awareness through Movement® for 6th & 7th Chakras

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Crown & Brow Chakras

 

The Crown Chakra  is associated with personal peace and insight.

The Brow Chakra encompasses the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain and is associated with the center of ones intuition.

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The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can take one from the external experience into the internal one.  It is unlike any types of movement this writer has experienced from dance, fitness programs, Yoga, Pilates, and more.  The experience has been a fuller integration of the senses, emotions, feelings and spaciousness from thoughts.  The guided pattern of movement immediately focuses one attention that. for this writer, creates spaciousness similar to the experience after long periods of sitting meditation.

Moshe Feldenkrais explored many development movement patterns that are learned by us as babies in order to evolve from being held to intentionally rolling, sitting, standing, talking, talking, thinking, speaking, and living fully.

Another important aspect of these Awareness through Movement® lessons has been the effects on clarity of mind and the calming of emotions and feelings.  The feelings stimulated by thinking are reduced by the increase in flexibility.  A quote of Moshes was, “Flexible body, flexible mind.’   

Awareness through Movement® organically calms emotions and feelings by increasing one’s level of tolerance to circumstances and environment.  This increase in tolerance can enable one to increase their capacity for peace and deeper insight moment to moment in tune to balanced 6th and 7th chakras.

 

 

 

Like diet these emotional grouping in the above pictures can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on ones head in space and how it is fully supported by the structure of ones body in rotation that includes the eyes, ears, mouth, tongue, cheeks, etc.

All guided Awareness through Movement® Lessons, called ATM’s, would support the 6th & 7th Chakras as the intention of the patterns are designed to focus ones attention to specifically bring a state of experiencing each moment using the movement itself.  In meditation one is taken into a practice of following the breath or imagery while Feldenkrais® takes one into the focused experience of their personal action from the inside out.

Try this example experience of 7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1.  Either in sitting or standing rotate your head quietly to the left and right.  Only go as far as comfortable with no strain.
  2.  Repeat 3 or 4 times and simply notice the quality of your head rotation.
  3.  Pause for 10 or so breathes in and exhalations out.
  4.  Now bend you right elbow and bring your right hand to the top of your head and touch your finger tips only to your crown.  Your hand will create a cone shape.  In this new starting position rotate your head quietly to the left and right.  Only go as far as comfortable with no strain.
  5. Repeat 3 or 4 times and simply notice the quality of your head rotation.  With this new hand and arm position, do you feel your rotate any differently?  Where is your attention being drawn to now?
  6.  Pause for 10 or so breathes in and exhalations out.
  7.  Come back to simply rotating your head left and right in either your standing or sitting position.  Has anything changed?  Are you more aware of your head in space?

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when participating in the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  In this example that brings focus to ones crown through movement patterns, one can increase their rotation without contrived movement.  The hand and arm configuration creates a rotation through the torso organically that hasn’t been mentioned in the pattern making it an organic movement.  This creates  a fuller integrative experience through the nervous system that isn’t available through simply being told via an action.

For more information on #yyj Feldenkrais® opportunities visit

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Making Cream Cheese from Home-made Yogurt!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Cream Cheese, Salt & Whey

I am feeling inspired by making cream cheese from our home-made yogurt.  It is rewarding as over the years I have not been able to justify spending so much money at the grocery store for these food items.  The additional concerns are the additives that are in these products for preserving their shelf-life while they get to the store and then sit before being purchased and consumed.

The joy of beginning to make home-made cream cheese is the potential of pairing ad blending in edibles from the backyard for increased fresh goodness and taste.

Making cream cheese is simple.  My only regret is not investigating this recipe sooner.

Equipment

  • Cheesecloth
  • Bowl
  • Funnel or strainer
  • Recycled Jar

Ingredients

  • Yogurt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • herbs & spices for pairing

3 Simple Steps to making Cream Cheese

 

  1. Place yogurt in cheesecloth inside strainer or large funnel that is set over bowl.  Let sit for 3 to 4 hours to strain *whey as it separates from the yogurt.  Let it drip into jar and save.
  2. When firmer tie up the ends of the cheese cloth and hang it so the weight of the yogurt  will filter and separate more liquid whey. Let sit for 3 to 4 hours or leave overnight.
  3. Remove remaining ball from the cheesecloth and put into bowl.  Mix with salt to taste and add any herbs, spices or edibles that you may enjoy flavouring your cream cheese.

Enjoy


  • Liquid Whey can be used in other recipes:
    • culture for home-made yogurt
    • fermentation of other foods
    • add to soups & stews

Whey is considered a complete protein as it has all 9 essential amino acids and it is low in lactose content.

Whey has also become popular as a supplement to improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean muscle mass.

5 reasons to make your own cream cheese

  1. Inexpensive (Free Even)
    • If you buy milk and make your own yogurt the only cost is for cheesecloth!
  2. It’s Fresh & you control the ingredients 
    • I use home-made yogurt to create cream cheese so I choose the type of milk!
  3. It connects you to the food you are eating and its source
    • There is pleasure in eating food that you have created from scratch that is easy and beneficial to your health and the health of the planet.  Once you begin to develop an interest you may go to the dairy farmers direct to get the freshest milk ingredients!
  4. It’s delicious
  5. A second healthy whole protein is obtained in the process without any additional expenses:  Whey!

Cream Cheese – Yellow Food

Make your own Yogurt

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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

From scratch creating a mother scoby (just as in Kombucha)

The Supplies:

  • 1 gallon jar
  • Cheesecloth (Coffee filter)
  • Elastic band

Ingredients from cupboard,

garden or market:

  • 5 organic apples, unwaxed peels & cores
  • 1 cup sugar (fermented out)
  • Water to cover
  • Weight

Instructions:

  1. Cut apple, peels and cores into small cubes and add to jar, filling it ¾’s full
  2. Heat water to slow boil and dissolve sugar and letting it cool to room temperature
  3. Pour cooled sugar-water over apple in jar to cover and leave ¼ inch space at top.
  4. Add weight so liquid covers apples.
  5. Cover with cheesecloth and hold with elastic.
  6. Put in warm place in your kitchen for 3 weeks.
  7. The apples will ferment into a cider first and a brown fibrous material or a translucent film may form on top of ferment.  Keep this to speed up the fermentation process of future batches.
  8. If mold forms the apples are not submerged properly under the liquid.
  9. After 3 weeks strain apples, peels and cores and compost.
  10. Replace liquid into warm space for another 3 weeks, stirring every 2 to 3 days.
  11. After 3 weeks it is ready to use!
  12. Save a small batch of this liquid with the brown fiber can be used to speed up the process of the next batch.


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