Awareness through Movement® for the 5th Chakra

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

Throat Chakra

Located in the throat at the voice box and Adams apple areas, the Throat Chakra governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid and communication.

It relates to truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness and kindness and is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity.

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The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase ones ability to sing higher or lower, speak with more groundedness, swallow easier and unblock air passageways going down into the torso.  Mobilizing unused muscles and spinal movements can free up any restrictiveness limiting information and fluid going upwards into the head and brain as well.

The Throat Chakra is located where the spinal column leaves the girdle of the shoulder blades and upper ribs, and reflects the separation of the skull to be free-floating above.  Have you ever considered how your head sits on top of a vertebra that is on top of a few others before the upper cradle of the ribs and shoulders?

In Nonviolent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg discussed how the base of the throat area is the line that separates reaction with thinking and speaking  from connection to universal values increasing empathy.  His focus of empathy was an action with an intention of the heart (or values).  If one was speaking only from the mind only the result would be disconnection and conflict.

This Feldenkrais Practitioner, who mentors and coaches using Nonviolent Communication,  can see clues in others who appear to be living in their heads, so to speak.  It is evident in their facial features, colouring and body posture.  Sharing  lessons in either Awareness through Movement® or Awareness through Communication  this Practitioner can see the changing environment in ones colouring, features and postural changes.

Like diet the emotional grouping in this picture can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons.  

 

 

 

 

Try this example experience of 12 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1.  In either a sitting or prone position begin to slide your tongue over your lower lip as though you where going to touch your chin with it. Repeat a number of times.  Take your time and focus on observing your tongue.  As you slide it over your lip at what point does it begin to feel stretched.
  2. After many times stop and observe where your attention is going.
  3. Come back again and repeat steps in #1, only this time notice if you are locking your head.  If you where chasing your chin would you hold your head upright in a locked position?  Unlock your head and repeat a few times.  Where does your head go?
  4. Pause for a few breaths.
  5. Come back and this time as you take you tongue downward towards your chin begin to synchronize your exhale.  Repeat  for 7 or 8 exhales.
  6. Pause for a few breaths and notice if you feel anything differently.
  7. Come back now and begin to take your tongue upward over your top tip.  Repeat this many times as though you where going to catch your nose.  Are you chasing your nose right from the beginning of this movement or have you locked your neck.
  8. Pause and rest.
  9. Come back taking your tongue upward towards your nose and begin to breathe inward.  Sync this pattern and repeat  7 or 8 times.
  10. Stop and rest.
  11. Come back once more and now alternate.  As your exhale take your tongue towards your chin and as you inhale take your tongue over your upper lip towards your nose.   Notice  when the front of your neck is long and when is it short.   Repeat 7 or 8 times.
  12. When you stop notice any changes.  How do you feel your tongue inside your neck and mouth.  How to you feel the front and back of your neck.

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.  Becoming  consciously aware through employing sensibilities via experience and not through contrived thought patterns of creating a movement of what you think it should be,  the result is an increase in more parts joining into the patterning.  This creates a different movement that results in a higher level of safety and confidence spontaneously.


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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 3rd Chakra

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

Solar Plexus

Located along the sternum in the area of the diaphragm between heart and belly button,  the Solar Plexus is associated with the liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.

It is associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence and  fulfillment.

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The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase counter balance and improve the economy of movement.  The Solar Plexus is in the middle region of the torso and spine almost midway between the shoulders and pelvis.  This is the point of balancing the rocking the pelvis and shoulders and center point when rotating them in opposite directions!   This area can sometimes be locked tight which increased the tough and tight qualities of stuck tissue and inflamed muscles.  Movement, balance coördination and breathing can all be difficult.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture beside can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on increasing flexibility and rotation through the torso, spine, ribs while releasing the held patterns of the lower and upper back, shoulders, arms and neck.  

 

 

 

 

 

Try this example experience of 11 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. Begin in a sitting position on firm chair.  Sit towards front of chair to free back, shoulders and pelvis.  Place hands on hips with feet flat on the floor, hip width apart.
  2. In this position begin to rock your pelvis forward and back once or twice to notice how you create this movement.  Check in to notice if you become confused at the instruction, rock your pelvis forward and back, and then the strategy of how you facilitate this action.
  3. Pause for a few breaths and then on the 3rd or 4th breath inward lift up off your diaphragm.  Synchronize the lifting with the breath inward.  As soon as you stop taking air in let yourself drop down on your diaphragm. Repeat this pattern 5 or 6 times while noticing the quality of your movement.  Can you soften it and create a more graceful action.
  4. Stop and rest creating a space between guided movement patterns.
  5. When coming back into the original sitting position begin to focus on your exhalation.  Now as you exhale drop down on your diaphragm.  Sync these movement patterns of when you exhale – drop down.  As soon as you finish exhaling come back to the starting position as you inhale.  Don’t lift up on your diaphragm, keep your focus on the one pattern of dropping down.
  6. Repeat this pattern 5 or 6 times once again creating a gentle movement to increase the quality and gracefulness of the movement action.
  7. Rest for a number of breaths.
  8. Come back now and alternate between breathing inward and lifting off your diaphragm with exhaling and dropping down onto your diaphragm.  Notice if your pelvis is a part of this movement.   What is happening with your pelvis as you breathe in and lift up?  Is it tilting in a direction or staying in place?  How about when you exhale and drop down, is it tilting in a different direction?  If not, can you release your holding pattern and allow a natural and supported flow of movement that includes your pelvis.
  9. Continue this movement pattern a number of times.  As you do begin to notice when you sense becoming long in the front and when you become short.
  10. Rest and notice where your attention goes for a few breaths.
  11. Come back into this last pattern of movement of lifting and dropping off your diaphragm as you breath in and out while letting your pelvis follow.  As you become longer and shorter in the front notice how your shoulders and head are participating.  Have you unlocked your shoulders, spine and neck to create a natural rhythm of counter balance?  Now when you inhale lifting up and lengthening your front naturally do you have a sense of becoming taller?  As you exhale and drop down onto your pelvis let your head and shoulders tilt forward in sync with your drop and pelvis going back.  Begin to counter balance these movement.

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.  Recruiting more movement through the action of counterbalancing your rib cage and pelvis, and in rotation can be like an acupuncture treatment.  All the muscles along the spine between each vertebra is encouraged to safely begin to soften and tonify.


For more information on #yyj Feldenkrais® opportunities visit

Renee’s business webpages @ Inside Awareness

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

Connect to explore Feldenkrais in one of these ways or host your own retreat experience

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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 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.


For more information on #yyj Feldenkrais® opportunities visit

Renee’s business webpages @ Inside Awareness

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

Connect to explore Feldenkrais in one of these ways or host your own retreat experience

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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