Focus and Grounding

1 Sep

My experience of becoming Body Smart continues even as I wrap up the series. Continued work with amazing trainers and teachers like MC Lessard, Jessica Keats, Ginette Blier and personal trainer Lee Ann Sonier has left me feeling more and more in tune with my body. And last week, I had an incredible experience in grounding that I’m compelled to share.

Since our conversation for Sister Leadership, I’ve been working with yoga therapist Jessica Keats who has customized sessions to suit my unique needs. During my third session, I had an incredible moment. I was lying on my back, moving my arm in the air with free movement – focusing on the body fully, as I grounded my energy into that moment.

I’ll tell you this. I am a certified meditation teacher, but my understanding of being grounded totally flipped following that session with Jessica. Instead of moving energy into the earth, sending it outside of myself, I focused on my body – specifically my arm. Afterwards, when standing up, my legs felt solid, even heavy. I was strong, rooted, grounded.

What happened that was so different from past grounding exercises? Why was this simple exercise more powerful than sending my intentions and focus into the earth?

More and more I begin to realize a common theme in my behaviour. My focus during the Body Smart challenge has shifted from constantly looking outwards, to suddenly examining inwards. It’s not about forgiving others, it’s about healing myself. It’s not about seeking the greater God, but finding God within me. It’s not about sending energy away, but rather working it from within.

Shifting the focus has tuned me into my body, and in turn tapped me into a deeper sense of intuition. I believe many might call this mindfulness.

In speaking with Jessica, she advised me that my experience in creating this grounding sensation was very highly personal. Not everyone repeating the same movements or exercise would experience the same sensation of deep rooted grounding. But I do believe that finding the right focus, whether it’s more inwards, outwards, sideways, etc., can unlock incredible potential. We could also do with some personalized tweaks in perspective.

With this in mind, Jessica has kindly shared a yoga therapy exercise that can be taken as ‘homework’ for anyone. Thank you so much to Jessica for allowing me to share this sequence of moments and movements with my audience.

  1. Lie on your back, raise your legs up and place your calves over the seat of a chair.
  2. Check to make sure your pelvis is neutral neither tilting nor tucking.
  3. Rest here for 1-2 minutes. Become aware of your body, feel the support of the floor and the chair supporting your body. Become aware of your breath moving and give time for your body to soften and move with your breath.
  4. Rest your arms on the ground on either side of your torso. With awareness of your breath, begin to move your right arm away from the ground, lifting it up and towards your shoulder.
  5. As your arm rose, did you hold your breath? Did your arm move purely of its own accord or did other parts of your body try to help? If so, bring your arm down, let your breath come back to a natural movement and then restart. Move only your arm away from the ground without holding your breath. Your range of movement might be small at first.
  6. Repeat 4-5 times and then rest your arm and switch to your left.
  7. Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 with your left arm and rest.
  8. Once you feel confident doing this with each arm, you can grab a belt and holding it in both hands, move both arms up at the same time . If you feel yourself holding your breath restart and move only as much as you can without holding your breath. Repeat 4-5 times.

If you’d like to find out more about yoga therapy, visit Yoga with Jessica and don’t miss our previous conversation with her on Sister Leadership. I wish you all ‘Ahha!’ moments as we move from Body Smarts and head into the world of intuitive leadership.

Till next week,

Cam

Cam

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