Mindfulness is a really simple thing. It’s just paying attention on purpose.
Join Dr. Lisa Grant, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine, in a pre-recorded Mindful Movement class. During this class you will be cultivating an awareness practice. Hopefully, the practice will bring a greater sense of ease and stability into your life. You’ll be focusing on your breath and gentle movements of your body as a tool to help anchor your attention to the Here and Now. Why? Because many people report that when they can more fully inhabit the present moment that a greater sense of grounding and well-being can often be found.
Take Dr. Grant’s Floor Practice using a yoga mat on the floor, or take her Sitting Practice, in which the floor practice portion of the class has been adapted for a chair.
Mindful Movement (Floor & Standing Practice)
The above video runs 36:35. While doing this practice, you might enjoy removing your shoes. You will need a mat and enough space to unroll it.
Mindful Movement (Sitting & Standing Practice)
The above video runs 38:53. While doing this practice, you might enjoy removing your shoes. You will need a chair and enough room to stand in a straddle stance with your arms extended to shoulder height.
One very effective way to connect your mind to your body is through your feet. Your feet are your body’s foundation. One quarter of all the bones in your body reside in your feet. Each foot is comprised of twenty-six bones, thirty-two joints, fifty-six ligaments, and thirty-eight muscles. They are your anchor into the Earth. Like the tap root of a prairie plant, or the root of a water lily, our sense of groundedness, safety, and surety is linked to our connection with our feet.
Grounded walking is a way of walking which draws your attention to the process of walking itself. As crazy as it sounds, bringing your attention to your feet and how you are standing, focuses your mind and gives you a sense of solidity. Give it a try. The video is 5 minutes long.