Mindful Movement Monday

Because why not?! My movement practice is a huge part of my life and a big part of what keeps me healthy, strong and able to function at my very best for my family. I’m a pretty active person naturally; running the dog, chasing after kids, cooking and doing house chores and such. I just move lot. I can’t really help it.

However, I also try to work in some sort of mindful movement every day and it has made a huge difference in my spiritual and mental well being as well as my physical health. It’s usually in the form of yoga type movements, flows/vinyasa or a combination of flow/circuits depending on my energy level. It just really helps quiet my mind, slow the racing thoughts zipping through my head and helps me be more present. I typically do some sort of slower/stretchy type movements in the morning and then something again about 10 minutes before my kids get off the bus… all kinds of craziness explodes everywhere when they get home and I need all the help I can get! Homework, snack, friends, activities, nap wake up etc… it can sometimes be overwhelming and having a calm, present peace of mind before they get home helps me LOADS.

When I’m afforded the luxury I will go to a class, but I’d say about 80% of my practice currently is what I’ve sort of thought of off the top of my head or what my body feels like doing that day. And some of them feel really good! I’m getting to the point where I’d like to remember a lot of these movements and document my journey. So I’m going to try and post some sort of Mindful Movement with explanations and details every Monday so that I can go back and repeat it if I’m in a rut and also so you can give it a shot if you’re feeling the movements!

Happy Monday my friends and I hope you like your first Mindful Movement Monday!

First Movement is a rolling vinyasa. It feels sooooo nice this way and really connects the movement with the breath in a unique way. You can almost feel yourself riding your breath in a wave. Cueing goes like this:

Start in down dog. Inhale ripple forward to plank, initiating the movement from your heels and feeling the movement roll up the back your legs, through your core as you tuck your tailbone under and finally up your spine as you round your upper back bringing your head through your shoulders and leaning forward into a good strong plank. Exhale, and lower down slowly, keeping your elbows tucked into your rib cage all the way down to your belly. You can rest your forehead briefly on your mat if you wish. Inhale lift up from your core roll your shoulders back and come into cobra. Exhale tuck your toes, bend your knees, tilt your tailbone and send yourself back into Downward facing dog.

Second Movement is a crouching down dog to rotating low Lunge maneuver. This can be done slow to warm up the ligaments and muscles or sped up into more of a circuit like cardio movement.

Start in downward facing dog and bend your knees. Inhale step the right foot forward and replace the right hand with it, rolling the heart open to the right as you do so. Repeat.

Third movement is a Wild Thing to Lizard Lunge type deal.

This also starts in down dog and the inhale will have you slowly raising your right leg up into the air. The exhale will have you bend that right knee and slowly roll open on that left hand, placing the foot behind you into wild thing. The next inhale will have you open your heart to the sky and back bend as far as is comfortable for you. You shouldn’t feel

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  1. This is such a good idea! I too practice freely and its hard to remember what all the movements. So Im glad you found a solution to this.

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  2. Ben Butler says:

    I’ve had to learn how to be mindful of actually making time for moving in a day. My career keeps me at a computer all the time. If I don’t make a special effort to move, I’d become attached to this office chair.

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    1. That’s more common than you might think!

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  3. ELIZABETH KEENE says:

    HMMMM, I HAVE BEEN RATHER STATIONARY LATELY. DEFINITELY GOING TO USE THESE TO GET ME MOVING, THANK YOU!!

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  4. Shannon says:

    I’ve never felt really confident with yoga. I really like your videos!

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    1. Thank you! I didn’t used to be either, but my whole mentality has shifted because of it ❤️

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  5. ChelseaMamma says:

    I have never tried Yoga but have found I am far less flexible now I am older – maybe I should give it a go

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  6. Cristina Petrini says:

    The movement you need to have an active mind as well as a body!

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  7. Joanna says:

    I am not very good at yoga. I can do the easy poses, but that’s about it. I usually go to the gym and do body balance, which I find a bit easier.

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    1. I bet you are better thank you think! It’s about the journey. Try not to get hung up on how “good” or “bad” you think you may be. I promise, it doesn’t matter ❤️

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  8. kumamonjeng says:

    I used to practice yoga for years and love it, love the breathing in and out and stretching. Every session made me so refresh and energized. I still do the sun salutation once or twice a week before I start my real work out, more like a warm up to my body.

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    1. Nothing like the sun sals. they’re some of my absolute favorite movements to practice and grow into

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  9. I used to do yoga but these days I have been concentrating on running and weights. I need to get back into it because the stretching is so important for my own success in other areas as well. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Yoga and running go GREAT together! I’ll try and post more running/yoga circuits!

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  10. Ashlee says:

    I have to try this! I’m not as flexible or limber as I used to be, but I’m all about the practice makes perfect and fun! Love this concept of Mindful Movement Monday

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    1. Thank you! I had HORRIBLE flexibility before yoga, and although I’m still working on it, I have seen tons of improvement

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  11. Kalyan Panja says:

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational post on yoga, the tips and the way to do everything with ease.

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    1. Aww thank you 🙏🏻

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  12. Lisa says:

    I’m really trying hard to get back into yoga and pilates this year. You’ve really inspired me this Mindful Movement Monday, love it!

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    1. Awww I’m so glad! ❤️🥰🙏🏻

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  13. Yoga has done wonders for my back. Working from home has really caused some unnecessary body aches.

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    1. Same here!❤️🙏🏻

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  14. twinspirational says:

    This is a great way to start the week. We love exercising daily and mixing it up with HIIT, yoga and cardio.

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  15. Joyce Pusta says:

    I have terrible lower back pain and yoga helped me recover from it. Your post is incredibly inspiring.

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    1. Awww thank you!! Lower back pain was one of the first reasons I turned to yoga in the first place!❤️🙏🏻
      I so wish you well on your yoga journey. Please reach out if you have questions. I’d love to help

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  16. I tried yoga before but I found it slow and just not right for me – If you can do it and enjoy it that is fab though.

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    1. Aww sorry you had a bad first experience. I used to feel that way too for sure. But then I found that It was so good for presence and peace of mind. And done correctly, the slower flows can be some of the more difficult!

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  17. Catherine says:

    My daughter absolutely loves Yoga and I do what I can with her. It’s such a relaxing practice to pick up.

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    1. Right? Relaxing and so good for you❤️🙏🏻

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  18. Yeah Lifestyle says:

    I love your videos, you make the yoga position / poses seem and look so easy to do. I wish I can start doing yoga as well as I know how much benefit it gives the mind, body and soul.

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  19. Jackline A says:

    Thanks for sharing your mindful movement Monday with this yoga position. I find yoga positions so pretty.

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  20. Becca Wilson says:

    This looks like it would be so calming. I need to do more of this to clear my mind.

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  21. I haven’t done yoga before, but it definitely sounds like something I should try. My days are so stressful and it would be nice to have some focus and unwind.

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    1. I was the same way- then I tried it and never went back!

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  22. These are some awesome moves. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! You too!!

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