Here’s how to show love to your body.
The most powerful way to live in a body is to expect and choose love.
The art of living and loving your body and life is to know the role and game you play. This is the art of aging.
Body Wisdom: The art of listening and responding. Move and listen to the voices of the body.
Healthy movement incorporates all parts: the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Healthy movement involves the senses to heal, condition, improve behavior, build self-confidence, improve self-esteem, and make you feel connected to your body and life. It expands our perspective of what it means to feel vital, happy, energetically balanced, stimulated and in harmony with everything. We become aware of healthy movement by sensing comfort and pleasure in our bodies.
Unhealthy movement fosters unhealthy physical actions and behavior. It triggers pain and discomfort, a loss in self-confidence and self-esteem, and a loss of control and potential. It leaves one feeling tired, agitated, separate, alone, confused, energetically depleted, out of balance, and stuck between extreme emotional highs and lows. We become aware of unhealthy movement by sensing pain or an absence of comfort and pleasure in our body.
Breath is life. Medically, it is termed as one of our vital functions, along with heartbeat.
• Pay attention to your breathing habits throughout the day
• Smell life
• Lengthen your exhale
• Make sounds to integrate your body and breath
The Voice of Breath
I am the voice of breath, the voice of all humankind, spoken as the language of life. I connect you to the life-force energy you know as chi, ki, prana and kundalini. The ultimate alchemist, my skills include the ability to create chemical magic—to make changes that nurture the homeostasis your body relies on—the perfect balance. I mediate the needs of your body through a complex feedback system between your body and your brain. A tool for health and well-being, you receive me by smelling the moment. Use me wisely and I will nourish your cells, providing you with the energy you need to keep on going…and going…and going.
Signs of Unhealthy Breath
• Low energy
• Extreme emotional ups and downs
• Lack of concentration and inability to think clearly
• Poor skin
• Stomach problems
• High-stress levels
• Frequent colds and respiratory problems
• Lack of incentive, drive and/or enthusiasm
• Lack of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stamina
• Sluggish energy
• A feeling of being depressed
Signs of Healthy Breath
• Calm, steady, vibrant energy levels
• Dynamic emotional body with the ability to quickly return to center
• Ability to concentrate and think clearly
• Clear, bright complexion and skin
• Good sleep patterns
• Good digestion
• Managing stress well
• Feeling of excitement about life
• Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stamina
• Dynamic and adaptable energy
• Feeling of hopefulness and passion for life
A network for communication and transport.
Healthy connective tissue
When moving at any speed, healthy connective tissue is sensed as being elastic with the ability to dynamically respond to any directional pull. It is sensed as having the optimum force and energy needed to stimulate strength, flexibility, mobility, agility and stability in the body.
Unhealthy connective tissue
Over 200 disorders affect connective tissue. Unhealthy connective tissue can be sensed as ongoing muscle and joint pain, inflammation of the joints and tissues, swollen hands and puffy fingers, fatigue, stiffness, loose and fragile skin, and weakness in the blood vessels.
Drink plenty of water and keep your body warm.
Combine various ranges of motion into your movements.
Practice the Nia 5 Stages for 5 minutes each day (visit go.nianow.com/5-stages-vid to watch an example)
Integrate the Five Sensations of Fitness into your everyday life (flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability)
Exercise your eye muscles: Look, relax, blink. Relate these words to sight, as in left, right, down, up, soften, perceive, close, and open.
I am your connection to symbol, color, texture, and shape. I am the window into your soul and a vast resource for seeing and perceiving life as art.
The Voice of Sight
I am the voice of sight, one of your body’s five senses considered by many to be the most complex. Through me, you are connected to the windows of the soul and to non-verbal communication. I am designed to receive and process light, rays and beams of light, and bounce off objects, giving you information about color, shape and texture.
1. Taste from beginner’s mind, smelling and chewing everything as if it was for the first time.
2. Turn your whole body into a tasting tongue, imagining all parts of you as a tongue, from your skin to your fingers to your toes.
3. Dance with taste, using your tongue and the food you eat as your dance partners.
4. Keep your taste buds healthy and fit by cleaning your tongue using a tongue brush or scraper.
5. Keep your nose and tongue healthy and fit by smelling to breathe; by sticking your tongue out, wiggling, wagging, and flicking it; and by more consciously involving your tongue and nose when you eat.
Liberate your pleasure by vigorously laughing out loud for 60 seconds, spending 15 seconds lying on your belly, lying face up, sitting and standing.
As Don Campbell says in The Mozart Effect, “In an instant music can uplift our soul. It awakens within us the spirit of prayer, compassion, and love. It clears our minds and has been known to make us smarter. Music can dance and sing our blues away. It conjures up memories of lost lovers or deceased friends. It lets the child in us play, the monk in us pray, the cowgirl in us line dance, the hero in us surmount all obstacles. It helps the stroke patient find language and expression.”
Practice: releasing your jaw, twisting your tongue and yawning. Notice how these movements affect the ear, nose and throat while keeping the surrounding muscles agile, open and healthy.
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