Are you aware your body posture tells your inner story? How you hold yourself is a statement to the world. It is an open book to those who can read it.
Take a moment to consider your own posture world story:Notice your chest between your breasts.
- Is this area exposed and out facing the world (yang) or is this area sunken and protected from the world (yin)?
- Are your shoulders set back and wide (yang) or are they hunched forward and down (yin)?
Now notice your breathing while considering these two postures. As you breath in and out does your posture shift in these above mentioned areas or do you hold this posture locked into place?
Regardless of how you are holding your chest, shoulders and arms, begin to soften this area from it’s automatic holding pattern. Try the following for a short series of 4 or 5 breathing cycles:
- If you are yang – broad chested go into a yin position slowly with your next exhalation of breathe. With an inhalation go into your normal posture.
- If you are yin – sunken and protected chest, rise up and go into a yang position with your next inhalation. Return to your familiar posture on an exhalation.
Notice any changes your feel either physically, mentally or emotionally after a cycle of 4 or 5 breathes and continue for another 2 to 3 cycles of 4 to 5 breathes. Remember to alternate between the two postures. Stop to notice between cycles any differences you feel.This pattern of breathing releases your spine which settles your nervous system! Notice how this reduces your stress throughout the week if you continue to integrate these simple breathing exercises daily!
The possible yin/yang chest stories:
Yin – represents the moon, water and emotions – Too much without balance of Yang – introverted (Western culture labels it – being a victim)
Yang – represents the sun, dessert and action – Too much without yin – extroverted (Western culture labels it – aggressive)
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Have you ever considered that feelings and physical movement affect one another and that they are married together? Have you ever considered that a person’s history of feelings may be creating their current behavior?
Imagine for a moment the feelings of fear. How does fear affect body posture and experience? Fear is a tool that is designed as a warning system to get out of danger. Some of the reactions of fear are:
- Tensed muscles for strength and quick action
- Focused eyes with short-range view
- Increased heart rate
- Quick breathing or stopped all together
- Mind becomes focused with danger
Imagine the effects if the reactions listed above become chronic and long-term. What would happen in the body? I have noticed that in some case experiences when the fear responses have been relaxed physically, mentally and emotionally that their has been an increase in the ability to sense physical responses that previously had not been felt. In order to keep up the fear in ones posture many of the sensory awareness abilities had been shut down! How does this affect ones perspective? Any incoming information would be perceived through fear and corresponding limited reflexes. How would this affect the thought process and resulting reactions?
Are we taught how to engage and disengage our fear reactions physically, mentally or emotionally during our early years? Is a part of our educational system teaching children to know when fear emotions are engaged and if so, how to disengage it? Are we learning that our thinking is the last place information lands in the behavioral process and a reaction includes all the behavioral events of movement posture, sensory awareness, perception, brain process and memory from cultural influences?
Are we learning that the fear posture we keep up and not processed may become future sources of unconscious bullying and/or being bullied? That this becomes our relationship with ourselves and others in our networks?
Renee is successfully working with others to integrate a whole system of wellness that includes the development of personal curiosity and exploration which includes creating a safe learning environment. The focus may be relationship coaching on current, past or future issues or have a focus on improving physical movement patterns. Whether physical, mental or emotional relief comes through learning conscious behavioral change. She does not focus upon fixing, strategies or diagnosing. In fact her methods steer clients away from self-limiting labels and focuses upon learning sensory awareness that creates a new type of self-image. Personal development that increases self-reliance, independence and confidence.