It's that time of the year when I'm reading and hearing many stories about how to deal with the stress of holiday parties, end of semester finals, family get-togethers, darker days, colder temps... A lot of challenges.
I'm reminded of the importance of grounding into our bodies and moving within intention - physically through our environment and mentally through our crowded lists of to-do's and what'd-I-forget's?. In moving inward physically and mentally, we're better prepared to negotiate the excitement of our external worlds.
There are so many movement practices. Which ones work best for you? Dancing. Yoga. Pilates. Running. T'ai Chi. Labyrinth Walking. Biking.
Here are some links if you're interested in learning more about moving with intention and where you can get started, if you're not already!
Dance UP - Check here for all types of concert dance classes, opportunities, and performances in Philly
5 Rhythms - A contemplative movement experience, a dynamic workout and meditation
Conscious Dancer Magazine - A HUGE resource for dance and contemplative practice
The Yoga Alliance - a great place to find resources and information on yoga practice
The Pilates Method Alliance - learn more about Pilates and where you can practice
TRX - more mindfully into suspension training? Check out TRX - developed first by a military man for an intense, portable workout for troops in county, it's great for traveling dancers, or anyone else!
Veriditas - The Labyrinth Society website. Find a labyrinth in your area, find a guide, learn more about the history and the practice.
Spirit Wind Internal Arts - Founded by Sifu Chik Mason, Spirit Wind is a great resource for T'ai Chi, Qigong, and Kung Fu.
There are so many more ways to drop into your body, but these are just a few. Stay warm, stay safe, stay sane, and stay present! (What other suggestions do you have? What works for you?)