Raj Barker shows you four different options of breath, posture and movement to try when your day isn't going your way. Grab your mat!
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For when we feel ourselves on loop with an unproductive thought or if we just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, try these four movements, designed to reset your mood.
You can try one or all four - your choice!
Stand tall as you plug the soles of your feet to the earth beneath you. Start to sweep the surface of your body with the palms of your hands, moving in any direction that you instinctively feel pulled towards. Slowly return to a stand and seal it off with a wrapping of the arms around yourself. The feeling of gentle, physical touch (even from the self) has the ability to soothe the nervous system.
Stand tall with your feet a little wider than your hips and your knees softly bent. Relax your shoulder blades down your back and begin to gently turn your torso from right to left, your arms will naturally start to move with momentum, stay soft and allow this to happen. Allow this cradle motion to slow your breath down, spin as long as you desire then slowly return to a neutral position and stand in stillness to notice the subtle aftermath
With your feet initially plugged into the ground, begin to shake the legs, then arms, torso and head. From here you are welcome to pick it up into a hop or jump and move it around your space. This can be as vigorous or as soft as you deem necessary, just remember to stay connected to your breath and ensure you have a clear space to move about.
Last but not least, use a high intensity burst of cardio (in the form of your classic jumping jack) to elevate your heart rate, charge your breath and deliver you an opportunity to bring your attention to something other than your thoughts (aka turn to the sensations this move provides instead).
The under current of all these movements is to be connected and in charge of your breath, allow these movements to create a portal for you to deepen your connection with your body as a means to stir things up and flush out whatever is not serving you.