Slow Movement with Awareness: Better than Exercise? by Alan Fogel
Cardiovascular exercise is now known to be essential for health and well-being. If exercise is your only form of movement, however, it is not a very balanced diet. There is mounting evidence that slow movement, with body sense awareness, has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular exercise routines.
Inspiring talk by Amy Cuddy
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. (source: TED)
Creating Change: Fascia and Mind-Body Transformation
Modern science is just catching up to the ancient wisdom of the mind-body connection and the effect that mental patterns (e.g., stress) can have on the body through biochemical pathways.
Does this connection go the other way? That is, if mind affects body, is it possible to change our mental and emotional patterning via the body as well? Indeed, yes, says Anatomy Trains author Tom Myers in this interview. Through bodywork and some types of “exercise,” like yoga, we can release psychological trauma by addressing chronic tension patterns and holdings in the body. Fascia, the collagenous-based soft-tissues in the body and the cells that create and maintain that network, plays a key role in releasing these holdings.
The Science of Embodiment
An interesting and well written article from a young scientific discipline which takes as a starting point that we are our bodies instead of the idea that we have bodies. The author makes a clear case that we achieve the best results in personal development through physical actions. Not with positive thinking. A simple example is that when we ‘make’ a smile we instantly feel a lot more positive.