Learn to listen within: Body appreciation practice3
Many years ago, I took an anatomy and physiology course in college. I went in hoping to learn more about the muscularskeletal system and came out fascinated by this infinitely complex structure that we call human body. Every cell in the body works tirelessly to keep the body alive, well and balanced. The deeper we dive into the studies of the anatomy, physiology and neuroscience, the more it becomes clear that the physical body, our inner processes and the mind are so intricately linked and impact one another so much, that there is no real separation. What we perceive as disorders of the body might be a manifestation of a haunted mind, what shows up as fluctuating emotions is often a reflection of our physiological state, and so on.
Our bodies constantly send us signals about the state of their internal balance. They try to communicate with us, but we rarely listen. We are so focused on the external environment, that we tend to ignore our inner state until it complains loud enough through pain, physiological distress or mental anguish. Instead of letting things fester and get out of hand, let’s learn to listen to our body’s signals. In this full-length yoga practice, we will focus on developing our interoception (conscious awareness of what’s going on inside) and balancing our physiology, while expressing appreciation to our bodies for all the work they do for us every day. Please give it a try and let me know how it feels!
This practice has been added to Sequence Wiz home yoga practice app. You can find it under Physical body > Entire body > 40-60 minutes. Learn more about the app >
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thank you for sending this Body Appreciation practice, and also for countless gifts of generosity that you capably send out into the World.
I live in Minnesota, and am just finishing Gary’s Viniyoga therapy program. Oh my, you are an inspiration! I will not try to follow in your footsteps, however. Your spot is beautifully and fully taken, Olga.
Pam Keul (German, pronounced as in Coyle)
I usually only do 20-30 minute online pracitices so when is saw this was a hour 15 mintues I nearly backed away but I’m so glad I didn’t. It was deep, powerful and so enjoyable. Thank you Olga and your 37 trillion cells that make you!
All of your practices are deep and powerful. I am nurtured by your offerings daily at a time when it is needed most. Thank you for sharing your gift so generously.