•[embody]•

Your body hears everything your mind says. Acknowledge where you are without judgement. Ask yourself when do you feel most disembodied? I recognize that when I am living from a place of fear I feel disembodied. It can also feel like this in the midst of depression while living in the past or in anxiety while living in the future. Disembodiment can come from being in an overwhelming and overstimulating environment. When we find ourselves stuck in the story of me we can also get lost in the mind and struggle to feel our feet on the ground. It is vital that we continue to come back to our breath. We can remind ourselves of the feeling of our breath in our nose, in our throat, and in our belly. We can ground into the points where our body meets the earth creating safety and a sense of stability. When do you feel most embodied? I find that when I am enjoying the present moment I feel it. When I use my resources to help create balance in my life. I feel embodied in nature, in moments of stillness, when practicing equanimity, and in teaching and creating community. Recognize when you feel most embodied and make these practices a ritual. Write them down. Put them in places where you will see them. Set alarms on your phone and remind yourself to check in…to feel your body…and breath…to just be…without doing.

ABOUT AUTHOR SAMANTHA BARRETT

Samantha Barrett is a 500 hr Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Bucks County, PA. She received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Dragonfly under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek in 2015. She also studied with Rolf Gates (500hr), Seane Corn, Mas Vidal, Karl Straub, & Maria Garre. Her classes invite the student to explore the body & breath on the mat in a way that deepens awareness, creates flexibility, and awakens true nature. She is a certified Reiki II Practitioner under the guidance of Valerie & Ian Haag and has completed 16 hrs of Thai Yoga Bodywork training from the Vedic Conservatory. She graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and her passion for teaching has lead her into the light of Yoga.