- Jennifer Galardi
Non Linear Movement
Updated: May 23, 2020
One of my greatest joys in life has been my ability to move. I haven't always been the greatest at communicating how I feel through words. My body does such a better job.
The issue is in your tissues is one of my favorite sayings. Meaning, the body is an incredible junk pile of unprocessed shit. Every hurt, anger, disappointment, jealousy, shame, abuse - you name it. If we haven't processed it, it's likely being stored in our structure.
Sometimes we don't realize what we are holding in our system until we start to move energy around in a non-linear or unstructured way. When we give the body freedom to move in any direction it wants, we may find it knows exactly what to do to heal itself. How to let go of tension. How to shake loose unprocessed emotions. How to rid itself of trauma. But we have to get our mind out of the way. Which is why I don't always recommend yoga. There's too much thinking involved. Especially in an alignment or breath focused class (such as I teach!). It's a wonderful practice. It's just not always the right practice.
To get started, start small. Give yourself ten minutes with a little bit of space to move. You don't need a lot. But you do need to be comfortable and in a setting free of judgement so I recommend one without mirrors where you won't be disturbed. Put on some music you enjoy. I like to start with music sans lyrics. If you need help, I've created a playlist for you here. Close your eyes. Don't think about how you should move your body. Take some deep breaths. Allow the music and the breath to move you. Imagine you are not the mover. You are being moved. See where the music takes you. Think of words such as swirl, roll, undulate, wiggle, sway, strut, extend, circle, expand, sigh, pump, contract, snake, shake, and swoosh. It is difficult to explain movement. Like many things, you just have to DO it. It is an experience that you must feel. There is no right way. There is no wrong way. There is only your way.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.