Moving Well

chasing my 8 year old niece around

Written by Daphne

Daphne is a registered yoga therapist, movement educator, bodyworker, and a specialist in somatic therapy.

November 6, 2021

There’s nothing more exhilarating than running up a hill after a 8-year-old.

Many people come to me to help them manage their aches and pains.
They often ask me which muscles to strengthen and what to release so they can be stronger, or feel less “tight” in their body and mind.

In today’s world, health is often conflated with #fitnessgoals.
We measure our overall well being through the utilitarian perspective of time, weight, distance.
We gauge our accomplishments by how satisfied we are when we look at our body parts in the mirror.
We forget that we are not a machine put together in parts and engines, with a brain affixed at the top.

We are an organism, grown out of a seed.
We are relational beings from the inside out.
We are ever-changing, ever-evolving.
Movement is the language in which we express our aliveness.

So instead of loading our muscles thinking that they function through some sort of mechanical memory, perhaps we can bring awareness to the articulation of our joints and our movement habits.
Instead of stressing over how much weight we can carry in the gym, consider how much time we spend sitting on a chair.
Instead of obsessing over body fat, what is the nervous system telling us about the state of our being?

Health is expressed through the freedom and ease in the ways we inhabit in our body-mind, in relationship with our environment.
It is the ability to walk, run, swim, climb, squat, jump, to rest and not feel like our mind is jumping out of our skin.

Most importantly, how well can we bounce back if life throws us curve balls?


If you’re interested in exploring this, join me in my next training in Trauma-informed Somatic Yoga Therapy in November Yoga In Common Singapore

This post was previously posted on on October 3rd 2020

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