Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Soul Coaching Day 24: Using the Physiology of Your Body

What do you think Jinx is feeling right now?

Our bodies send the world lots of signals about who we are and how we're feeling. That's what we're focusing on today for our Soul Coaching journey. Denise Linn talks about how we can impact our mood and our lives through our physiology and how we carry ourself. This was also something I learned in acting studies; in creating a particular posture, we stir certain feelings and body responses.

I took this exploration to the Nia class I taught tonight. Our focus was on self-expression. To end the class we walked around the room, taking on different emotions and sensations. As we walked, I had the class imagine their entire bodies from toe to tip of nose filling with a particular feeling. We started with physical sensations like feeling our bodies becoming heavier and heavier or filling up bit by bit with helium.

And then everyone picked a quality that they would like to embody, a feeling like happiness or ease or strength or determination. You could pick one now. And then imagine that sensation first filling your toes, your feet, your ankles, your legs, on up to your pelvis, abdomen, ribs and chest, all through your arms and hands and fingers, up through your neck and head. Imagine fully embodying that feeling. Notice what's different. Notice your physiology and your feeling. They are connected.

You can choose what energy you would like to fill yourself up with and what you choose can be felt, experienced and expressed through your body.

Isn't that a trip?

12 comments:

Romana Mirza said...

That is what I love about Nia! Thanks for the reminder of all that wonderful stuff we did in the intensive and to incorporate it into our own free dances at home.

peppylady said...

What story you want your body to say and actual what it says.
Can be opposite day and night.

Coffee is on.

Kavindra said...

It must be so much fun to be in your Nia classes!

miss*R said...

Jinx looks like he is totally relaxed! Maybe he did a NIA class too :)
you are wonderful !! xo

Serena said...

It sounds heavenly!

love, light and peace,
serena

chest of drawers said...

Yes, I choose joyful and comfortable.

Genie Sea said...

Today, I would like to embody Jinx. Chill, and confident. Looking at your cat, I grinned.

Thank you Jamie :)

Sacred Suzie said...

You are such a good teacher Jamie! You get the spirit involved and the mind, not just the body when it comes to Nia. I love that.

For some reason, I wanted to embody the energy of a strawberry. How odd! I see her as being happy and giving, sharing her energy with all those who want to taste it. Cool!

gemma said...

SOmetimes when deep in thought I make painful faces...even if I'm not feeling pain. lol
Would love to learn more about Nia.

Nicole said...

Such a great way of incorporating how we project ourselves through our body. Blessings, Nicole x

Nicole said...

PS: Jinx is sooo beautiful!

creativehealinggoddess said...

Jinx - is thinking on writing a thesis to complete on the meaning of life.


I am so into the body and i choose freedom and openness.