Embodiment: The practice we all need to foster our mental health

Oct 25 / TEKU
In a world that often feels overwhelming, where stress and anxiety can take their toll, finding ways to support our mental health is of utmost importance. Embodiment practices offer a powerful tool that is easily accessible to each and every one of us. Embodiment allows us to be more comfortable in our own bodies, trust ourselves more, and connect our mind and body experiences. Embodiment practices can help us find ease in our life experiences, allowing us to link our sensory perceptions to cognitive and emotional processes in a way that connects the dots toward improved health and wellness. They promote effective communication, cultivate empathy and help us foster meaningful relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us.

Embodiment practices aim to achieve several goals:

Ease: Embodying ease means learning to navigate life with a sense of calm and relaxation, even in challenging situations.  This process requires the practice of acceptance of what is happening in this moment.  

Accessibility: In a world that values pills and gadgets more than it values inner strength and power, embodiment offers practices that are accessible to all, regardless of physical ability or experience level. 

Confidence and comfort in our skin: Embodiment helps us feel at home in our bodies, reducing the discomfort and disconnection we often experience.  Through embodiment, we learn to see our bodies as a temporary yet meaningful temple where health, connection, purpose and meaning are fostered.

Accessing your inner wisdom: As we become more attuned to our bodies, we learn to trust our instincts and make decisions that align with our true selves, our values and our long term goals.  This, in turn, helps us live a life that nourishes our needs instead of draining us.

Learning to listen to your body: Embodiment enhances our ability to listen to our bodies and the experiences caused by our internal and external interactions with the world.  This awareness and attunement allows us to better meet our physical and emotional needs.

Dissolving the hierarchies of ability status: Embodiment practices can break down barriers and hierarchies imposed by our social world.  Through this work, we are reminded that we are capable no matter where we are starting from.  This approach encourages us to confidently engage with our bodies in whatever capacity they can, feeling proud and competent through the process. 

Embodying ease to improve our mental health can be achieved through various methods. This can include rituals to your daily life to help you stay grounded and remind your body and mind of the safety you are experiencing. Through intentional simplicity, we create opportunities to engage in simple and accessible practices that can be easily incorporated into our daily schedules. 

Ready to begin your own practice? Here are three ways to start your own journey of embodiment:

Simple Movements: Start with simple movements that help you connect with your body, such as breathing, walking or stretching, paying attention to your body’s signals and their interaction with your mind. 

Dynamic Movements, Exercises, and Techniques: Engage in dynamic movements that promote physical awareness and relaxation.  These may include yoga, rhythmic dancing, running and swaying.

Safe and Critical Dialogues: Open dialogues and conversations with yourself and others to allow space for essential for processing emotions and experiences.

By incorporating embodiment practices into your daily life, you can experience a profound shift in your mental well-being, fostering ease, accessibility, and a deeper connection with your own body and mind.

If you are interested in learning more about embodiment practices, join us for a live event on February 24th 3-5pm CST in San Antonio! This event will be led by Amber Ortega, a choreographer who functionalizes the knowledge of dance and embodiment across disciplines.  In this 2 hour workshop, Amber will help us “Root” to be in good relation.  
The objectives of this workshop are to:
1. Create community and share space
2. Improve awareness of our embodied-ness
3. Learn to communicate with our bodies, expanding our relation with ourselves, our community and our world

This 2 hour workshop will bring the participant into a safe space where they can explore how the body perceives information and understanding. Participants will be guided in discovering embodied relationships with space, objects, others and their own ideas about themselves. This is an introductory class offering practical ideas about embodied awareness, self-awareness and relationship.

The benefits of participating in this workshop are many, as described in our blog above. By the end of this workshop, participants will feel more connected to their own bodies, will develop increased confidence in their own capacities and will find ways to incorporate these practices in their daily lives to promote mental health.
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