Body awareness helps our sense of direction, senses and inner self. The ways to practice this are endless. The important thing is that you continue to grow and learn about your body. Body awareness can make us healthier and happier if we care enough to always learn something new!
Think about the way you sit and stand. Think about how you react to external stimulation. When you close your eyes; do you know where your feet are and what they are touching? The way we hold ourselves and react to the outside world is a key clue on how aware we are of our bodies and what they are trying to tell us. Tension builds up over a period of time and can force its way out in the most inconvenient times. We could avoid this entirely if we were more aware of our body. Thankfully, there are a few ways to practice body awareness.
Stretching and body awareness go hand in hand. Stretching allows your brain to connect with all of your muscles and joints and allow an easier, more natural, flow of things once you put your body to work. Stretching teaches us how to release tension without creating more. Making sure there is a clear flow from the brain to the muscles in our body is important because it lets us know when enough is enough. Stretching teaches us what limits are bodies have so we know what areas we can improve.
Yoga helps us connect with our bodies while we learn to love and accept our bodies entirely as they are. Yoga targets our body, mind, soul, our breathing and emotions. Certain poses help release tension and help repair any damage stress does. Thru yoga we continue to become more and more aware of our body.
“Tappers” use their fingers to tap on specific parts of the body while the person being treated focuses on their current emotional state. This process also known as emotional freedom technique relieves any stress and negative thoughts and replaces it with more peaceful, positive ones.
The body scan
One of the many Buddhist meditations designed to connect you to your body and the world around you. Find a peaceful place to meditate that is distraction free and get comfortable. Take some time to breathe deeply and release any tension in your body. Calm your mind and focus on the sounds and smells around you. After you have eased all the noise around you, begin to focus on your body. Start at your head and work your way down to your toes. Focus on each individual part of your body (shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers etc). Become aware of how they feel, and release any additional tension you may stumble upon. This method allows you to become intimate with your entire body and appreciate it. The body scan helps you separate yourself from the busy works around you so that you may repair and renew.