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NY Times:Abstract Thoughts? The Body Takes Them Literally

Posted Feb 07 2010 4:43am

Lesley Powell

Dancersathletesand many movers have always known about the importance of the mind on the body.  How you thinkconcentrate and your awareness can make huge difference in your body.

Eric Franklin in his workshops does a great exercise about how the mind affects the body. Circle your shoulders.  Now think how much you hate doing this exercise.  See how it changed the movement.  Now imagine your shoulder blades are soap and you are lathering your ribs with soap suds.  How did this change this.

Learning to focus your mind is a skill.  It is great to have teachers who can guide you to think differently.  When I take Amy Matthew’s BodyMind Centering  & Yoga Class, she directs me to think differently about my body in a yoga pose.  What I love about learning how to focusis also a stress reducer.  Especially with running a businessit is great to take the mind away from this for a moment.

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