Hey everyone, it’s Dawn Strom from C.A.R.E. Bodyworks and today I want to talk a little bit about Gyrotonic as a form of meditation. In the last video, I talked about two different techniques that we use in our movement therapy practice to help you connect to your body: the body scan and the breathing exercise. Today, I want to talk about how Gyrotonic can be a form of meditation as well.
If you think about meditation as a practice of focusing on something specific and singular, like your breath or your sensations or a particular mantra, you can think about Gyrotonic movement as focusing on a holistic perception of your body.
I’ve heard people say in their Gyrotonic sessions that there are so many things to focus on. “I’ve got to put my arm here and do this with my spine and something different with my head and I don’t know what to focus on” is a sentiment I hear often when clients first try Gyrotonic. However, the real opportunity and beautify within Gyrotonic is that instead of focusing on the minutia of what is going on in any one part of your body, you are actually developing a holistic perspective of how your body is moving in space. You’ll notice in your practice and in videos of Gyrotonic movement that it’s a fluid, whole-body movement. One of the key things we work with is helping our clients discover the imperfect perfect movement. The movement won’t always be perfect, but the idea is to develop a holistic sense of how your body is moving so you start to feel your body moving as a whole in space and you feel yourself move as a whole. You’ll start to feel the way that your body moves best and with ease and, like pottery on a wheel, you can start to mold it and shape it through your awareness.
The big picture is that you really want to get a feeling of your body as a whole and yourself as whole moving through space and in your life. This is how you want to show up in your movement practice and exercise practice on a daily basis. In that sense, Gyrotonic can really be a form of moving meditation if you can drop into it and allow your awareness to develop of this singular, holisitc focus: the sense of your whole body moving in space, and sense the rhythm of your breath moving your body in a simple and fluid way.
In that sense, Gyrotonic practice can really help you to drop you’re your body. It can help you to establish that singular, holistic focus. It can also just give you the opportunity to move your energy, let your emotions move, clear you mind and all of the other positive benefits of a meditation practice.
So the next time you are moving through your Gyrotonic Practice, let yourself drop into it as a kind of meditation and see how your experience shifts!