The mind body connection is actually a two way street. Not only does the mind influence physiology, but the body can have a powerful influence on our feelings, our attitudes, and our mental and emotional life experience. The body/mind connection is the basis of many forms of yoga – ancient disciplines that recognize that placing your body in certain positions or moving in a certain way can alter consciousness.
Click on the play button below to learn a 90 second yoga that can help to open the heart. It is based on the hand movements of American Sign Language, but involves movement of the whole body. Take a moment to learn the movements from this short video podcast and use this exercise whenever you feel you’ve become constricted and small. It’s a quick and powerful way to lower stress and remember yourself. You might try doing this several times a day between seeing your patients.
If you are not familiar with this sequence we recommend that you watch the first video which teaches you the movements. If you do know the movements the second video will give you a brief refresher.
View the entire sequence (above): Remembering the Heart (3:47)
View complete instructions for the sequence (below): Remembering the heart (7:14)
Following are the words for each of the movements in the sequence shown on the video. No need to worry about remembering them. Enjoy!