Why Movement matters and not a pose. Part 2.

Healing through moving well and connecting with yourself.

Anything that is alive moves.

Same thing goes for health.

Here again, moving your body, breathing, makes you be able to feel it. This is huge. It is building a connection with your body, which is constantly telling you things, telling you how it feels, what it likes, and what doesn’t work. So already here, on this level, movement, listening and responding with movement, helps.

The exercises and sports, even yoga, most of us do for health make us adapt to restricted ranges of motion (“right and wrong poses or form”) instead of promoting bigger ranges of motion. They give the body inputs it has to manage, that leave you not only with a restricted set of tools and abilities, but are inputs of stressors the body has to master, e.g. forcing yourself into a pose, a burn, a (down breaking mental/physical/emotional) challenge, repetition of the same (linear) movement. This is also why so many very fit people suffer from poor overall health.

Varied and diverse movement in response and agreement with the body is the key. Not only because it lowers the stress being put onto the body (less stress, more healing, better health). But also, because it is making a positive connection with yourself that is nurturing and supportive, but most important: progressive.

A little story time

Let me tell you a bit about my own experience of healing physically through movement (strala).

Growing up in a country with industrialized food, antibiotics (the few times I had to take them affected me horribly) – and at the time very little knowledge about the severity and complexity allergies and intolerances regarding food – I started getting really sick as a teenager. My reactions were not the direct ones, where you eat something and get immediate rashes and swellings, but the slow type ones, that affect your whole system. Varying from migraine headaches, bloated stomach, inflammation, joint pain (so badly, that I couldn’t bend or completely straighten my legs anymore), weight loss, anxiety, tiredness etc. It took me a good while to realize what was causing my poor health and even longer to find a way to heal myself.

What did work in the end, was reconnecting with and listening to myself.

And strala, and its varied and diverse movement in response and agreement with the body, played a huge part in that. First, it gives you the responsibility and ability to take care of yourself back. No one knows how you feel as well as you do. But also, it encourages you to see what you have, what you are able to do, and build on that. This happens through moving – intuitively and naturally. Again here, movement is sort of evidential: you can feel it, see it, notice what it does to you. It is not a thing you swallow that does supposedly something magical inside, that you have no control or notice over. It is a very conscious process, which is also one reason why it has such great effects on your mind and emotions.

You connect and listen. You breathe, relax, release stress and tension. You move in a way that feels good, that is good for your body – movements that are positive for you body, muscles and joints. Those are movements that don’t injure you, but widen the limits of mobility/ability. Already, there is so much ground being created for healing. You become more in tune with what you need, what nourishes and helps you. Are nice and loving to your body (not always easy and obvious, when you feel like your body is working against you and torturing you).

That is how you heal.

But that is also how you grow, build yourself, are able to do more. Being kind to yourself is not being weak. On the contrary, it is often so much more difficult, but way more effective. It is soft and strong at the same time.

Strala Yoga at the nature. Movement and yoga by Alex Meffert