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The Kindness approach to the body through meditative movement

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Solaf Azzam


The Kindness approach to the body through meditative movement is very helpful and supportive at difficult times.

We are living in uncertain times, most notably global economic uncertainty and the latest Covid 19 pandemic which has brought about increased levels of fear and anxiety. Daily life before the pandemic was typically one of speed/pace and ever increasing technology to drive all towards an even faster lifestyle with little meaning and time for self-improvement. In short, change has been rampant resulting in a detrimental impact upon the human body. The impact is not always well understood, but stress and anxiety affects the body and mind in more ways than one.

The practice of guided meditative movement is a way of momentarily slowing down one’s daily existence, driving awareness towards the body. Through the practice of MM, one is able to slow down the pace. As we slow down the pace, one can argue that mobility in general terms may be reduced somewhat, but through the introduction of the principle of kindness, one is able to restore both body and mind to a state of well-being. Practitioners across a wide spectrum of gender and age have reported an increase in energy, awareness and have commented that they have found a type of coping mechanism by which they are better prepared to face daily existence.

Little did one comprehend the meaning of Mark Twain’s infamous words when he said that “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

This is arguably nothing short of a transcendental truth related to both our bodies as well as our moral-being. By practicing meditative movement in a kindness approach, one is able to reactivate the body’s cellular memory, almost restoring the memory of our dead and deaf cells thereby releasing the tension and stress which has become the silent killers within modern society. 

The practice of meditative movement is also a means of drawing attention to the present moment through greater and increased body awareness, i.e. by practicing  ( yoga exercises – guided meditation – breathing techniques )

the body is signalling to us that something is wrong/happening within us. The application of a yogic technique of alternate nostril breathing is a tried and tested way of using a simple inhalation process to calm our composers, most importantly to re-establish that natural rhythm by which one can prolong your life.

Let’s have a few minutes to give a try of Alternate Nostril breathing :

Alternate nostril breathing is a yogic breath control practice. In Sanskrit, it’s known as nadi shodhana pranayama. This translates as “subtle energy clearing breathing technique 

To practice alternate nostril breathing:

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.
  • Place your left hand on your left knee.
  • Lift your right hand up toward your nose.
  • Exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
  • Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.
  • Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
  • Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
  • Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.
  • This is one cycle.
  • Continue for up to 5 minutes.
  • Always complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.

Correct breathing will re-energise both body and mind. The use of modern technology, e.g. Zoom video conferencing has greatly assisted in making the meditative movement healing technique accessible to a wider audience across the world. People have joined the sessions from across the globe, needless to say in the comfort of their own surroundings which in itself provided numerous advantages that might have prevented individuals from practicing. 

Testimony shared from Participants from around the Globe who participate in meditative movement online sessions 

From UAEI joined your session last week on zoom and it was on a level I can’t explain. When I first started I was tense but gradually released the stress and tension and allowed happier vibrations to enter. I felt relief and calm and peace really! It’s amazing that you could do that through the screen! I wish you all the best truly, what you’re offering is amazing.

From the UKI am happy that it was meant to be that I joined the class and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed your style of teaching and you create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere.

From Lebanon  Thank you so much! So generous of you and these sessions have had a great impact on me. I feel more grounded, centered and physically flexible. They have instilled a deeper understanding into my daily life, such as my art practice and relationship with my body and the lengthy attention it deserves every single day. So happy to have joined”

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