I hope this post finds you well. Today, I wanted to delve into a transformative practice that I recently discovered in Kristin Neff's book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.
In her book, Neff introduces the concept of Supportive Touch, which immediately resonated with me, particularly in the context of my yoga teachings. I often encourage individuals during yoga sessions to draw themselves in, to create a space of comfort and care within. This can be as simple as moving into child's pose or embracing oneself by drawing knees to the chest.
Reflecting on this practice, I realized that the simple act of self-embrace - a self-hug, if you will - holds far more profound power than I previously understood.
Neff's insights shed light on the psychological and physiological impact of this supportive touch. For instance, the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the "love hormone" or "cuddle chemical," fosters trust, relaxation, and a deeper connection with oneself. It's a gesture of self-welcome and comfort that can significantly influence our body, mind, and spirit.
What struck me most was how I've been guiding individuals to connect with their bodies through touch, asking them to place their hand on specific areas to feel muscles or joints working. Little did I realize the broader implications and the inherent potential of such practices.
I invite you to explore a snippet from Neff's book, where she discusses Supportive Touch, exemplifying it as a form of a self-hug. Click here to access this excerpt and consider incorporating a self-compassion hug into your pre, mid, or post-exercise routine this week.
The act of self-compassion through a simple hug is a personal gift only you can give yourself. Consider how this practice might positively impact your well-being.
Stay well and happy moving,
🌺 P.S., Curious about in person yoga with me? Next Thursday November 2 starts the next 8 week series of yoga classes at Grandview Heights Community Hall. Two times to choose from - 6:30 pm or 8 pm. Click here for the details. It would be a privilege to have you join our class.
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