All my life, I’ve been a “make things happen” kind of person. That tenacity has its good side – and lately I’ve found it especially exhausting.
Years ago, I learned about dynamic ease through the Nia routine Sanjana. This concept has potential to bring into balance the push and energy out with a receive and energy in. “Dynamic is described as the action of infusing what you do with energy. . . Ease is described as the sensation of relaxation. When action, the energy expenditure phase of a movement, is balanced with relaxation, the rest and recovery phase of a movement, the body becomes organically physically strong and flexible and energetically harmonious and balanced.”
Sounds good, right? I definitely need more balance in my life, and I played with the idea and learned from it, but never got to the place where I felt a full click of dynamic ease in my body.
Several weeks ago, I took a class Feldenkrais method lesson for the first time. The Feldenkrais method is one of the nine movement forms of Nia – bringing conscious awareness to movement, especially where there’s effort in a part of my body that isn’t even moving. Since that lesson, dynamic ease clicked in my body in a new way.
Now, when I take a moment to scan my body for places where there is effort where there could be ease, I find ways to rest and relax in that moment that I never knew were possible before, so that I truly can “do” with much less effort than I thought possible. When I close my eyes, I realize my forehead is tense, when I relax that, I find my toes gripping the carpet, then I sense holding in my right shoulder. As I consciously release each, I sense an unwinding in my body, replacing effort with effortless pleasure.
Join me for Nia class this Sunday morning in Wiscasset, for a focus on sensing ease while moving. To go deeper and unwind the tension in the connective tissue that can hold tension in the body, meet me in Unity for a workshop on April 1, followed by class.