Probably most of us don’t stretch enough, which is why taking a few minute breaks during the day to do so is so important. A nice side body stretch is a great one to incorporate into your day. I know my body feels great when I do! Check out this podcast episode with Danielle Potvin, RMT, who talks about the importance of stretching. Hopefully this video gives you another idea on how to keep making the most of it!
This mindful stretching exercise is from Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training Manual. The point is to focus on your breath and movement while doing a stretch that allows you to “reach for the stars.” Mindfulness can be done in many ways, and stretching (and yoga) is one of them! If you’re having trouble with mindfulness meditation, I suggest starting with these types of practices first. There are two versions in the video, one standing and the other sitting so this is accessible to everyone!
For more on the benefits of stretching, check out my podcast episode with Danielle Potvin here. And for more on the benefits of mindfulness for health, check out that episode here. Until next week, keep making the most of it!