This practice of Opening the Gates is designed to help people whom I have worked with, and others who might just be learning about Body Dialogue.
I am often asked to send short reminders of how I help others open the breath through short stretching practices.
What tools do I use to teach opening the stuck places and moving energy and breath through resistance and fear?
Here is an example of what I teach in my classes and private sessions. I am using my hands to guide my student but you can imagine my hands guiding you.
The areas we are opening are:
-the head/neck/jaw: where we hold anger and fear
-the hips: where we constrict ourselves in fear of moving forward
-and of course, the mid-section: where the diaphragm is held so we will not feel the range of our full emotional body.
Let me know if it works for you.
“You cannot release what isn't held” was a phrase my teacher Jana Titus often said in yoga class. To me, it means the release of a body part or energy center can only occur IF one place is anchored and stable. Release only happens as a result of the energy moving through and from the anchor point.
Do this practice and see if it is true for you. Can you release if one place is not grounded and stable?