Try This Movement Practice Before You Meditate

By focusing on the breath while doing some simple mindful movements you can synchronize your mind and body with breath and rhythm.

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Mindful movement can help you tap into that space beyond your busy mind where you are already calm and clear. By focusing on the breath while doing some simple movements you can synchronize your mind and body with breath and rhythm. What happens when you do that, even after just a few minutes, is you begin to pause and start to focus.

2-Minute Mindful Movement Practice for Strengthening the Mind and Body

You can do this standing movement practice anywhere:

Separate your feet hip-width and bring your hands together in front of your chest, interlocking your fingers. Take a deep breath in, then as you exhale, press your palms forward, opening your back. Inhale and reach your arms up, straight above your head, stretching your palms to the sky. Exhale, release your interlocking fingers and fan your arms down and behind your back. Interlock your fingers behind your back. Inhale, look up and lift your heart towards the sky, bending your back slightly. Exhale, bend your knees and bend forward, pointing your hands towards the sky, and your face towards the ground. Inhale and come up to standing, releasing your fingers and fanning your arms…