Open Your Mind and Your Body

Learn heart-opening movements to strengthen the muscles in your back, expand your breath, and uplift your mind.

This session we’re going to move mindfully and explore the feelings of joy and being uplifted. The way we do that is through extending our body through back bending.

As we’ve been learning during the past two sessions, our mind often reflects what’s happening in our body and nervous system. You may have noticed when your body feels energized, your mind feels more energized. Everything is connected. So, similarly, when our body feels tense or small or closed, our mind may feel more tense and closed as well. 

This session we’re going to use our body to uplift our mind. Back bends are great for this because they have a real heart-opening quality. When we feel nervous and agitated mentally, it can be an indication that we’re feeling stressed or frazzled in our nervous system. And the best way to begin to stabilize and find some harmony in our system, as we’ve been learning, is through coherent breathing: moving our body and breath in rhythm. 

Let’s talk a little first about what back bending is counteracting. Most of us are abundantly familiar with one reality of our modern lives: we spend many of our days either sitting at a…

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About the author

Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley, a best-selling author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine, is a former pro skater for Rollerblade and the founder of Verge Body-Mind Center in Philadelphia. As a speaker and body-mind expert, Cara teaches executives and athletes how to live in flow using strategies integrating movement, breath, and mindfulness training to optimize wellbeing and performance. She works with organizations including Coca-Cola, World Bank Group, SAP and Goldman Sachs and college sports teams including the 2018 National Champion Villanova Men’s Basketball team. Cara hosts a weekly podcast on body-mind training and is a frequent contributor to Happify, Whil, Mindful,, and Thrive Global.