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 is a leading authority on mental fitness having led thousands through her signature strategies of how to work and play in flow. She shares her 30+ years of body-brain training with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and premiere college sports teams. Cara’s expertise includes science-backed tools to enhance coherence and awareness through mind training and priming the nervous system and gut-brain connection. She is the author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine, founder of the award-winning Verge Yoga Center, and host of the On The Verge mental fitness podcast.