Stabilize Your Body and Mind

A stabilizing practice to improve our memory, and expand our awareness of our body in space.

Our intention with this balancing practice is to stabilize both physically and mentally, but also to become more agile in both our mind and body.

We can work on a lot of this with just one move: standing on one leg. Amazing, right? The National Institute of Aging recommends that we have some type of balance or stability training in our lives. That’s because it not only helps us improve our memory, it helps us expand our awareness of our body in space. That awareness is called spatial cognition or proprioception, and as we get older we need to work a little harder at retaining it. Especially because falls can spell more frequent and difficult injuries as we age.

If you haven’t balanced in a while, you may find yourself a little shaky during this practice. And that’s OK. Through all of these practices, we’re building muscle and we’re building muscle memory. Remember to be patient with yourself.

When you balance on one leg, and you try to maneuver yourself in space, shakiness is actually an indication that your stabilizing muscles are firing. We all have small stabilizing muscles around our joints, hips, knees, and ankles. As we age, and…

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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, Oprah.com, and Thrive Global.

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