Over the weekend I was at a dear friends house watching her “warm up” her horse. This is when you see the trainer in the center of the ring with the horse following commands as it circles around the trainer forming a pattern as an outer circle (still in the ring). If you ever watch a horse get “warmed up”, which I completely encourage you to do so, you will see that at the beginning the horse will change it’s stride constantly and often breath out very deep exhalations. The change in stride is often the horse following commands and finding a rhythm. When the horse begins to nod its head and exhale with force, it is actually releasing its pent up energy. Since this information has been brought to my attention and awareness, it makes total sense. It’s kind of like, “no duh” as some of my pediatric patients like to say!
However, it got me thinking, we humans are the same way. Except how often do we have a trainer that’s prescribing a daily meditative release of energy whether we are into it or not?
The Chinese are committed to qi gong which literally means the movement of energy. Yogi’s originally stemming from India are dedicated to their daily yoga and meditation practice. As westerners we maybe committed to running, lifting weights, yoga, pilates, spin class, cross fit or other activities, but are we committed to a daily practice of moving energy, finding a rhythmic breath and quieting our mind?
It is extremely important for our adrenal glands which regulate our sleep-wake cycle, our energy, appetite, mood, even how our other organ systems function like our heart, lungs, kidneys, digestive tract, brain and sex hormones. One of the first places you can start your healing process is to recognize when you have internal pent up energy and move it out! Stuck energy can look like a random cough, a head ache, fatigue, muscle aches, when we say, “I need a drink”, run to grab some food to distract our minds, go for a peace of gum, want to scream, ect). When we get signals that do not represent BALANCE AND HEALTH, we would benefit more from standing up, separating your feet hips width distance apart, closing your eyes, allowing your body to let go and gently bouncing some of the stale energy out. When you bounce, you can hum, sigh, you can scream, move your body from side to side until you find your rhythm. That is when you would begin taking repetitive conscious breaths until you begin to feel settled. Only takes about 2-5min! It’s worth it, it’s your health and it’s free!!