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Visualize and Mobilize: A Gentle Somatic Yoga Flow
Quantum physics has demonstrated that physical change can come about simply by using the mind’s creative ability to visualize. This is why practitioners of Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) are encouraged to creatively explore visualization techniques while engaging the practice’s various Somatic Movement Flows®. They are especially purposeful for situations involving compromised mobility, for example, after surgery, post-accident and post-trauma recovery, or being bed bound or chair bound.
There is one Somatic Movement Flow in particular that demonstrates how neuromuscular reeducation occurs as well through applied intent as it does with physical enactment. The flow is called “Miracle Moment,” and the astounding testimonial that follows speaks to its visualization technique’s profound effectiveness. Here is the testimonial, recently received from one of our GSY Level 1 students:
“About three weeks ago, Judy came to me for private yoga classes. She suffered a severe stroke nine years ago, which left her almost paralyzed down the right side of her body. Her right arm was pulled up against her body, and the fingers of this hand were ‘clawed.’
“In all three sessions we incorporated the flow sequence ‘Miracle Moment’ on the more mobile side of her body, and just visualized doing the sequence on her restricted side. She told me she felt a lot of tingling in her hands after doing the sequence. Well, to my utter astonishment, she came to class this week and showed me how she can now straighten out the fingers of the hand on her more restricted side and almost straighten her arm out!! This is the first time she has been able to straighten out her fingers for nine years!
“I am so amazed at the progress she is making after such a short time. Surely this has to be a true miracle moment. I am just bursting to get through the rest of my Level 1 teacher’s training course and beyond now—what I have experienced with Judy is just amazing.”
The impact and importance of intention when combined with visualization —as is witnessed by Judy’s results—affirms the claim that Gentle Somatic Yoga is beneficial regardless of age or physical ability. It also highlights the fact that GSY is not only a highly effective heart-centered practice but an equally important science-based one as well.
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Reprinted with permission from gentlesomaticyoga.com.
James has been an E-RYT, CHSE (Certified Hanna Somatic Educator), and Integrative Therapist for 25+ years. His passion is to inspire and encourage others to live a fulfilling life of physical, emotional, and spiritual freedom. From his combined experience as a lifelong yogi, intuitive bodyworker, psychotherapist, and movement educator, James founded a method of integrating what he discovered to be the most progressive, life-enhancing techniques into an embodied practice of mindful movement. Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) was born out of years of exploring means of connecting with the most profound aspects of himself.
As an architectural and interior designer, master Feng Shui consultant, and professional photographer, James enjoys designing sacred spaces and other creative endeavors that reflect his spiritual aesthetic. On a personal level, he enjoys spending quality time with loved ones while cultivating and energizing conscious community. James spends much of his time traveling the world facilitating teacher training certifications, workshops, and cultural immersion retreats. Please join him and experience GSY for yourself!