Mindful movement is an activity and/or exercise performed with awareness. It is putting your attention and focus on noticing and feeling what your body does while engaging in movement. It is a mental focus and practice of being aware of our entire body. Mindful movement allows us to recognize the capability and potential of our bodies.
While many types of aerobic and anaerobic exercise promote physical and mental wellbeing, there are specific “schools” of physical activity with a more distinct mind-body approach, such as:
Qigong: Chinese practice using movement, affirmations, breathwork, visualizations, and meditation to improve the flow of Qi (life force), restore internal harmony, and restore the practitioner’s harmony with nature.
Tai Chi: Chinese system of physical exercises designed to facilitate the flow of Qi (life force) in the body, promoting good health and vitality. Tai Chi utilizes movements that are Yin Yang opposites: softness and strength, forward and backward, action and calm.
Yoga: multidimensional system that includes stretching and strengthening poses, breathing exercises, and ethical and meditation practices. It uses body, breath, and senses to reconnect the practitioner with the universe and move emotions and thoughts into stillness.
Mindful movement can be a mixture of Yoga, Qigong, mindfulness meditation, breathing, and relaxation exercises.