Studies in the field of ecopsychology reveal how our connection to nature is an integral part of our health. For millennia we have lived at the edge of the forest, interacting with the world around us in a very different way. In a very short period of time, we have removed ourselves from our natural habitat, which has had a profound impact on our overall wellness.
We are no longer foraging for food or building structures from the natural environment. Our lifestyle has changed drastically, and with it comes new challenges.
Building a strong, healthy, and sustainable body is a holistic process. It requires a tremendous amount of will but is worth the results: a long, healthy life. Concentrating on simple primal movements with unbridled intent, focus, and the absolute will to persevere through any obstacle can create a strong foundation for your health journey.
If you’re doing them right, these five movements may be challenging at first. But the more we challenge ourselves to reconnect with human nature the more confidence you will cultivate. While you are practicing, pretend for a moment you are a child again exploring the world with infinite curiosity.
Breathing is the most important movement we do, so focus on this throughout your practice. This will help your nervous system relax, muscles to soften, and help reconnect your mind and body.
Observing children during infancy is the most natural, and pure example of the evolution of human movement. It highlights the importance of those movements to build a strong body. Mimicking a child’s crawl or even getting creative can significantly improve shoulder stability, core strength, and quadrupedal dexterity.
The squat, also referred to in yoga as the Malasana pose, releases tension in the thighs, groin, hips, ankles, and torso. It tones the abdominal muscles and improves the function of the digestive system. This movement also increases circulation, respiratory function, and blood flow in the pelvis, which can help improve sexual health.
Stand up, with the awareness of all the muscles supporting your skeletal structure, and stretch your body as high as possible. As if you were reaching as high as you possibly could to the sky. Standing or Mountain pose in yoga is a foundational movement to build awareness of the entire body.
Walking was integral to our existence. Now, it is incredibly undervalued for its importance in building a strong and supportive foundation on which to move through life. Practice this exercise barefoot, feel the ground on your feet and walk with grace, gliding through the air using your entire body to balance through the movement.