Welcome to the world of nature-based somatic practices, where we use movement and sensory experiences to connect with the natural environment and promote well-being. Our favourite practices are incredibly powerful tools for improving focus, reducing stress, and boosting creativity – all of which can help you succeed in business.
Exercise 1: Grounding
Take a moment to ground yourself by standing barefoot on the ground, closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. Imagine roots growing down from the soles of your feet into the earth, stabilizing you and allowing the earth’s energy to flow up into your body.
Exercise 2: Tree pose
Stand on one leg and place the sole of your other foot on the inner thigh of your standing leg. Reach your arms up towards the sky and visualize yourself as a tall, strong tree. This pose helps you cultivate balance and strength.
Exercise 3: Walking meditation
Find a quiet, natural space and take a mindful walk. Focus on your breath, the sensations in your body, and the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Visualize each step you take as a step towards your business goals.
Exercise 4: Mindful breathing
Sit comfortably and focus on your breath. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly, imagining your breath flowing through your body like a gentle wave. When your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to your breath.
Exercise 5: Seated twist
Sit cross-legged on the ground and twist your body to the right, placing your left hand on your right knee and your right hand behind your back. Hold this pose for a few breaths and then switch sides. This pose helps release tension and promotes spinal mobility.
Exercise 6: Water visualization
Find a quiet spot near a body of water and visualize the water flowing freely and smoothly, just like your business goals. Imagine obstacles and challenges as rocks or debris in the water, and visualize them being washed away.
Exercise 7: Sun salutations
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and reach your arms up towards the sky. Exhale and fold forward, reaching for your toes. Inhale and come back up to standing, reaching your arms up again. Repeat this sequence 5-10 times to energize your body and mind.
Exercise 8: Earthing
Lie down on the ground and let your body sink into the earth. Visualize your business goals as a bright, shining light within you, radiating outwards and attracting positive energy.
Exercise 9: Standing forward bend
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and fold forward, reaching for your toes. This pose helps release tension in your back and legs, promoting relaxation and calmness.
Exercise 10: Nature visualization
Find a comfortable spot to sit and visualize yourself in a natural setting that makes you feel calm and peaceful. Allow yourself to fully relax and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of this environment.
By incorporating these exercises into your daily routine, you can cultivate a greater sense of well-being and achieve your business goals with greater ease and joy. Remember, simply getting out in nature can be a powerful tool for improving focus, reducing stress, and boosting creativity, making them an essential part of any business strategy.