I was up and out early this morning to walk my dog when the realisation came that I was walking with freedom. As the words appeared in my mind I was thinking: “Love that expression, what does it actually mean?”

You know how it is sometimes really hard to put words on a feeling or sensation? So strange when you know the feeling is there and 100% real. Here are thoughts that came up as I did my “freedom walk”:

“My body feels light and spacious. I can’t notice any tightness anywhere. I feel safe. My shoes are super comfortable, my feet feel protected and alive, and I notice the sensation of rolling under the soles of my feet. My hip region feels light. Oh yes, the hips are designed to roll and that is exactly what is happening right now. I probably feel so free and light because I did yoga yesterday. My shoulders are relaxed. My arms are swinging freely front to back. I notice that my jaw is relaxed. How cool, the connections between shoulders and jaw are working – yes, that must be it. I feel secure. What’s happening with my mind? I notice that I place my awareness on sensations in the body, so yes of course my mind is calm. I am not bothered about what I am doing later today or what is not working for me at the moment. I am the awareness noticing how my body feels right now, with curiosity and without any judgment. That’s it. I wish I could feel like this always.”

Some summer facts:

  • Joints: Regular movement of joints helps enormously to feel free. Yoga is great for that and I think swimming is too! When you swim it is like oiling the machinery (although I would prefer not to use a machine-like word for the precious body). Swim if you can, and get the additional benefits of salt water on your body.
  • Feet: Walking barefoot on a beach with sand or pebbles, or walking on grass, triggers the nerves just underneath the soles of the feet and creates foot heaven. Try it and they will be buzzing with delight.
  • Reality: This was a special experience. I don’t feel like this always. I had a great moment and appreciated it. As I know what is needed to feel this way, I view it as an excellent incentive to become more consistent in my everyday yoga practice.

I wish you a nice day! See you out there, walking with freedom,

Annette X

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children.