A: In a nutshell, there are two main differences between more “traditional” and my “sensory movement” meditations:
During the meditations, I invite you to explore certain positions and movements and certain sensations, e.g. of touch or internal sensations such as your heartbeat or your breathing. However, you are always encouraged to follow the lead of your own body, that is, to move or shift position if you feel uncomfortable in any way.
You might also follow your own curiosity and explore for yourself what comes up during the meditation uniquely for you. The latter comes more naturally the more you practice.
Allowing for movement and personal exploration is key to my next point.
2) TUNING INTO and LEARNING ABOUT THE BODY
The meditations are Somatic practices, which some describe as a form of Western Mindfulness. However, they go deeper than pure Mindfulness.
Firstly, you might explore, for example, emotions that emerge and allow yourself to feel them in your body – as opposed to simply observing. You might then explore how to move with those emotions. You are also always invited to follow any pleasurable sensations or sensations that feel welcome to you. A favorite of mine is exploring how celebration feels in the body.
I weave in elements of “experiential anatomy” into the meditations (often combined with nature connection elements), which means that you will learn and experience aspects of your own anatomy, for example, how your breathing works, where your organs are located in your body, or what helps your fascia stay healthy. (And if you are not sure what fascia are, I guide you through the explanation in the meditation!)