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Yoga Girl Daily - November 15th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

It’s time to dance! One of the all-time best self-care practices.

Don’t worry if you have no rhythm or feel awkward on the dance floor; this dance party is just for you.

Blast that song that makes your body itch to move. It doesn’t matter what you look like as long as you feel free, weird and wild.

Let yourself go crazy, release your inner child and shake it!

Nothing can turn a day around quite like it.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Friday! It's Feel-Good Friday today, which means it's time for our self-care practice. Feel-Good Fridays are all about something that helps us transition from our work week into what hopefully will be a really fun and calm weekend ahead. Today I have one of my favorite things in the world in store for you and it's something that actually took me a couple of years into adulthood to get, I don't know, it was one of those things that I had friends who were really into this who kind of could always feel really free doing this practice and I was always really awkward around it and it took me a couple of years to realize what I had to do or the space I had to drop into for this practice to become a self-care practice. I bet you're curious. Today we are going to dance. Yeah we are!

[01:01] We’re going to dance. We're going to dance. We're going to dance! Dancing, for me, before I actually understood what dancing is as a self-care practice actually is, I used to feel really awkward as a dancer. I don't have really great rhythm. I didn't grow up dancing. I always felt a little bit awkward on the dance floor and what I figured out in my later years is the reason I felt that way is because I wasn't able to really be in my body when I was dancing. So if I ever went out dancing with friends, I wasn’t dancing for me, I was always really worried about if other people were looking at me or if I was doing it right or I was never able to really feel into my body. And today for Feel-Good Friday when I say we're going to dance, we are going to dance as a self-care practice, which means you're not going to give a flying fuck about what you look like when you dance.

[01:56] What's an important for dancing as a self-care practice is that you can feel really free and completely let yourself go crazy without worrying about what anybody thinks. So maybe that means, I mean usually for me it means that I have to do it alone. It really works with my daughter and with my husband as well. But if anyone else is in the house, I can't really let loose the way I can if it's just me. You're going to pick your favorite song, your all time, favorite song to dance to and not that kind of like slow jam kind of slow dance. No, a wild and fun and crazy song. That song that just makes your fingers and toes kind of itch with like, man, I can't stay in this seat anymore. I gotta stand up and dance. That amazing, amazing, amazing, upbeat, exciting song.

[02:43] If you want, you can even make a little mini playlist. Sometimes I'll take three songs or five songs, make a little mini playlist out of that so I have a little bit more time to dance. But honestly, even just one really good song will do the trick. The key is that you have a little bit of space, you might have to some furniture around and I want you to play the song or this playlist really, really, really loud. Totally. And then before you start, take a moment to close your eyes, drop into your breath, feel the soles of your feet on the ground, and then just hear the music start and feel into the body without any expectation without it having to look like anything at all. Honestly. It doesn't even have to look like whatever your mind tells you dancing should look like.

[03:27] And when I say dance, I really just mean moving your body freely, moving your body exactly the way your body wants to move. So get super wild and be dorky. Be weird. You know, let your inner child come out to play. Let yourself go a little bit crazy. Make funny faces. Shake it out, move around the room and go nuts. I'm getting really excited just talking about this because literally this practice of turning on a song really loud and then dancing like a maniac in my kitchen, it's my favorite thing to do. Nothing can turn a day around like a one man dance party. I swear to God, nothing can turn it around like just moving your body to really good music. And that's what we're going to do today. It doesn't matter what time of day you do it. Make sure you give yourself the space to actually turn on that amazing music and dance today.

[04:21] If you want to invite your kids, if you want to invite your friends, your family, whatever, do it. But I kind of like it as that solo practice, the same way I like to practice yoga on my own because they have space to just breathe and be alone. Dancing as a self-care practice, I find it's kinda nice to do on your own as well. You might find that around halfway through that song you feel the urge to let out some noise. Do it. If you want to holler or shout or scream or yell or laugh or giggle, whatever comes out of your mouth, just let it go. Let this be a time for you to be 100% all the way, totally free. You deserve it and the time is now. I am so excited about today's Feel-Good Friday. I really hope you enjoy your little dance party today. Thank you so much for listening. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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