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  • Writer's pictureDanielleEastman

Strong back, soft front, wild heart.

Oh, friends. My body is soooooo looking forward to this focus this week. This one has to do with how we embody our posture, both while dancing, and in life.

The phrase "strong back, soft front, wild heart..." comes from Brené Brown’s book, Braving the Wilderness. I read it a few years back, and absolutely loved her idea of living life this way. I knew right away that the phrase would make an awesome focus to explore in class together. We first explored it back in 2019, and now, at least once a year, I like to come back to it as a way to re-focus on sustaining an open, confident, energizing posture that feels really good.

And man, could I really use it right now. January is the time of year when I find myself hunching over the most. Here in Iowa, January is pretty cold... and still dark... so I tend to sit a lot more than other times of the year. I snuggle into those cozy blankets on the couch... and curl inward to stay warm. I also spend a lot less time outside, moving my body, and instead sit a lot more at the table working on fun, creative projects on my computer. All in all-- in January, I spend a lot of time sitting, curling, hunching, and folding inward... so I am sooooo ready to shift my focus to opening my body back up.

How about you, friends?

Do you notice any changes in your posture this time of year? Do you curl inward into winter too? Is your body craving an opportunity to open up and expand? We'll be dancing and playing with this allllll week, so pop on in and join us anytime....

As we dance and sense our bodies, we'll ask ourselves:

  • How does it feel to dance (or move through life) with a strong back, soft front, and wild heart?

  • What do you notice and sense in your back, chest, shoulders, neck, and belly?

  • How does this focus help us create more spaciousness in our spine and openness along the front of our chest?

  • How does it help us to set down our armor and open our hearts so we can feel wildly alive and free?

As always, I can't wait to see what we discover together!

See you soon, friends!

💛 Dani


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