When something comes your way and you feel bad or as though you failed, take a moment and practice tapping. This time, pay attention to the sensation but also say, I love and accept myself, I am open to seeing how this situation is helping me grow, or how is this a win? This practice calls on your brain’s executive system and helps open it up to a transformative mindset.
Inhale for a count of 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4, and hold for 4. Start with 10 reps, or set a timer. As you practice, you’ll be able to increase your count and reps. If your mind wanders, try adding one more count to your exhale. If you’re inhaling and holding for 4, exhale instead for 5. This pranayama takes concentration and helps slow the mind.
Stand and close your eyes if it feels safe, or soften your gaze, relaxing your eyelids. Forero Puerta starts her workshops with a shaking practice, which she leads to the beat of up-tempo, rhythmic music. Wiggle all of your fingers, rotate your wrists, and raise and drop your shoulders. Shake your arms and legs. Start jumping and continue for the length of a song while tapping (head, collarbone, or another area) to invite more sensation to various parts of your body.
These three poses help calm your nervous system: A Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) with a bolster underneath your knees.
B Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose) with your pelvis propped on a bolster.