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Embodying Change: How Movement Can Transform Your Life

Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn't in your mind, but in your body.

The idea of altering your mind through movement sounds almost metaphorical. Stretch yourself. Strengthen your core. Grow some backbone. Listen to your body.Yet recent science has found not only that you can trigger a physical change with your mind but also that real transformation can start with your body: with movement, with breath, with shifting your physical habits, no matter what your age.At first glance, healing trauma through yoga may not seem to have much in common with teaching hip-hop to at-risk teens―or any of the other forms of transformative movement profiled here. But the practices have this in common: Slow down, feel your body, and, as it moves, be aware of how it feels on the earth. And the practitioners are all living proof that many times, real transformation starts not with thinking, analyzing, or intellectual will but with movement.Sarah Crowell: Walking Differently in the WorldSarah Crowell is the program director at Destiny Arts, in Oakland, California. The dance and martial arts center teaches at-risk teens to channel their experiences into performances and shows them how to preven …

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