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What does mindful movement mean?

It is putting your attention and focus on noticing and feeling what your body does while engaging in movement. It is a mental focus and practice of being aware of our entire body. Mindful movement allows us to recognize the capability and potential of our bodies.

Mindful movement allows us to check in with our bodies and get moving in a way that can help us lower stress, release stagnant energy, and strengthen our mind-body connection. It’s a great way to practise self-care by incorporating both mental and physical well-being.

However , what is the connection between mindfulness and empathy? Can mindfulness training enhance empathy?

You’re probably familiar with the saying, “to stand in someone else’s shoes.” That is an aspect of empathy. However, before we stand in someone else’s shoes, we first need to know what it’s like to stand in our own shoes! With mindfulness, we learn to truly stand in our own shoes. From this perspective, mindfulness is a practice of self–empathy. This kind of self-awareness allows us to develop empathic connections to others. As we experience the landscape of our inner life with more detail and richness, our ability to understand the inner lives of others expands.

Here is where The Little Gym can be a perfect partner. As the world’s premiere early childhood development program, The Little Gym partners with parents to empower children for life’s adventures. Specialising in unique educational classes that revolve around active play, supporting each child’s physical, social, and emotional growth and instilling the confidence needed to be the best that they can possibly be!

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