At Splendid Spoon, we want to make the mindfulness world accessible. Whether you find mindfulness on your yoga mat, running, dancing, or doing jumping jacks, we encourage it! Strengthening, healing, and nourishing your body & mind is central to our philosophy. This month, we’re talking to our favorite wellness experts about what mindful movement means to them.
Today, we speak to registered dietitian Alex Rosenstock about what mindful movements she incorporates into her busy New York life:
Splendid Spoon: What does mindfulness mean to you?
Alex: Mindfulness means presence and attention. It means minimizing distractions that are ever-present in our society, and focusing on in-the-moment experiences, whether they be food, conversation, or the beauty around us.
SS: What’s your favorite way to move?
AR: I love going to barre class — it provides me with that mindful focus on breath that yoga gives, but with a little bit more burn. I also enjoy running intervals to a great playlist.
SS:If you were one movement, what would it be?
AR: Child’s pose, because it represents the utmost in letting go and surrendering. I love the feeling of melting into the mat and knowing that in this moment it’s okay to completely relax and release thoughts, tensions, and the constant desire to move forward.
SS:Where else do you incorporate mindfulness into your day?
AR: I try to practice mindful eating. Lately I’ve been focusing on sitting down for breakfast and coffee and enjoying those moments. This means waking up 15 minutes earlier, but it’s worth it! Every morning when I get to work, I do a 10 minute meditation before I turn on my computer. I also try to do breathing exercises on the subway to prevent getting frustrated with the commute.
SS: What’s your favorite post-movement Splendid Spoon soup?
AR: Butternut Turmeric! It’s light but filling, and the turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory. I usually prefer to have a light meal right after exercise, and this is a nourishing option.