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 self-professed fitness junkie Ana Alarcon about how she finds mindfulness through movement:

Splendid Spoon: What does mindfulness mean to you?

Ana: Being present in everything I do.

SS: What’s your favorite way to move?

AA: For me, this changes all the time and totally depends on my mood. However, a good HIIT session could be my all-time favorite. I love some intensity and that feeling of accomplishment that I get afterwards.

SS:If you were one movement, what would it be?

AA: I’d love to be a downward dog. It’s my favorite yoga pose. I love how it makes me feel peaceful but strong!

SS:Where else do you incorporate mindfulness into your day?

AA: When I’m talking to people. I feel like we are all so busy and so connected all the time, but when I’m having a conversation with someone, I make sure that I’m 100% listening to them, and not thinking about what else I have to do.

SS: What’s your favorite post-movement Splendid Spoon soup?

AA: Beans & Greens. Every time. I love a good bean soup — it reminds me of home.