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 with Brooklyn-based yogi, Beth Cooke, about what mindfulness means to her.
Splendid Spoon: What does mindfulness mean to you?
Beth: Mindfulness is a greater awareness of how I participate in this world; a focus on that ripple effect that flows from how I interact with the people around me.
SS: When do you feel most at peace?
BC: I feel most at peace when I’m connecting with others.
SS: Where else do you incorporate mindfulness into your day?
BC: I try my best to be as mindful as possible in every situation, whether I’m at the bank or at a diner — I’m from New Jersey, I love diners!
SS: If you were one Splendid Spoon bowl, what would it be?
BC: I’d be Chipotle Black Bean Chili. It’s got a little kick to it. In fact, I am that soup!
SS: When do you feel most powerful and strong?
BC: When I’m taking really awesome care of myself.
SS: What’s your favorite Mindful Movement?
BC: Legs up the wall. Lie on your back, and put your legs literally up the wall. Scoot your booty in close to the wall, turn your palms so they face up, close your eyes, and put a slight bend in your knees if you need. Just stay there for as long as you can, maybe even 20–30 minutes. It stimulates your circulation so it really calms you down. All the blood moves from your feet, down towards your heart, and sends oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body.