The Slug warmup / cooldown

by Josephine Bean

Lie on the floor on your back, and take 10 slow, deep breaths. As you breathe, feel the weight of your body shifting and pressing against the floor. The floor is solid and supportive, it knows how to carry your moving body.

Slowly, begin to introduce movement into your body. You can begin with small movements, for example wiggling your toes or fingers, or rolling your head from side to side. Then, begin to introduce bigger movements, such as moving your leg, or shifting onto your side. The movement can be slow, almost imperceptible, but it is important that you move continuously, without stopping into stillness. While you move, try and keep as much of your body as possible on the floor. Try and spread the entirety of your skin—the body’s largest organ—across the floor’s surface. Keep moving, shifting, turning, all the while maintaining contact with the ground, feeling gravity pulling and pushing the different parts of your body.

Do this until each part and every inch of your body has touched the floor, or until you feel like it is enough.