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Word Nerd: Pandiculation

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsypandiculation definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyPandiculation is an all-over stretching and yawning, as upon waking or going to bed. Pandiculation derives from from Latin pandiculari, which is from pendere (to stretch).

Pandiculation describes a natural process of yawning and stretching that our bodies do when we’ve been sedimentary for awhile in preparation for movement. If our bodies didn’t pandiculate, they would become unbearably stiff, tight, and sore and don’t even get me started on just how bad our postures would become. As it is, we humans do way to little pandictulating and we suffer as a result.

Morning pandiculation image via LaWhimsy WordNerdTake some time to revel in some pandiculation and feel how good your body feels…

Just creating this post has seen me pause and pandiculate several times and each time I take a moment and feel just how delightfully my body responds to the movement. I’m going to be looking up a few seated stretches to add to my daily routine just to get a little extra mindful pandiculation in and to let my body know that I want to my best by it. How often do you engage, mindfully or subconsciously, in pandiculation each day?

Namaste ~ Ella

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