Here's our first draft of the list of tips that the magazine featured. What do you think, fellow Puget Sounders? Did we cover everything?
Tips for Holding an Umbrella
Stabilize your shoulder girdle. Cold, damp weather has a tendency to draw everyone’s shoulders up toward the ears. To create some space there: Shrug your shoulders up as you inhale. On an exhale, float your shoulder blades down the back and into their pockets.
Try “umbrella breathing.” Further stabilize your upper body by using three-dimensional breath to bring awareness to your thoracic spine. As you inhale, imagine your ribcage is expanding in all directions, like an umbrella as it opens. As you exhale, feel the ribs settle together.
Relax your arms. A sudden gust of wind may mean you have to hold your umbrella at more than one angle to keep it from turning inside out. Keep your upper body “at the ready” or “on simmer,” as Ron Fletcher would say.
Don’t death-grip that handle! Switch your umbrella between hands periodically so you can stretch your fingers. Try “Fist to open,” a Fletcher Fundamental: As you inhale, make a strong fist. Exhale and burst the fingers open, stretching long through the fingertips. (Extra points if you jump through puddles while doing this.)
Engage your lower hemisphere. Keep connected to midline while you navigate slippery, busy sidewalks. Bring your awareness to three sets of “magnets”—one at the ankle bones, one just above the kneecaps, and one between the upper inner thighs.
Embrace the rain! It can be wonderful inspiration for movement. (Movement you’ll do once you’re inside, warm, dry and post almond-milk latte, of course.) Here’s an image for standing alignment: Imagine a raindrop gently falling through the crown of your head, and plumb through the center of your body, until it lands on the floor between your heels.
Finally, don’t stress if you’re caught in a drizzle unprepared—some say sans umbrella is the only way a true Seattleite would roll anyway!