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“The psoas is connected to the diaphragm through connective tissue or fascia which affects both our breath and fear reflex. This is because the psoas is directly linked to the reptilian brain, the most ancient interior part of the brain stem and spinal cord. As Koch writes “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.” …more here
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“The findings suggest that extended group-based nature recreation can have significant positive impacts on veterans struggling with serious health problems,” said Jason Duvall, a research scientist at the U-M School of Natural Resources & Environment, and one of the study’s lead authors. “Although more research is needed and many questions remain, the use of extended group-based outdoor recreation programs to ease veterans’ transition back into civilian life seems to be a promising approach.” articleby Nick Manci with
- is designed to systematically eradicate dis-ease that resides in the body and mind caused by stress and trauma while rebuilding our resiliency to it.
1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacteria, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life.
2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living body
When an organism, be it animal or human, experiences stress it can be to any degree. Trauma suggests it went deep enough, to some degree, trigger the fight, flight and/or freeze mode, The central nervous system and the brain, to some degree are stimulated. This charge (fight/flee) is to survive in life threatening situations. The freeze is a numbing state to help tolerate the pain to help survival or die with less pain. The rest of the body, moving outward from the center, is in constant communication with the CNS and brain and it as well receives and experiences whatever signals are being transmitted and vise-versa. This can be exhilarating and/or damaging depending on the state of consciousness and condition of the organism carrying it. It is the natural process of an organism to eradicate the charged state after its purpose is served. If for whatever reason this does not happen, the system becomes short circuited and neurosis and dis-ease set in. On the other hand if the body along with nervous system and brain are strong, open and more resilient to conditions such as stress and temperature then we become more resilient to stress and trauma.
1. Harm or injury to property or a person, resulting in loss of value or the impairment of usefulness.
n. pl. trau·mas or trau·ma·ta (-m
1. A serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.
2. An emotional wound or shock that creates substantial, lasting damage to the psychological development of a person, often leading to neurosis.
3. An event or situation that causes great distress and disruption.
We have to face what’s in there, and that’s not always so pretty. That’s why an important component of the practice is self-awareness/regulation. Students are required to practice this awareness of self. Starting small and expanding. THAT is the core of the practice! There are no substitutes for this. Regulated breathing plays a very important role in this process. We start small with with regulated breathing and find its walls. With diligence the walls widen until they’re no longer, and the organism is free of the burden it once carried.
There are only a handful of components that make up the process.
Unlike other modalities, is designed to cleanse – not only the muscle and joints, of this held tension, but to discharge the central nervous system and brain as well…
the power station and command center.
Breaking down and eradicating all blockage, bringing the organism back to a natural balance where all its systems are working in harmony.
This particular physical practice allows for a breaking down and a restructuring of the organism to happen simultaneously.
The idea is to first turn the body into a life pumping organism, using the 3 locks in the body, regulated breathing/self-regulation and functional positioning and movement – alignment of the spine and limbs to ones best ability. on a 2 x 5 yoga mat.
2. The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity.
1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy.
Resilience is an important element to mind/body health that is typically overlooked. It’s applied here in the form of bouncing. This can mean anything from a standing march to jumping jacks. As a way to create heat and awaken the body and mind. As long as an organism does not close up as a result of the action, then heat and resilience is increased. The person becomes more resilient. Better able to snap back if needed.
1. To lengthen, widen, or distend.
2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space.
We stretch to open up, we breathe to fill in. Breath is life, without it we would die. To satuate our cells with it brings ease. When we do this at our edge there is a breaking down and opening up taking place simultaniously. The breath must always prosper!
1. The power to resist attack; impregnability.
2. The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
3. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
As long as oxygen is the fuel for strengthening and a regulated breath is possible, the potential for physical, psychological and emotional strength is present.
1. a shaking or vibrating movement as of the earth. 2. An involuntary trembling or quivering, as from nervous agitation or weakness.
An organism knows how to react to trauma as much as it knows how to discharge it. Opening and fatiguing of certain muscles has been proven to induce the necessary tremors or shaking that people often try to stop when they occur out of ignorance. We’re just now realizing that it’s natural and necessary to do this. The tremor accessibility can increase the more this is practiced. There is always the possibility, as in the entire practice, of too much too soon. This is where self-regulation comes in.
The final step in the practice is done at the end of every session. This is the stage of realizing the results of the hard work thus becoming more real and a part of us.
v. healed, heal·ing, heals
1. To restore to health or soundness; cure.
2. To set right; repair: healed the rift between us.
3. To restore (a person) to spiritual wholeness.
The result of this practice is a restoration of the organism from the toes to the brain. We all deserve to live free of stress or at least to know how to maintain and be resilient to stress and trauma throughout our lives.
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I throw down my mat feeling the weight of my world on my shoulders. I stand in mountain pose and close my eyes, I bring my hands to my heart reminding myself why I take the time to do this. I start my breathing. Slow full inhale, slow full exhale….repeat. Once I feel the oxygen reach my brain I begin to move with the full breathing. Sun salutes, I hate them. I’m now feeling all that I don’t like about having a body and think “what’s the point of doing all this? It’s so much work to have a body. I recall the comfort of drinking, eating and watching movies. The human body can run on it’s own just fine, I don’t need this yoga shit. I’m perfectly fine with my own little preoccupation.”
Ten minutes pass I become Okay with putting some effort into it. But I’m really starting to feel the magnitude of my, bad habits, attachments and irritability that has been so familiar to me. I feel the weight in my chest, brain and every 42 year old joint in my body. I keep breathing because I’ve been here before, many times, and I know how to move into and through it. I keep breathing! No matter how hard it is I WILL have a breakthrough today on my mat. 20 minutes in and my blood is warm, thin and saturated with oxygen. I remember now, I recall the reasons I’ve devoted a large part of my life to practicing and teaching yoga. Now I’m ready to practice Hatha Yoga.by admin with
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