I created Mind Body Resilience Training or MBRT in 2013 after having taught yoga for 14 years to general public, addiction treatment, incarcerated, Military and other similar groups. I designed it as a thorough and efficient way to cleanse the body and mind of unwanted stress, trauma and dis-ease that gets stored as memory within the human organism. MBRT uses circuit to build heat, circulation, strength stamina and stability. Asana (yoga poses) for stability, balance, cleansing, concentration. All asana are done with regulated breathing. Because of the heat from the circuit the oxygen is effectively and efficiently circulated during asana. It’s this oxygen distribution that makes yoga work the way it does. Meditation for stillness of body and mind. Trauma Release Exercise or TRE to discharge the accumulated stress and trauma within the central nervous system and brain by inducing tremors in the body, a shaking (It’s usually a very pleasant experience) There’s no part of the body that this practice cannot access. It leaves no stone unturned. This makes MBRT a thorough and rapid way to conquer all dis-ease within the human organism. It strips all the fat off of a min-body practice. Yet because of the strength, resilience and stability that the practice offers, the students are able to feel safe and grounded during this quick transformation into being more present.
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PTSD is caused by the lack of release of the high excitement or anxiety (biochemical energy) that was generated at the time of the traumatic event. The body continues to seek a discharge from this over-stimulation, so the brain unconsciously reproduces situations similar to the original trauma. This is the mind’s attempt to replay the traumatic scenario so that the energy can be discharged in the hopes that the victim will now become the survivor. This is especially prevalent with our veteran population.
Because the experience of trauma is emotionally and physiologically overwhelming, the body stores the memories, thoughts and emotions of the trauma in order to process them at a later date. The high chemical charge left in the body after trauma, continually seeks to discharge. When that discharge does not occur, both the emotional and rational parts of our brains translates this excessive charge into either intense emotions such as hatred, rage, shame, etc. or ideas of revenge, distrust, or negative ideology.
Every trauma, whether it occurs in a physiological, cognitive, emotional or interpersonal form, affects the physical body. The healing of trauma BEGINS in the body. Since the body is the accurate history of our experiences in life, it is essential that we include the body in the healing process.
Once the trauma is over, the body’s nervous system is designed to literally shake out this deep muscular tension and help the body return to its normal state. This shaking or tremoring, evoked by the nervous system much the same way as we experience during fear or anxiety, signals the brain to release the contraction and return to a normal state of relaxation.
Due to overemphasis on the mind, we have deadened this shaking mechanism so that it no longer reduces the muscular tension, causing us to continue carrying it in our bodies long after the trauma is over.
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I first got into yoga in 1998 while living in Phoenix AZ while also training for competitive cycling and doing a lot of hiking in the area. I worked as a fitness trainer and outdoor guide. Yoga was a great way to stretch out the muscle and joint stiffness while addressing some deep personal issues and calming my mind. I found that if I did a 3 hour trail run followed by a hot yoga session. I slept like a baby and my body was recovered and ready for more action the next day. This yoga stuff was great. I began implementing it into training sessions with my clients and they loved it as well.
In 2003 I became a certified yoga teacher and moved to Portland OR. A very active community Portland, but the cycling and hiking was very seasonal so I found myself spending more time on the yoga mat than outside on the bike hiking running. I spent that time going inward and iradicating anything that got in the way of my breathing and stretching. 8 years later and tired of the lack of sun I moved back to AZ where the outdoors were mine once again. I immediately returned to hiking and mt biking the rocky terrain that is northern AZ. 1 month in and I could barely walk. Plantar fasciitis, lower back stress and every joint in my body kept me from doing all the things I moved there for. I thought it was turning 40 that was making my body feel like a sack of potatoes. It took me a while to figure out that it was all that yoga and no impact sports that softened my body too much. My joints had lost their resiliency and function. It hurt my head every time a heal hit the ground.
As a yogi and athlete I’ve learned through this experience that when it comes to mind body physical exercise it is best to design your program to build body that will suit what you wish to do with it. If moving deep into your organism to prep it for meditation and enlightenment and nothing else other than your day to day modern societal function, then by all means practice yoga and meditate as your daily routine. But if you would like your body to be used for other stuff then do not neglect the conditioning required to maintain that activities function. Too much yoga can fuck an athlete up.
So I developed Mind Body Resilience Training (MBRT). It’s what I’m using to rebuild. Includes jumping jacks, squats, intense core work and fast twitch push ups. Followed by long-held asana (yoga poses) and meditation. It’s great for athletes as a compliment to sport, and great for the yogi who seeks function.
Check out the circuit portion here…
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Dear Robert. Congratulations on your new job as Head of Veteran Affairs. I’m hopeful that you’ll bring some effective solutions to the growing health epidemic that our veterans face today. As we all know, resolving the mental, physical and emotional damage that comes from war is long overdue. I’m writing you as a 15 year mind-body professional to let you know that what most of them are suffering from can indeed be resolved, quickly and substantially. Let me start by stating that the ptsd that these men and women are suffering from resides within the confines of their individual organisms. The mind is not so much in the brain as it is in the body itself. And that the human organism can be manipulated back to being healthy, just as it has been manipulated to being unhealthy. In other words all stress and trauma reside somewhere in the physical body, so can be removed on the physical level.
Allow me to explain. We are feeling beings. Everything we experience we do so through feelings and emotions within the body. And a lot of the time the negative feelings in the body, for whatever reason get stuck, and stuck feelings or emotions create stress in the tissue. The heavier negative feelings make their way to the central nervous system, creating trauma. Since the central nervous system is in direct communication with the brain, the brain picks up the signal and creates neurosis, now we have ptsd. I’m telling you this because every single bit of stress and trauma that accumulates in the organism can be discharged out of the organism with willful dedication and proper technique.
This is done by slowly and thoroughly, stretching into the tissue, breathing oxygen into the accumulated stress, facing the feelings and emotions that work their way to the surface of the mind and body, while allowing them to leave. This is called Yoga, and it’s been around for 5000 years. Hold on, it gets better. The central nervous system can also be accessed by opening the psoas muscle that is connected to the lower spine and triggering a tremoring in the organism that discharges trauma out of the CNS and brain. This is called Trauma Release Exercise.
Not only can we clean dis-ease out of our organism but we can also rebuild it to be resilient to stress and trauma. With a regular physical routine, healthy diet and meditation to calm our monkey minds.
Sure the pharmaceutical industry might not like it but covering up symptoms with other symptoms just doesn’t seem as effective as pulling the problem from the root. And it’s just as cost effective as it is a substantial solution to a huge problem.
Please, lets not waist any more time on expensive drawn out studies. Lets take care of the problem now!
Let me know when you’re ready to move on this
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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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