What is MBRT

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Mind Body Resilience Training or MBRT was designed as an efficient and thorough way to cleanse the body and mind of unhealthy patterns of stress, trauma  that get stored as memory within the human organism, typically creating some sort of dis-ease. While simultaneously conditioning the organism to be healthy, functional and resilient to stress, trauma and disease.  Eradicating pain and suffering within the physical, psychological and emotional body. MBRT strips all the fat off of a mind-body practice, and leaves only the tools necessary for transformation. There is no part of the body that this exercise cannot access. Including the depths of the central nervous system where, along with the brain, trauma is stored.We are emotional beings. We feel our experiences if life and we have a tendency to hold on to the hard times the most. This creates neurosis and disease. MBRT stretches open, shakes out and puts life and vitality and into every corner of the organism. Teaching all the awareness necessary for it, it leaves no stone unturned. This type of transformation may seem to many as too fast, but because of the strength, stability and resilience that the practice offers,  students are able to be safe and grounded during this transformation into what lies beneath all their stress. A spirit that’s just itching to get out.

                            MBRT uses the following five disciplines for the desired results…

1. Circuit for foundation, heat, circulation, strength, stamina, stability and functional movement.

2. Breath ControlAsana (yoga poses) for stability, balance, cleansing, concentration. All asana are done with regulated breathing and held to or close to fatigue. Because of the heat from the circuit the oxygen is efficiently circulated during asana. It’s this oxygen distribution that makes yoga work the way it does for so many today. Regulated breath work is an essential element. Proper breathing is where everything we do receives oxygen and all the oxygen we bring in goes into what we’re doing. Oxygen is life. In yoga it’s prana – life force. It’s the necessary physical replacement for toxins that will be forced to leave as enough oxygen is coming in. Focusing ones attention on regulated breathing we become calm and attentive to the present moment. Without emphasis on breath-control the practice will not work as intended. It’s this calm and aware state that we’re wanting to make the most common state of the students. By physically practicing this state during exercise that stir up and eradicate stored dis-ease, we are conditioning our organism to be in this state, which makes this state of calm and awareness substantial. However it is not necessary to regulate the breath during the circuit portion.

3. Trauma Release Exercise or TRE safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating to discharge the accumulated stress and trauma or PTSD within the nervous system and brain that accumulates from the fight, flight and freeze experience. Many people are living their lives with an unnecessary amount of PTSD merely because they have not physically discharged it out of the body. With TRE the nervous system and brain are encouraged to return back to a state of balance.

4. Meditation – For stillness of body and mind. Students are instructed to be completely still with eyes closed. When we’re able to overcome completely the temptation to fidget, we still the mind. Stopping the mind is mental health. Developing the ability to do this at will is the goal. Yoga is used to prepare the body for meditation.

5. Diet: plays an essential role in this kind of transformation. What we fuel our organism with determines in a big way what we become and how we perform. This is especially true when our body is extra receptive, as it is during this exercise. So how we fuel it is crucial. Students are encouraged to eat light, living food and clean water, 1 – 2 day fasting as well.  (a new study  conducted at the University of Southern California suggests that not only can prolong fasting help prevent immune system damage, but can produce hematopoietic stem cells which generates blood and cells in the immune system) Because food in our culture is such a prominent stimulant, withdrawing it from our life for even one day will typically bring up emotional and psychological anxiety that has never made it to the surface prior because of it being covered in food. Meditation is highly suggested during a fast to find calm and stillness so that we let these emotions and thoughts pass.

Modifications: There is nothing within the MBRT program that cannot be modified to suit specific needs such as injuries or weakness. For instance students with weak cardio vascular systems, the circuit can be left out or slowly implemented until the heart and lungs gain enough strength through the asana portion of the practice. And the asana poses can be held with less duration or depth for those with even less muscle strength and poor breath regulation while gradually increasing intensity. Students are encouraged to only do what they can with regulated breathing, and nothing less, while expanding their ability. It is imperative that students find their edge of healthy change with the entire practice. It’s important to discover the body’s intuition and to know how the process works so that they will know how to modify for best results.

How much transformation would you like?

If students are grounded enough and willing to take their transformation deeper and faster there are ways. But enter with caution. Students need to work at their own pace so to not get discouraged or injured. Below are some suggestions.

Extra Cardio:

Students that have enough endurance to exceed the MBRT cardio may include extra work. However we do not recommend extra weight training, as MBRT is intended to loosen up and clean out the organism. Staying aerobic rather than anaerobic is important.

Deep Tissue Massage, Rolfing

It’s all about releasing old muscle patterns in mind and body. If not the whole body then just the extra tight areas. Rolfing is deep.

Sauna Steam, Hot-Cold Therapy

Heating, sweating and loosening up is what it’s all about. But remember that the more we empty, the more essential the replacement becomes. So proper hydration and nutrients should be considered. Cold showers or cold plunge after steam or after the exercise will close cells shut and flush out toxins that would otherwise stick around. Hot – cold therapy also boosts the immune system, making the body more resilient and less prone to illness.

MBRT strips all the fat off of a mind-body practice, and leaves only the tools necessary for transformation. There is no part of the body that this exercise cannot access. It is putting oxygen and life into every corner of the organism to cleanse and awaken, while simultaneously conditioning the body to be highly functional and resilient to stress and hardship. It leaves no stone unturned. This type of transformation may seem to many as too fast but because of the strength, stability and resilience that the practice offers, the students are able to be safe and grounded during this quick transformation into being free from suffering.

MBRT was designed specifically for populations that have acquired heavy muscular patterns of stress and trauma. Incarcerated, military veterans, @ risk youth, addicts etc. However, anyone can benefit from this practice.

Implementation: The ideal implementation for MBRT in a rehabilitation scenario would be 30 days, 90 to 120 minutes Daily, 5 days a week. After the initial 30 days a difference in appearance will be apparent. The stillness of body and mind will be noticeable. students are then encouraged to maintain at least 3 times a week. However bodies and minds vary. Especially considering injuries. Students may need to continue five days a week until they reach the desired state. Then leveling off to 3 times a week to maintain. For the general public with moderate to minimal stress accumulation, 3 days a week will suffice for most

Please contact Nick if you are interested in Mind Body Resilience Training for your institution, company, group or yourself, or have any questions at all concerning MBRT.

503 515 7211


MBRT practice without TRE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5H7yiLF-kU

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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Too much yoga can mess an athlete up

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…

Nick Manci


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An Open Letter to new VA Head Robert McDonald

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 and unhealthy muscular patters, 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 a very long time. Hold on, it gets better. The central nervous system and brain 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. It’s completely safe and very effective.

 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! Our men and women returning from war have the potential to be great leaders within their families, communities and county now that their nervous systems are active and strong. We just need to simply discharge the unhealthy patterns of overload. I created Mind Body Resilience Training or MBRT specificaly for this.

 Let me know when you’re ready to move on this


Nick Manci



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Military And Veteran Suicide Rates Rise Despite Aggressive Prevention Efforts:

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Psoas: the muscle of the soul

Great article…

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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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Study: Mental Health Gains for Veterans Assisted By Nature

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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.”   article

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Mind Body Resilience Training

– 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 Practice:

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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My Daily Practice…

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.

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Rockit Yoga DVD Trailer

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One Breath Movies – Rockit Trailer

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