mind body resilience training
In response to threat, the organism can fight, flee or freeze. These response exist as part of the natural, instinctual defense system. When fight and flight responses are thwarted, the organism instinctively constricts as it moves towards its last option, the freezing response, As it constricts, the energy that would have been discharged by executing the fight or flight stategies is amplified and bound up in the nervous system. In this emotional and anxious state, the now-frustrated fight response erupts into rage; the frustrated flight response gives way to helplessness. The individual who has moved into the stage characterized by rage or helplessness still has the potential to move abruptly back into a frantic flight response or a raging counter-attack. If the organism is able to discharge the energy by fleeing or defending itself and thus resolve the threat, trauma will not occur.
Another possible scenario is that constriction will continue until the rage, terror and helplessness have built up to a level of activation that overwhelms the nervous system. At this point immobility will take over and the individual will either freeze or collapse. What happens then is that the intense, frozen energy, instead of discharging, gets bound up with the overwhelming, highly activated, emotional states of terror, rage and helplessness.
- 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, organelles, 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
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.
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 either exhilarating or damaging depending on the state of consciousness and condition of the organism carrying it, It now becomes relative. 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 begin…
1. Harm or injury to property or a person, resulting in loss of value or the impairment of usefulness.
“Tremoring is the organism’s natural way of discharging the trauma”
Breathing and stretching into the organism with regulation and control. followed by physical induced tremoring begins the process of repairing the damage.This purely physical practice allows for a breaking down of the stress and a discharging of the trauna. Once enough dis-ease free space is created the restructuring of the organism begins to happen simultaneously. At whatever degree of intensity this occurs is up to the individual. This is followed by meditation, bringing the mind to stillness/rest. Which is a whole lot easier to do after the physical practice. Being in this space is the goal. Remaining there is the challenge. Making more of it helps. There is always of course a limit to how far this physical process can go. But there seems to be no limit to how genuinely happy one can be. All we have to do is condition the organism in a way that creates space for it…always making space for it!
But in order to make space we have to face what’s in the way. 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. This is where we practice. Our edge. Never going over it.
There are only a handful of components that make up the process.
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.
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. Thus breaking down and eradicating all blockage, bringing the body back to a natural balance where all the systems of the organism are working in harmony. This transformation occurs on physical, h.
This particular physical practice allows for a breaking down and a restructuring of the organism to happen simultaneously. Thus putting the organism in a more healthy and happier state.
the idea is to first turn the body into a life pumping organism. This is done with the 3 locks in the body, regulated breathing/self-regulation and functional positioning and movement or alignment of the spine and limbs.
v. stretched, stretch·ing, stretch·es
1. To lengthen, widen, or distend.
2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space.
3. To extend (oneself or one’s limbs, for example) to full length.
We stretch to open up, we breathe to fill in. When we do this at our edge there is a breaking down and opening up taking place – The breath however, must prosper.
1. The state, property, or quality of being strong.
2. The power to resist attack; impregnability.
3. The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
4. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
5. Capacity or potential for effective action: a show of strength.
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. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy.
2. The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity.
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 moving up and down from the the toes in a standing position to jumping jacks. Again, as long as an organism does not close up as a result of the action then ease remains while resilience is increased. The resilience of the immune system is able to be increased as well. With diet and hot-cold therapy playing a large role in the process.
1. A shaking or vibrating movement, as of the earth.
2. A trembling or quivering effect: a tremor of aspen leaves.
3. An involuntary trembling or quivering, as from nervous agitation or weakness.
4. A nervous quiver or thrill: felt a tremor of joy.
5. A state or feeling of nervous agitation or tension.
6. A tremulous sound; a quaver.
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. The shaking usually begins in the hips while lying on the back and travels throughout the body. There is always the possibility, as in the entire practice, of too much too soon. This is where self-regulation comes in.
Meditation Is 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.
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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