At the end of August, I had the pleasure and advantage of attending the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved conference in Chicago. It was encouraging and inspiring to say the least, and I wanted to share a highlight: A presentation given by Patricia Rush, MD, in reference to the way the brain is constructed and deals with information (as specific to trauma in her work). The brain controls the body, so this directly applies to our yoga practices.
The yoga I teach in a nutshell: A time and place to unify your body, mind, life experiences, and spirit into safe and applicable movement and stillness for you, as they exist today.
Hello readers! If you’re just jumping in, I’m taking a course this fall on mindfulness at The Marsh in Minnetonka, MN, and I’m dedicating my yoga blog to document and share my experience through the middle of November. I had to miss the majority of class 5, due to a work obligation that was unavoidable. […]
I went to the bank today, and ended up chatting with the teller about yoga. He told me he once went to a class without too much thought about it, and was surprised at how different it was than he was expecting. I was reminded of the first two months that I practiced yoga. I remember […]
Well, I’m fresh off of a certification training with the incredible and knowledgable Laurel Van Matre, owner of YOGA Garden MPLS, which is a big part of why I have not been blogging as often. My brain is full of a host of topics to expand upon here, and to my students… And though I […]
Hi folks! Well, the sun is shiiiiiiiining in Minneapolis after a week of rain. If you have any kind of seasonal allergies, this is prime time for feeling like poo. Having allergies sucks. It is literally your body attacking itself in order to try to get rid of the thing you’re allergic to, and that’s preeeeeetty […]
This is a re-post from an emailer I sent out last week:
A few weeks ago a student of mine told me about something called the Prison Yoga Project, and how she had become obsessed with it. Yesterday I took some time to look at the website, look up the founder, and read a little about what the project is, and why its working for inmates. The physiological effects of stress on the body are intrinsically connected the mind, which is true for us all… and I got a little obsessed with the ideology behind the project, and how it applies to everyone in varying degrees.
“Most prisoners suffer from Complex Trauma, chronic interpersonal trauma experienced early in life such as abandonment, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, discrimination, drug and alcohol abuse, and witnessing crime – including murder. We call this “original pain.” These experiences, imprinted by the terrifying emotions that accompany them, are held deeply in the mind, and perhaps more importantly, in the body, with the dissociative effects of impulsive/reactive behavior, and tendencies toward drug and alcohol addiction as well as violence. Carrying unresolved trauma into their lives impacts everything they do, often landing them in prison, where they experience even more trauma…
First things first: you are the only one who can tell what you are feeling. Whether or not you are struggling. Whether or not the habits and routines and people in your life are actually helping you or not. So as you read this, please use your intelligent if somewhat stressed and over-taxed brain to determine whether or not these sentences are true for YOU.