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Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
“Regulation is the ability to mindfully resource a moment in order to stay attuned, present, and engaged in what is actually happening in the relational spaces ‘inside, outside, and in between.’ It is staying connected, even when there is pressure to disconnection.
The dependency paradox is that our richest independence only grows from the lush nutrients of interdependence. In the language of neuroscience and and attachment theory, we need safe, secure, and stable co-regulating relationships in order to develop self-regulation. In the language of the Wisdom Traditions, we belong to each other.”
—Shannon Michael Pater
The September Series is now available for pre-registration. Materials will start to be posted by 1 September.
Thursdays Sept 8, 15, 22 & 29
9:00pm EDT — 8:00pm CDT — 7:00pm MDT — 6:00pm PDT
Notice the Journey (NTJ) Yoga is a community centered on establishing, cultivating, and repairing a sense of safety, connection, and social engagement within one's Self and with others, Spirit, and the Earth.
It is a safe and brave space to work on self-regulation and co-regulation, to repair the ruptures and residues of trauma and stress. Below are some of the means we'll use.
The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj" meaning "to join" or "to yoke." It is a philosophy, a way of seeing and being in the world, that originated in India. It is not a flexy-bendy exercise program. In the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, an early text on yoga philosophy, there are very few postures and they are primarily about preparing to sit in meditation for long periods of time.
Let me clearly state again: this is not a physical exercise class. Any movement that we do can be done in a chair or even laying on the floor.
Come back into deep connection, to a renewed relationship within yourself and with others, Spirit, and the Earth.
Learn skills and practices to increase self-regulation and enhance co-regulation with others.
Be equipped with a "gracious plenty" of resources to make the practice your own and achieve your goals of health, growth, and restoration.
Supported Savasana is a special practice I’ve developed over many years to facilitate deep relaxation and restore regulation. It’s a blend of yoga nidra, Āyurveda, mindfulness techniques, traumatology, research on relaxation, and principles of applied polyvagal theory. It is and has been a part of my personal home practice for many years.
Each session will include a +25-minute pre-recorded Supported Savasana. The recording has gentle background music (used with permission of the artist) and my voice.
You do Supported Savasana in as comfortable and supported position as possible, usually supine (laying down). I’ll guide you through a body scan, a series of relaxation techniques, and simple breathing practices. “In the middle,” I bring themes from the session. The hope is, while you are deeply relaxed you are able to “lay goodness and restoration down” in your nervous system.
I’m intentionally utilizing a “community supported” fee structure. So, you select your contribution level for each series:
If you need additional scholarship support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Please do not let finances be the barrier to your participation.
Each series (usually 4 weeks) will have a theme (sometimes strongly connected, sometimes gently held) and each session will have a poem or passage for reflection and discussion. Poetry and passage meditation can help to steady and center the wondering mind. The gift of the poet is to turn a phrase that changes your perception, usually to bring into focus what you already know.
In yoga and Āyurveda, prāna is the vital life force; without it, life ceases. It is primarily taken in and animates our bodies through our breath. Prānāyāma is the interaction and control of that life force, generally through breathing practices. From a polyvagal perspective, breathing exercises are a "neural exercise" (Stephen Porges) that helps us to regulate our nervous system.
First proposed by Stephen Porges, polyvagal theory is the neuroscience of safety, connection, and social engagement. Deb Dana, the leading therapeutic translator of Stephen's work, calls it "the science of feeling safe enough to fall in love with life and take the risks of living." Each gathering will be structured through a "polyvagal lens" and have exercises to support health, growth, and restoration.
The practice is highly personal and I encourage approaching each session with curiosity about the experience you are actually having in the moment. The practice can vary significantly from session to session.
It is so worth the time to assemble your pops and supplies, to set your space, and to attend to your comfort. Here are a few basic "set up" suggestions:
All these are only suggestions. As ever, make the practice your own.
Here are a few cautions I commonly say:
What I mean is that any of these “supportive” practices can very easily activate the very trauma that you are using them to alleviate. This is not at all uncommon — it is very important to know this caution and to normalize the activation, if it happens.
Knowing this can decrease shame. Nothing is wrong with you.
Knowing this can actually help you “meet the moment” by strengthening your Window of Tolerance AND knowing when to end a practice.
Knowing this can help foster a contemplative curiosity that makes space for creative modifications.
Here’s a little more guidance:
Please remember, all the permission you need comes from within you; you don’t need my permission for anything other than copyrights (grin).