When the body goes into “stress mode,” we lose the ability to think clearly. Ever tried to do math while being chased by a lion?
Kidding aside, the brain under stress is really good at staying alive, but not so good at focusing on what brings greater joy, meaning and connection. To get out of stress mode and back into rest and play mode, this video offers some simple practices and a framework for understanding why movement, even small and frankly silly movements, can be powerful medicine for shifting gears and building resilience.
As you’re getting ready for the Burn this year, remember that you’re about to do something incredibly stressful. Your skin takes a hit. Your lungs take a hit. Your brain (even if you aren’t using mind-altering substances) takes a big hit, from the stress of adapting to the climate and the stress of adapting to the very different culture! These practices are a great way to build into your body some extra resilience, so you can bounce back faster, get yourself out of the stress response quickly, and build a big reserve, to better handle the intensity of being there and returning.
This wave exercise moves your spine side to side. This lateral movement emulates the movements of fish and reptiles, and can free up your neurology to feel more comfortable taking up space. If you’re going to be a star, you have to let yourself shine bright! Try it out!
This video goes through some of the basic concepts that underlie my posture work, and also gives you a movement to practice that will help you disrupt problem posture, and train your brain to come out of self-defense and habitual guarding. Check it out!