movement capacity & mental health

Your body is the way that you experience the world.  Although you might imagine that you can feel as others do, “putting yourself in their shoes,” ultimately, everything in your experience is driven by the information your body provides to you.  Our bodies are our mind’s proxy in the world. Through our five senses, weContinue reading “movement capacity & mental health”

resource yourself: my free habit tracker

One of the things I hear frequently from clients and students is how difficult it can be to maintain motivation, even when we know that a particular habit helps us to feel better. When the world feels chaotic and out of control, or our life circumstances change drastically, those habits seem less important as we’reContinue reading “resource yourself: my free habit tracker”

tolerating big mistakes

I’m reading David Epstein’s book “Range” this week– it’s a fantastic book that talks about how generalists, rather than specialists, are primed for success. I love the book because it tells us that those of us who are “frequent quitters” will end up with the most satisfying careers; that failing a test is the bestContinue reading “tolerating big mistakes”

“If you cannot be vulnerable in your training, you cannot reach your potential.”

This week’s blog is inspired by an Instagram post by one of my favorite gyms-that-I’ve-never-been-to, 13th Flow in Chicago. I’m not sure how I had the luck to find and start following them a few years ago, but their consistent messages of positive empowerment are a bright spot of inspiration in my feed. Let meContinue reading ““If you cannot be vulnerable in your training, you cannot reach your potential.””

in a “no excuses” world, let’s give ourselves permission

Scrolling through my fitness-heavy Instagram feed, I sometimes see “motivational” quotes like these: “Never miss a Monday!” “No excuses… work out at home using a throw pillow and a can of soup!” “The meal plan you need to finally lose those 10 pounds” This kind of “get your shit together” inspo has never worked forContinue reading “in a “no excuses” world, let’s give ourselves permission”

working WITH your stress response: three practices you can use to feel better now

In the past few weeks, we’ve explored how our brain handles stress and trauma; we’ve learned about polyvagal theory; and we’ve learned that simply understanding our body’s response to stress will help us to avoid its negative effects. Now, it’s time to dive into some physical practices we can use to move through a stressContinue reading “working WITH your stress response: three practices you can use to feel better now”

you & your wandering mind

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” -philosopher and psychologist William James What does it mean to agree to attend to experience? We have choice around what we will pay attention to; how we pay attention will shape our experience. The Buddha said, All experience is preceded by mind, Led by mind,Made by mind.SpeakContinue reading “you & your wandering mind”

it’s just your polyvagal pandemic response

This is part 2 of our series on working with the physiology of stress. You can read part one here. In my last post, we learned about the triune brain model and how each layer is responsible for different mental and physical functions. We learned that when we are faced with more stress than weContinue reading “it’s just your polyvagal pandemic response”