6 ways that movement helps support mental health

(There are definitely more, but 6 is a nice number to start with!) Endorphins. Movement releases “feel-good” hormones like seratonin, endorphins, dopamine & norepinephrine (adrenaline). You really can get a natural high. If you’re moving in synchronicity with other people, socializing, or outdoors, you may get an additional dose of these! Improves the mind-body connection.Continue reading “6 ways that movement helps support mental health”

tension holds us together

What do you feel when you read the word “tension?” When we speak or hear about tension in the context of a yoga class or a massage treatment, we might think of tension as something to be eradicated, soothed away, released, dissolved. We’re encouraged to smooth our forehead, relax our jaw, soften our shoulders. TheContinue reading “tension holds us together”

the frustration is a good thing

So, you’ve decided you want to make a change. Maybe you’re working on recognizing and changing a bias you carry. Or you’re trying to use learn a new skills, like Indian clubs (see video below). Or you want to start using your non-dominant hand for more activities. How long does it take before you feelContinue reading “the frustration is a good thing”

balancing the allostatic load

One of the things that brings me joy, that makes me feel alive, powerful, and free, is physical training. I love to sweat, to move, to swing heavy things. It helps me to complete the stress cycle, reinforces my sense of agency and strength, and (because I am often outside), gives me a chance toContinue reading “balancing the allostatic load”

your nervous system needs your support

Have you ever finished a long day of work sitting at a desk, and felt like you were too tired to move- even though you barely moved your body all day? Do you struggle to stick with a “workout” program because it always ends in burnout or injury? Have you ever tried to sit downContinue reading “your nervous system needs your support”

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”

your stress response is your superpower!

This is the third part of our exploration of the physiology of stress. You can read the first part (exploring the brain) here, and the second part (diving into the polyvagal response) here. Our final entry will explore physical ways to work with the stress response. When heaven is about to confer a great responsibilityContinue reading “your stress response is your superpower!”

this is your brain on pandemic

Should I reorganize that closet or start a new career? Screw it, I’m going to eat these oatmeal creme pies. Like me, I’m sure you’e seen a lot of suggestions about how to best handle the maelstrom of emotions that come from living through a pandemic. Grief, fear, anger, depression, boredom, guilt– these are allContinue reading “this is your brain on pandemic”