Yoga & Breath: Staying Safe with a Window of Tolerance
Recently I was in training for Level 3 Numa Somatics Conscious Breathwork. Every 6 months I have been taking a 5 day intensive learning new techniques & skill.
As defined by Trevor Yelich on his website https://www.numasomatics.com "A transformational practice that strategically weaves together the power of Conscious Breathwork, deep bodily unwindings of somatic movement explorations, mindful somatic psychotherapeutic investigations, and the medicinal vibrations of sound therapy. A psychosomatic therapeutic process, an insightful dive into non-ordinary states of consciousness, an exploration of the continuum of human experience, and a catalyst for resolving suffering."
In short, using breath, movement, sound, tuning forks & affirmations to release things you are holding to make space for a new way of being. I have found the techniques very profound & life changing in my own practice & am seeing amazing shifts happen with students I've had the pleasure to facilitate in this process.
Through my teachings of yoga, my intention has been for people to find a safe way to work through their challenges to find a new awareness of strength, freedom & stability. In the use of mindful movement, meditation, breath, sound & energy one can become their best self. This often requires working through old patterns of trauma, stress & resistance.
I am learning more & more ways how we can be own healers with assistance from a guide like myself. That we can't just do it alone, but need the support of another at times. I also learned while we are doing this work it is important to stay in our Window of Tolerance. This can be defined as "a zone of optimal arousal, not too high and not too low, within which we can adaptively and flexibly process stimuli, including thoughts, emotions and physical reactions, without becoming overwhelmed or numb." (Siegel, 1999)
Much of what I teach in yoga is about learning self-regulation techniques to stay in the safe place while we are working through things. A way Trevor Yelich puts it, it's like having a bank account full of ways to help ourselves when times get tough. The more you practice, the more you add to this bank account so when you need to use it in times of difficulty & stress, you have lots to draw upon & lots left over for the next time.
I am now ready to share what I've learned with anyone who would like to be curious & explore ways to come back to your True Nature. The session can be done in your home, or at YogaMcc who generously allows me to use their space. You can go to https://www.acyoga.net/book-online to book a time, which I will then contact you directly to finalize the exact time & location that will work for us both.
I need 5 sessions in the next 6 months that are for free or by donation, as part of my practicum for Level 3 Numa Somatics training. Each session is 1.5-2 hrs in length. The intention is to practice the new techniques I have learned as part of a personalized Conscious Breathwork session with you.
If you are new to this work, the first session is always free, so you can experience what I do. After that, the fee is $95 + gst/session.
For more info regarding Numa Breathwork sessions, please go to https://www.acyoga.net/classes for a detailed description, or contact me directly.
I am so excited to share with you all I have learned. I will be sharing some of the techniques with you in my group classes this week & next, so hope to see you there.
Anne Cox E-RYT 500