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  • August24th

    Neuroscience has shown that we can train our brain to create a new mind/body map with the choices we make on how we mitigate stress and subsequently grow a new brain. In order to make such choices and shifts in our neurology, we need to feel safe and empowered to down-regulate and re-calibrate our nervous system to build new neural grooves in our mind/body map based on present moment experiences. A mind/body map is like a network or a road map navigating neural grooves created, mainly unconsciously, each time our awareness centers are heightened. Donald Hebb, a Canadian neuropsychologist who in 1949 wrote Hebb’s Law coining the phrase,

    Neurons that fire together wire together.

     

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    In essence, this means that every experience we have is embedded into our brain and body through a network of neurons. With heightened awareness, the neurons fire together to wire that experience. Through repeated experiences, these neurons create neural grooves that reinforce our perception of the experience and strengthen the network or map of that experience. This is how we learn a new activity like riding a bike by recalling the memory from the day before to program our mind/body map to remember how to ride the bike. And this is also how we learn to remember a perceived threat like almost getting bit by a rattle snake when walking on a hiking trail and subsequently looking for a rattle snake on every trail on which we are hiking after that moment. In both situations, our awareness centers are heightened, hormones of action and attention have been released, and our neurons are primed to map to a new experience.

    When we  choose to map to fear by, sometimes unconsciously, calling up the memory stored in our hippocampus, we engage our limbic system and continue to look for the rattle snake on each hiking trail. When we choose to map to novelty by remaining in the WOW (Wide Open Wonder) of the moment, we engage the prefrontal cortex by illuminating our awareness centers in the wonder which releases hormones and neurotransmitters to prime our neural pathways for learning a new experience. We may even reflect on: “I wonder how this experience will unfold?”

    These 3 empowering practices can be experienced anytime, anywhere to down-regulate your limbic system and train your brain to simply let go of the know and be in the WOW! (Wide Open Wonder).

     

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    1)Down-Regulate the Limbic System:

    We need to feel safe in order to remember we can choose to respond rather than react to an experience. When we are running from a predator or a stress-filled situation, it is challenging for us to remember we have any other option other than continuing to run for our life. When we begin to self-regulate our internal pressure by down-regulating our limbic system, we turn on our inner compass of innate intelligence from which to navigate our life.

    Just like a barometer detecting the change in atmospheric pressure, our bodies detect change in both our internal and external pressure. Often times this pressure goes undetected until we get triggered and an old experience is uploaded to respond to a present moment situation. This accumulated, unresolved internal pressure spikes a response from the limbic system which often results in distress in the mind and disease in the body.

    Practice #1:

    Slow Down:  Slowing down heightens our awareness centers into the experience of the moment to detect sensations of tension, constriction or pressure in and around us. Simply by noticing our inner environment, we begin to down-regulate our nervous system and navigate from our inner compass of awareness. Take several slow effortless breaths right now and perhaps you will notice an awareness that is unfolding as you begin to soften into the frame of present moment awareness. What do you sense in your lungs as you slow your breath? What is your body, as a barometer, detecting as far as pressure in your system? How does this internal pressure respond to slowing down? What do you notice about the speed at which your thoughts are moving as you slow down your breathing? When we consciously slow down our breath, our movements or our thoughts, our whole system begins to slow down. As I like to share with my clients, slow motion cuts through commotion. Try walking slowly through your office space with an an efficiently laid back attitude rather than one of self-inflicted urgency. What do you notice to your inner barometer? As we slow down throughout our day, we begin to respond rather than react to each moment. In slowing down, the nervous system realizes there is nothing urgent in the moment to flee from or fight against. This self-realization takes us out of the flight/fight/freeze pattern reducing resources being sent to the limbic system and re-routing them to the prefrontal cortex area of higher executive functioning like empathy, compassion, patience, and awareness. We then begin to allow life to happen through us rather than to us.

    2) Recalibrate into the Moment:

    Once we down-regulate our limbic system, we can recalibrate into the present moment experience by shaking off any residue from the spike of our limbic system. As we know, the limbic system responds to the seemingly life-threatening situation of self-inflicted urgency or resistance by releasing stress and flight/fight hormones of adrenaline (epinephrine), norepinephrine and cortisol into the body. These hormones are released due to the activation of our alarm centers which begins the process of stinting blood flow from our vital organs and midline and directing it to our extremities and large muscle groups to prepare us to flee or fight. If we do not actively release this residue, it can take anywhere from hours to days to years to fully release these unused hormones from our system. Just as you have seen wild animals in nature, or even your favorite pet after an altercation, shake it off, this simple practice helps to release any residue and re-set the nervous system.

    Practice #2:

    Shake it Off! : This simple practice can be done in the moment of a stress-filled situation by flicking your fingertips and shaking off your hands as you are experiencing stress or a perceived threat. This practice can also be done in the privacy of your car or home to really shake off wildly your entire body from trilling your lips (like a horse) to shaking every part of your body while feeling the stress and residue flying off and out of your body. After experiencing this practice several times, you may even notice your body automatically and sometimes uncontrollably shaking on it’s own to release trauma and stress once your limbic system is down-regulated and your parasympathetic nervous system of rest and digest comes back online. This energy can be allowed to move through you like a wave that rises and falls without having to know what you are releasing or why you are shaking. Stay in the present moment of what you are experiencing without judgement or filters. Feel your body softening and surrendering to the release.

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    When we learn to release internal pressure and let go of residue from past-experiences as it arises, we recalibrate in the moment and begin navigating our life from a place of present moment awareness rather re-charging a past experience through prediction and projection. We are now choosing to create a mind/body map based on present moment experience.

    3) Install and Integrate:

    We can begin shifting our neurobiology in each moment by integrating these practices and installing them into our daily life. Simply by shifting your awareness through your Body Current, the abiding circuit or pulse of innate wisdom and learned higher intelligence between the mind/body/spirit, new neural pathways are formed. The language of communication of the Body Current is through the experience of sensation and practice of self-realization. Both of which stimulate our prefrontal cortex. During times when we are processing the present moment exclusively through our cognitive field of thought as the master of the moment determining what we know will happen, based in prediction or projection, our limbic system is activated and our abiding Body Current® intelligence becomes momentarily “clouded” in a fog. When we choose to navigate and translate the present moment through this field of Wide Open Wonder, we integrate our experience of the present moment through our body wisdom and into our neurobiology creating new neurons of WOW to fire and wire together.

    It’s important to remember that the innate intelligence of your Body Current® does not need to be learned or attained, we gain access and insight to this abiding intelligence simply by expanding our awareness, acceptance and allowing of the present moment through the field of sensation and self-reflection. 

    Practice #3:

    Body Current® Practices of Integration & Empowerment:

    *Awareness: What are you AWARE of in this moment through the field of sensation within your body (interoception), your thought world (introspection), and your physical space and surroundings (proprioception)?

    *Acceptance: Can you unconditionally ACCEPT all that is showing up and moving through your field of attention and awareness? If not, what can you let go of in the moment to self-regulate?

    *Allowing: Are you ALLOWING for the experience to happen through you with Wide Open Wonder (WOW) as the witness ? Perhaps wondering, “Wow, isn’t this interesting? I wonder how this will turn out?”

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    Why this works:

    For those of you who enjoy the left brain candy of reasoning and research as to why this works continue reading. For those of you who feel safe in not needing to know the whys and hows, but are simply willing to try something new expanding beyond the patterns and conditioning of your comfort zone, you are invited to stop reading here and continue these practices to gather your own personal experiences through your Body Current intelligence.

    We have two hippocampi, one in the left and one in the right hemispheres of our brain. This part of our brain plays an important role in converting short-term memories to long-term memories as well as spatial navigation. When the mind perceives or predicts a threat or stress-filled situation, the hippocampus uploads a memory which triggers a familiar mind/body map from a past real “life threatening” experience or it predicts a future anxiety-producing possible experience of gloom and doom.

    Our awareness centers are lit up due to this perceived threat despite it not being real. Our amygdala, the part of our limbic system that is linked to emotions, anger and aggression, functions to secrete threat hormones, control fear responses and create emotional memories by communicating with the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands to release the stress and flight/fight hormones of adrenaline (epinephrine), norepinephrine and cortisol into the body. In this perceived threat, our alarm centers are activated and the blood is stinted from our vital organs and midline to our extremities and large muscle groups. Our body is preparing to flee the perceived or predicted stressful situation despite it not being real.

    Simply by slowing down and shifting our focus from the commentary of our mind telling us how it’s going to unfold to the expression of our body’s experience of how the moment is actually unfolding, we begin to down-regulate our limbic system and empower the body’s wisdom to navigate from our inner compass detecting internal pressure similar to a barometer detecting external atmospheric pressure.

    With these simple and potent practices, we learn to resolve stress in the moment rather than reacting to the moment based on fear and allowing stress to build up. That is why these tools are applicable to life.  We use life’s happenings to resolve old conditioning and grow a new brain, literally.  The moment begins to unfold through us like a wave rather than the focus being on what we know has happened to us or is going to happen to us. As we consciously down-regulate our limbic system, recalibrate into the moment through opening our awareness centers which heightens our attention releasing neurotransmitters primed for neuroplasticity, we light up and bring online our prefrontal cortex, the grey matter of our brain where new mind/body maps of higher functioning (empathy, compassion, fairness, presence freedom) can form to create a new neural groove. Over time, old conditioned patterns that are not reinforced literally get pruned away in the brain while other branches form new neural networks together to grow a new map in the brain.

    Don’t over think this! These practices are simple and highly effective. Integrate them with compassion into your daily life.  Enjoy the ride.

     

    Shanti Medina Body Current

    Shanti Medina, RYT CNSF CPT created the Body Current® modality after over 15 years designing personalized therapeutic, fitness and integrated mind/body programs for her clients. This revolutionary system of self-realization and transformation simply and gently releases trauma, suffering and conditioned patterns embedded in the mind/body map and cellular intelligence. These highly effective practices of self-directed neuroplasticity support the practitioner in taking responsibility to somatically let go of their past or future fears by self-reguating their nervous system and literally growing new neural pathways to engage and map to their innate wisdom through radical present moment experience. Shanti guides Body Current® and Neurosculpting® classes and retreats and instructs 500HR yoga therapy certifications. She and her husband, Scott Medina, created SoMAntra®, an embodied kirtan experience combining their love of Bhakti yoga, the neuroscience of mantra and the somatic neuromuscular Body Current® practices. Their very popular sacred sound workshops, ecstatic community kirtans, and inspiring retreats offer a sweet and deep dive into the vibration where the soma, or body, and mantra are one. Shanti is also the Marketing Director of the national non-profit, Give Back Yoga Foundation. She lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in Boulder, CO. To find out more about Shanti and her Body Current® modality visit: EnergizeShanti.com

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  • April20th

    Cellular Living from the Inside Out

    Did you know slow motion cuts through commotion? Simply by slowing our breathing, our movements or our thoughts, we slow down our brain waves, fuel the Prefrontal Cortex of the brain and regulate the flight, fight and freeze center of the limbic system creating a fertile ground for neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, refers to changes in neural pathways and brain synapses which result from changes in our behavior, our environment and our neural processes, as well as neuromuscular changes resulting from physical or traumatic brain injuries.

     At a time not too long ago, the medical community believed the adult brain was a static organ with change occurring only in the reduction of brain cells as we age. It has now been proven that our brain is “plastic” and we can grow and train our brain by the choices we make.  We can actually prune back old conditioning and trauma patterns simply by slowing down in the present moment to pay focused attention to our thoughts and actions rather than reacting to past conditioning or predicting a specific outcome.

    With open awareness, child-like wonder and acceptance of what is showing up in the moment, we influence the neural activity of our brain by stimulating new neural excitement to form new pathways.  This allows for a shift in our conditioning within the innate current of mind/body intelligence.

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    The Body Current® modality is a revolutionary empowering system of body-centered awareness that goes deep to release stress and trauma quickly. It infuses simple and transformative yoga therapy and nueuromuscular exercises along with scientifically proven mindfulness practices of awareness, acceptance and allowing through the field of sensory perception.  These highly accessible and transformative practices have proven to mitigate stress, eliminate chronic pain, heal systemic disorders and align the mind, body, and spirit by engaging in the current of innate, somatic wisdom.

    Try this exercise below to experience your Body Current® intelligence and begin shifting your neurology.

    Body Current® Intelligence Exercise:

     Give yourself permission to fully experience this exercise. This is profoundly simple, yet the most important aspect of turning on and listening to your Body Current® intelligence. With earnestness and intention, you give yourself permission to shift conditioning and perceived limitations.

     Awareness: What are you aware of in this moment through the field of sensory perception?  What do you taste, see and feel? What smells are you aware of in the moment? Slow down your breathing to more fully take in this awareness.  Choose one sensation at a time to fully experience with child-like wonder and notice how your field of awareness expands.

    Acceptance: Without judgement, resistance or predicting, can you fully accept all that is showing up in each moment?  If thoughts come, notice them and accept them but do not follow them or go into the story behind the thoughts.  If the sensation of pain shows up, accept that sensation without labeling it or attaching it to a past event or experience.  Become aware of how the sensations and thoughts are impermanent simply showing up like a wave in the frame of the present moment.  Meet each thought and sensation with a field of open awareness and acceptance. Notice what remains as the sensations and thoughts come through the frame of the present moment awareness. Continue to take slow, deep breaths as you accept all that comes through your awareness.

    Allowing:  Allow for a shift to occur as you experience this moment for the very first time with fresh eyes and open, accepting awareness.  Often times this allowing is very subtle.  Notice any thoughts and actions that come up that are not allowing.  Can you find some gratitude in what you are experiencing?  Practice self-compassion and continue slow breathing as you notice any perceived limitations arising. Continue to practice acceptance and deep awareness with all that is expressing through the moment.

    This empowering exercise can also be done by slowing down our movements along with our breathing. Try this practice while walking in nature, washing dishes, standing in line at the grocery store or even when you find yourself being triggered by a life event.  

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    A moment of awareness occurs in a split second leading to our innate Body Current® intelligence coming online. With this activation, we begin to reprogram old conditioning and lay down new neural grooves or pathways.  With a daily practice of deep awareness, acceptance and allowing, we begin to invite the innate Body Current® intelligence to guide our actions and choices leading to neuroplasticity and an overall sense of well-being and sustaining health. 

     Enjoy and let me know how it goes!

    Shanti 

     Shanti Medina Body Current
    Shanti Medina, RYT CNSF CPT created the Body Current® modality after over 15 years designing personal therapy and transformation programs for clients infusing simple and highly effective yoga therapy and nueuromuscular exercises with the mindfulness practices of awareness, acceptance and allowing.  These highly accessible and transformative practices have proven to mitigate stress, eliminate chronic pain, heal systemic disorders and align the mind, body, and spirit by engaging in the current of innate, somatic wisdom. To find out more about Shanti and the Body Current® modality visit: http://www.EnergizeShanti.com

  • April15th

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    It’s no surprise that recent psychological studies and neuroscience research have shown that humming a happy tune can impact our health and well-being. Take 30-60 seconds right now to hum your favorite tune or simply hum any sound that naturally comes through you.  Hum loud our soft with your lips closed and jaw relaxed.  Notice where you are feeling this vibration in your body.  Relax into the sensations you are experiencing. When you finish, take a few moments to become aware of the vibration that resonates within you even after the humming sound has stopped.

    How do you feel?  You may notice a sense of calm coming over you.  You may even begin to yawn as your parasympathetic nervous system comes online with a relaxation response.

    Good, good, good vibrations for depression

    The International Journal of Yoga has reported from a recent study of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) with ‘OM’ chanting, which ends on a long vibrating humming sound, a significant deactivation of activity in certain areas of the brain associated with depression.

    The researchers found that the vibrations from ‘OM’ chanting stimulate the vagus nerve, which then sends out neurotransmitters and electrical signals that reduce activity to key areas of the brain like the amygdala, associated with our flight/fight/freeze response.  In addition, the increased oxygenation of the blood from the vibration facilitates feelings of relaxation and release in the muscles and structure of the body.  In my private work, I have experienced clients reducing and even eliminating chronic pain due to humming along with their daily Body Current®  routine.

    Humming has also been shown to reduce hypertension

    One study that involved participants humming “O-U-Mmma” for only 5 minutes experienced a significant drop in blood pressure, particularly the diastolic pressure as well as a slight decrease in heart rate.  The activity in this study was part of a yogic breathing exercise called Bhramari Pranayam.

    Buzzing Bee Breathing Practice (Bhramari Pranayam):

    This is a potent humming breathing practice that relaxes the autonomic nervous system.  This can be practice daily or only several times a week.

    ● Sit in a chair with your spine aligned or lay on the earth with a pillow under your knees or in Constructive Rest with your knees bent and resting in toward one another.   Allow your eyes to close. Relax any tension in your body.  You can choose to put your thumbs in your ears and fingers across your eyes, if you wish.  Keep your shoulders relaxed.  

    ● Keep your lips gently closed throughout the practice, but allow your tongue to rest gently behind your top row of teeth. Open and relax the jaw and back of the throat.

    ● Simply make a sound like a buzzing bee, as you exhale through the nostrils, allowing your belly button to come into your spine.  Extend the hum with the exhale as long as possible without strain.

    ● Notice the vibration in your throat, your cranium, your cheeks, and your heart. You will hear the sound from within.  What sensations are you feeling?

    ● Slowly inhale through the nose leaving the lips closed, and allowing the lower ribs to flare out slightly as you expand with your breath. Inhale as deeply as you can without creating strain.  Keep your shoulders relaxed.  Again, be aware of the sensations you feel and listen to the sound you hear.

    Enjoy! Repeat for as little as 30 seconds and up to two minutes.  Take a few moments to notice how you feel after each practice and see if you can still hear the vibration resounding within you.  Let me know what you experience!

    Happy Humming!

    Shanti 

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  • November26th

    HeartofGratitudeWhat is your body grateful for in this moment?  Do you see or sense a color or symbol associated with your gratitude? Perhaps there is a particular taste of your gratitude coming through the tip of your tongue or the back of your throat?  

     Embodying our gratitude takes slowing down and tuning in to fully be present giving permission to experience the moment through the body as a barometer mapping out our gratitude one sensation at a time. This is very different than having a thought or reflection of gratitude.  This is BEing your gratitude.  A thought can be very powerful and even trigger sensations in the body, but shifting our focus to receiving gratitude through our sensory perception invites us to fully embody in the moment that for which we are grateful.

     Below you will find a quick and simple practice you can do anytime anywhere to invite an attitude of embodied gratitude into your moment.  I developed this personal practice of embodied gratitude when a family member was recently struggling with a life-threatening illness. It helped me to authentically embody gratitude even when life situations and the commentary of my mind couldn’t find any “thing” to be gratitude for in the moment.  It was very powerful for me and I hope it serves you.   

     Embodied Gratitude Practice:

     It’s important to remember there is nothing to attain here or anything to achieve or gain.  You are simply noticing what is already naturally happening as you experience gratitude in present moment time through the communication of sensation in your Body Current®, the wave-like abiding intelligence unique to you.  You can do this practice anywhere at anytime.

     1) Begin to slow down and expand each breath without counting or predicting the length of your breath.  Simply feel a slowing down and expansion of your breathing.  Perhaps you notice a softening into the moment as your explore the sensations of your breath. Take a few moments to rest your awareness here.

     2) Notice your inhale filling your heart center perhaps feeling the expansion as the breath is embodied or hearing the breath slowly fill your heart.  Notice any sensation of ease, peace or gratitude arising in the heart.  You can even ask your heart, “What are you grateful for in this moment?” remembering the body communicates in the language of sensation.  What do you see, taste, hear, smell or feel as you inhale the sense of gratitude into your heart?

    3) Exhale gently notice any tension, stress or resistance around your heart center. Slowly expand your exhale letting the sensations of tightness and constriction release out of your heart, down your arms and out your fingertips as you complete your exhale.  What do you see, taste, hear, smell or feel as you release and let go of stress and tension with the exhale? You can even flick your fingertips for extra release if you wish.  Follow with the embodied inhale detailed in #2.

     4) Repeat this practice as long as you wish. You may want to journal afterward to remember your experience of embodied gratitude.  This is a nice practice to begin and end your day.  Enjoy!

  • November5th

    What is AWAKE and FULLY ALIVE in unique YOU? Can you feel, taste, smell, see, and hear the rawness of this very moment through YOUR Body Current‘s communication of sensation? You have all the answers within just waiting to be seen and heard. Are you willing to soften into the sensation to radically shift how you frame the “pain”? Can you break it down to raw sensation and description without the labels, judgments and predictions? How does joy taste and smell to you? Try this for yourself, in your own way, at your own pace to have YOUR unique experience.

    The back pain and sore joints are teaching us to pay attention and tune into the body as a barometer from which to navigate and integrate mind, body and spirit. Look within, turn on YOUR body intelligence, shift your beliefs and reprogram your neurology linked to old conditioning and filters.

    Let go of past patterns that no longer serve you in this moment, release yourself from old constructs and open up to the wisdom that is within waiting for you. NOW is the time.

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  • October2nd

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    Did you know SLOW MOTION CUTS THROUGH COMMOTION whether you are experiencing physical commotion, mental commotion or energetic commotion? Slow, deep awareness of our senses TURNS ON our BODY INTELLIGENCE and cuts through commotion which, the field of neuroscience has proven, creates a fertile ground in the prefrontal cortex of the brain for neuroplasticity. Try it for yourself to resolve old conditioning, chronic pain and ISSUES IN YOUR TISSUES by exploring and experiencing YOUR innate wisdom through your Body Current®.

    “To lay down a new neural groove, we need to move slow and smooth.” Shanti Medina, RYT CPT CNSF

    Body Current® Awareness Exercise:

    Come to a place of awareness through your sensory perception. Make this true to YOU.

    You can focus your awareness on any of the senses that are magnified for you in the moment: What do you taste? What do you feel? What smells are you aware of in the moment? Where do you sense expansion? Can you soften into any sensation of tension? Can you name the sounds you are hearing? Can you hear these sounds and feel these sensations through raw vibration without the labels and contexts of past conditioning? What sensations and textures are you feeling in your skeletal muscular system? What are your organs sharing with you? Can you hear, feel, see and taste what is being communicated or can you imagine with great detail what is being expressed?

    Responding with open curiosity and awareness to this information is how we adjust and align to balance systemically avoiding dis-ease in the body, mind and spirit. This experience is unique to YOU and all you have to do is turn on your OPEN AWARENESS through the senses OBSERVING AND LISTENING to what is being communicated through YOUR body’s intelligence. The more you DON’T DO and JUST BE, the vaster your awareness will be.  Take several minutes to notice who is doing the noticing and what your body is communicating in the moment without judgement or labels, just open playful awareness. Let thoughts just come and go without following any line of thought. Rest in the awareness of what is arising through deep listening to the sensations within you and around you. Notice your current of energy and the pulse of life that is abiding and flowing in each moment.

    Once you feel this place of resting as awareness, begin to integrate long, slow deep breathing and any smooth and slow authentic movements that arise spontaneously. Surrender into and notice, without judgement or filters, any areas of tension, contraction or resistance that come to the surface. Simply rest in the awareness of the raw sensation with radical allowing and child-like novel wonderment trying not to map to the labels of pain, trauma, etc. of past conditioning. You may notice the impermanence of each sensation or you may begin to recall stories and issues that are living in your tissues. Try not to hold onto any particular sensation but simply allow for the body’s intelligence to begin to navigate from your inner compass as you move slow and smooth. 

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    Slow motion cuts through commotion supporting neuroplasticity and neuromuscular re-patterning

    How slow can you go? How aware can you BE? Even in the midst of tension and stress, can you BE in a place of harmony? 

    When you feel complete with this exercise, gently release the focus on the exercise while continuing to keep your Body Current® wisdom ON. Notice the shifts you experience throughout your day as you navigate from your inner compass of your Body Current®. Remember, this is YOUR unique body intelligence.  Empower yourself to create new neural grooves that are true to YOU for health and well-being.  

    Each Body Current® experience is unique to YOU, so integrate anything that resonates and discard anything that does not feel authentic. To set up a private phone or in-person Body Current® session to dive deeper into your unique experience and obtain specific exercises to shift YOUR neurology, contact us at info@EnergizeShanti.com

  • September5th

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    Happy New Moon!

    The New Moon was today, September 5th at 5:36am MST. This is a prime time to tune into the power of new beginnings as we align with the forthcoming New Moon.  Holding ourselves responsible for tuning into our innate wisdom and taking inventory, without judgment or filters, of the areas within ourselves we can further clear away, bring into balance, and attune during this time of rebirth and renewal.

    Below I offer a simple and specific exercise to tap into and harness our inner wisdom balancing and uniting the brain, body and spirit. This practice can be done during the New Moon and daily to reset our nervous system and sharpen our mind/body mapping awareness skills.

    This tapping into the pulse of the Universe through our inner wisdom, is using our body intelligence as a barometer, as I often share with my clients and students.  We are responding to the moment through our inner navigation system by attuning to our innate body intelligence through sensory and somatic feedback.

    Neuroscience has proven what the ancients have been sharing for thousands of years: The practices of mind/body/spirit integration through the radical awareness of the breath and the body’s sensory intelligence, such as yoga and mindfulness, increases growth and stimulus in our prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for higher evolved thinking.

    Here is an exercise easy as 1,2,3 to bring your brain, body and spirit into balance.   You can do this exercise daily anywhere from 60 seconds to 30 minutes.  It requires you to find a comfortable standing, seated or laying down position that feels right for you in the moment. If you feel safe in where you are positioned, please close your eyes.  If you choose to leave your eyes open, shift to a gentle, soft gaze.  Once you feel settled in a comfortable place, you can follow the instructions below:

     1) Begin by noticing the natural rhythm of your breath as it flows consistently and effortlessly in and out of your body. Notice the taste, sound, smell, touch of your experience without adjusting anything, just noticing.  When thoughts come, simply let them come and go like clouds without following one train of thought.  If a thought takes you away, gently bring yourself back to just noticing the sensations of the moment.  Take several moments here to notice your inner and outer landscape through your sensory perception.

    2) Keeping that open awareness through your senses, begin to breathe very slow, smooth, deep, unforced breaths feeling all sides of your body expand on the inhale and relax on the exhale.  You can breathe through your nose or your mouth with pursed lips like you are sipping through a straw.  If you are breathing through your nose, try to have the inhale begin equally in both nostrils and exhale leave completely through both sides.   As you cycle your breathing notice it’s rhythm and pace, again come back to the sensations of the moment presenting themselves.  Notice what parts of your sensory experience is magnified.  Are you focusing more on what you hear or smell? Or are the colors and textures of the seen and unseen in the moment capturing your awareness?  Just notice what is showing up to be seen, heard, tasted, etc. Notice if you can tune into that sensory perception a little deeper weaving in your complete, slow, deep unforced breathing into that experience.  Stay here for several breaths.

    3) As you continue steps one and two, layer in some neurolinguistic reprogramming by repeating an empowering statement to yourself.  It can be “I feel peace” or “I am here.” Make it true for you in the moment and repeat it like a mantra slow and steady.  Repetition is another tool we can use to bring ourselves into balance. It’s like giving our brain a toy to play with while we dive deeper into the fertile ground of the moment in the prefrontal cortex where we prime new neurons to fire and wire together around our affirmation.   Continue to toggle between gently repeating this affirmation/statement and noticing how your sensory perception is magnifying.  Continue unforced  deep and slow breathing as you build these new neuropathways. Breathe here for several minutes.

    When you feel complete, take a moment to notice the shifts you created with this practice. You may feel a relaxation response in your nervous system or you may feel more energized.  This is your nervous system rebooting and your brain balancing!   Easy as 1,2,3!

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    If you wish to learn more about these highly effective and accessible tools, please join me at one of my upcoming public Neurosculpting® and Body Current® classes in Boulder, CO or visit my website to find out more information: EnergizeShanti

     

     

     

     

  • January1st

    Peace-filled New Year’s Blessings to You!

    So often this time of year I hear from clients and students the long list of New Year’s resolutions about their health and fitness. Many of these goals begin with, “I should” or “I shouldn’t” along with an urgency to make an immediate shift because a new year has begun.

    Is it realistic to have a calendar decide when to take action to shift old patterns? What would it feel like to resolve old conditioning in the moment throughout the year?

    My response to these annual resolutions is often: Where in your body do you feel this goal for the New Year? Is this an expectation you have of yourself or someone else or is this an intention from your heart?  This leads to a long pause of self-inquiry in present moment time followed by an “AHA” realization shifting out of expectation and into intention.

    Rather than mapping back to an experience in the past or projecting an outcome for the future out of fear, we simply pause in the unknown of the moment to a balanced body centered view.

    Expectations are based on thoughts about past experiences. Intentions are found in the present moment through the intelligence of mind, body and spirit.   In the seconds it takes for a neuron to fire and rewire the beginning of a new neural pathway, you can shift your belief and reprogram your mind/body map in present moment time.

    Here are 2 easy tools you can use to set your intention and shed your expectations for the New Year:

     ❤ Practice turning up the volume of your body’s intelligence, or Body Current, through the gateway of your breath.  By fine tuning our awareness of our breath and simply slowing down and softly deepening each breath, we open up the pathways for communication of sensation shifting our neurobiology and nervous system.  The breath supports aligning our mind/body/spirit wisdom through our body’s navigation system in current moment time disengaging the trigger pattern of the limbic system.  Rather than referring to an old map in the mind based on expectations achieved or lost, we simply breathe and become aware of this moment.

     ❤ Throughout the day when you find yourself setting an expectation of yourself, a situation or someone else, honestly ask yourself, “I wonder how I can reframe this into an intention for myself to follow?”  More often than not, this simple act of self-inquiry and rewording widens the aperture of our perspective, opens our heart and aligns us to the present moment at hand where growth and change take root.

    I look forward to supporting your intentions for optimal health and holistic wellness in the New Year whether in one of my playshops, retreats, classes or in a private session.

    From my heart, Happy New Year!

    Shanti

  • November26th

    Having a challenging time through the transition into perimenopause or menopause?  Here’s the latest research on Training through the Transition:  IDEA Fitness Journal’s report on Exercise as Medicine for menopausal and perimenopausal women to aid in maintaining optimum weight, reducing depression and insomnia, and helping to balance hormones naturally: 

    1) Keep exercise levels at a moderate intensity with target HR 50-70% of max HR. Shorter (approx. 60 mins) daily workouts have proven to be more beneficial than longer less frequent workouts.

    2) Cardiovascular exercise in combination with resistance training, core work and meditation practices (including yoga and conscious breathing) together increase the quality of life factor in women going through this tranition. 60 minutes per day combining these practices for 12 weeks will garner the best results.

    3) Keep body temperatures at a comfort level when exercising to avoid an increase in vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes/hot flushes)

  • November5th

     

    RESOLVING vs SOLVING… When we resolve trauma and pain in the body, the energetic charge and cellular memory of the experience is actually transformed in the Body Current.

    When we try to solve a story about an experience of trauma or pain only with our thoughts, we replay and often recondition ourselves as we vacillate between right/wrong and good/bad of the experience. The cells reactivate, the mind renegotiates, the limbic system recharges and no solution is actually achieved.

    What if we simply STOPPED our incessant thinking and problem solving and DROPPED into the sensations we feel and the wisdom we hear in our Body Current the next time we find ourselves triggered, in pain or spinning out emotionally? What’s your Body Current trying to share with you? STOP, DROP and LISTEN to find out.

    It only takes a moment, it is totally FREE, and all you have to lose is some old conditioning ~♥~