Would you like to learn a simple but profound practice to help you down-regulate and calm your nervous system when you’re feeling stressed?
Here, in this blog about my fourth conversation with Trauma Awareness Activist Shay Seaborne about stress, trauma and the Alexander Technique, I share a practice that does exactly that.
In this conversation, we discuss TheCyCle™ – a practice Shay has learned from me which helps her calm her own nervous system. It has become her go-to down-regulation tool. TheCyCle takes only a couple of minutes to do, and, importantly, you will get the opportunity to learn and experience it for yourself in the video below.
TheCyCle™ is a practice that comes directly from the Primal Alexander work of Alexander Technique Teacher Mio Morales. It’s is one of his “etudes” – studies to practice, explore and learn the work – and it is the first and most fundamental. I now teach it to all my clients, and this is the first time I’m sharing it in a completely public setting.
TheCyCle™ is not only a way for you to calm your own nervous system and release excess tension from your body, but it also provides a framework in which to practice and explore the type of thinking and awareness that cultivates ease in a way that’s portable and accessible in many situations.
Watch the video of our conversation and this teaching here:
These conversations are also being made into podcasts, so you can also listen to this conversation here:
You can also find the podcast here: http://bodylearning.buzzsprout.com/382/5028716-cycling-with-ease-to-down-regulate-stress-and-trauma
I hope you find this useful. I teach TheCyCle™ nowadays in a way that incorporates my own approach to the Alexander Technique. Specifically, I typically use the phrase, “I am free to notice ease.” The non-coercive nature of this wording, in particular that it offers freedom, possibility, choice and agency, is especially important and helpful to anyone who is traumatized in any way.
I’d love to hear how you get on with it – maybe especially if this is your first introduction to this practice. If you have questions, feedback, or any comment you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the space provided below.
Note: This conversation was originally broadcast as a live video on my Facebook Page.