Life & Breath: Polyvagal Perspective
Polyvagal Theory is the science of safety and human connection. Developed by Dr Stephen Porges in the 1990s, the theory explores the role of the autonomic nervous system in the body.
The autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating all the internal processes that we don’t need to think about, like breathing, digestion and heart rate. It also operates as a sort of precognitive surveillance system, continuously monitoring and responding to signals of safety and danger from our inner and outer environments, as well as attempts to co-regulate with others.
What you will learn:
According to Deb Dana, author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation: “Through a polyvagal lens, we understand that actions are automatic and adaptive, generated by the autonomic nervous system well below the level of conscious awareness. This is not the brain making a cognitive choice. These are autonomic energies moving in patterns of protection. And with this new awareness, the door opens to compassion.”
Because our breathing is both completely automatic and can also be brought completely under our control, it offers us a wonderful opportunity to regulate the body-mind system, including our autonomic state. Breath is a bridge between body and mind, a portal to shift our physiology.
Back to Deb Dana: “We live a story that originates in our autonomic state, is sent through autonomic pathways from the body to the brain, and is then translated by the brain into the beliefs that guide our daily living. The mind narrates what the nervous system knows and the story follows the state.”
What to expect:
In the first part of this workshop, we’ll explore some of the fundamentals of Polyvagal Theory to better understand the different states that we might find ourselves in at any given moment. I will then share a selection of breathwork tools and techniques to help you better navigate through these states.
The workshop will end with a conscious connected breathing session, an opportunity to journey a little deeper into the emotional realm of the body-mind system and to use the breath to release and integrate underlying and often unconscious energetic blockages in the body. Conscious connected breathing is a simple yet powerful breathing technique, bringing many transformative benefits across the physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of our being.
- We will be recording this session but will only be recording the coach and not any of the attendees in the workshop.
- We recommend that you turn on your cameras as our workshops involve a high level of engagement and participation among the coach and with each other.
- Please be on time – each workshop via Zoom will be open 15mins before the start time.
- Remember to bring pen/paper to take notes.