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4 WEEK COURSE 
Beginners/All levels

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COMING HOME -
FINDING SAFE FELT SENSE
AFTER STRESS

building nervous system
regulation

WEDNESDAYS at Maitland

 

7.15pm - 8.45 pm

29 May- 19 June,, 2024

$90

MAITLAND YOGA STUDIO,

479 High Street, Maitland

The primary focus in these 4 weeks   is to harness an unshakeable, unfaltering sense of safety within ourselves. 

With safety, we develop acceptance of ourselves. We foster an inner and outer sense of belonging. We learn what it means to be brave in our expression.​

An autonomic nervous system that co-regulates and self-regulates with ease creates the possibility to move out of the need for protection - and instead to embody a system that finds joy in connection.

Felt Sense is about bringing awareness inside of the body. Slowing down to notice the ever changing energetic, emotional and sensory landscape. The goal of focusing on sensation, movement and feeling is about going inward; moving from external stimuli {and things out of our control}.

Learning to inhabit the felt sense of your body is also a doorway into presence, a way for you to access your own aliveness and creativity.  This supports you in regulating your nervous system, cultivating feelings of safety within and coming into a more compassionate relationship with your own self.

The body, an ongoing sea-change of movement, speaks through breath, posture, muscle tone, movement patterns, and moving narratives. Emotions and life experiences shape these movements. From stress, fear, and uncertainty to life changes, we can be forced into shapes that are not our own.

Safety is to be found in the external environment. “Safeness” is what we feel on the inside, when there is safety. For many of us there is a “gap” between safety and safeness.

- Explore an interoceptive experience and begin to develop an inner felt sense
- Identify how our body and mind collaborate with the stress response
- Develop somatic (body) based tools to regulate our autonomic nervous system
- Explore techniques that can support us to find our relaxation response

 

At every moment in time your subconscious mind speaks to you through your body, in a language that is as refined, systematic, and complete as your verbal language. This "somatic" language that your body communicates in forms the basis of the non-cognitive wisdom known as felt sense, intuition, or "somatic intelligence." Becoming fluent in somatic language can help you to think less, yet know more. It is like having your own personal consultant, who you can ask for additional insight. Understanding the subtle yet systematic communication of the body can help you achieve breakthroughs in your personal health and well-being, as well as adding significant value to your existing skills and abilities.


​This four week course offers you a warm and supportive space to deepen your understanding of  somatic practices and resources for regulating your nervous system and supporting you in cultivating feelings of safety within your own self and coming into a more kind and nourishing relationship with your body..

Interweaving Lucinda’s  knowledge in yoga therapy, somatic psychotherapy, poly vagal theory and Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry and currently deepening her knowledge in somatic experiencing,  this will be an experiential  series with a rich combination of kundalini yoga, meditation and mantra, you are invited to slow down and attune to the language deep inside your body - coming to know your bodily sensations, listening to your patterns of holding and tension and the ways in which your body may be stuck in survival responses as a result of stress.

MORE ABOUT THE VAGUS NERVE

The vagus nerve acts as your body’s superhighway, carrying vital information between the brain, body and all your organs, and controlling how your body responds in times of relaxation and rest. Repeated Breathwork sessions can help to tone the vagus nerve, which can notably reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and may also enhance immune, brain and gut function!

​If vagal tone is good we tend to be more resilient to stress , recover better from illnesses and are generally more positive. 

If it is poor we find ourselves in a continual fight or flight situation and are more prone to stress , physical issues with heart and digestive system, anxiety and depression .

Each week we will explore: 

 

  • Somatic release practices, grounding and resourcing and felt sense.

  • Vagal Toning excercises

  • Kriya - Physical postures and movement

  • Breathwork or pranayama

  • Sacred sound and rhythm, mantra (including planetary gong and sound baths)

  • Meditation and mudras (hand gestures) 

  • Explore practices for inviting your body into a place of rest and relaxation

  • Deepen your awareness of what brings joy and nourishment to your body.

​You don’t have to be flexible or strong. You don’t need any experience. All you need is to come as you are and open yourself up to to your own bodies innate ability to heal.
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​All welcome and please give me a call if you have any questions. 

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