Jess offers courses in an online setting to connect into parts of ourselves (like our breath and attention) which usually go unnoticed, or are usually controlled by our Autonomic Nervous System. Forming a bridge from the unconscious to the conscious is a potent form of 'mindfulness' and her favourite way to do this is through awareness, breath and movement.
These offerings can only come from a place of experience. It is one thing to offer philosophical ideas, concepts and maps to follow, but if it has not been experienced, then in my opinion it is useless. That said, each individual is unique and will experience the practices in a different felt sense compared with another. This is the whole point. A unified practice with unique experiences, a lived experience of what is being explained is necessary during these offerings.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
"their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition"
a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
'Mindfulness' as a word and a concept gets thrown around a-lot. The definition as we can see, has depth in stating that we perhaps can calmly accept what one is feeling in the present moment. But how?
Although it feels like it is nice and attractive to throw around these words (at home, in a workplace, as a practice) what are we really doing to become 'mindful'?
Is it even a 'doing' or is it a 'being'?
What are the tools?
It makes me laugh sometimes. Perhaps instead of it being a tool, something we can take or gain, what if it were a perspective shift; a way of being in the world, a practice, which is not perfect, but takes time, enquiry and patience without filter nor judgment?
We begin all of our offerings with the foundational pillars of:
presence, connection and safety. Some like to call this ritual.
A ritual is a practice that carries symbolism beyond the actions themselves. A ritual creates sacredness and specialty around a practice that would otherwise be mundane or autonomic. Thus rituals can provide a framework to effectively anchor psychological transformations.
To use these methods effectively, self‐practice is essential. These should be viewed as a continuum or coalition of experiences, not merely as techniques to be delivered.
Breathing, movement and awareness are the foundation for changes in the mind (neural plasticity), embodiment is therefore vital. Thus connecting back to the three pillars of presence, connection and safety both from an external landscape and an internal landscape. In other words, by making sense of our inner world, and perhaps being able to be with what is there, we are able to make sense of our outer world, creating stability in our nervous systems.
Managing a stress response is a multidisciplinary approach, we are multicellular organism-ed beings, it is not a one exercise fits all case. We need to approach this with multiple skill sets. Essentially inoculating yourself and doubling up on self facilitated resources, giving us resistance and an empowerment to mange everyday stresses. Not one practice is complete in itself, and not one practice is applicable to only one's individual circumstances.
Workplace Mindfulness & Breath Exploration Program
with Jessica Date & Alida Ziemelis
Embrace the human being across the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual domains. Meeting the person/group exactly where they are at. These sessions allow one:
to recognise the relationship between their body and mind;
to allow an increase in flexibility in their physical, emotional and mental being;
access their capacity to adapt to an ever changing environment;
develop coherence in their presence, creating a strong sense of self and internal leadership;
become energised, improving their available levels of energy; and
find a greater sense of internal stability, a sense of safety, security and presence.
Our sessions allow you to access what is beyond the traditional way of being, more than the physical body, and move toward creating an internal coherence, delivering wellbeing, through working with the nervous system and body to develop and improve flexibility, generating calmness, focus through perspective taking.
This is an investigation into daily Mindfulness and Breath Practices and why such practices are needed.
Tailored Packages Available
An 11 Session program - Either Weekly or Daily
11 week Program (1 x per week) or 11 day Program (11 consecutive days)
Conducted via Zoom both Live & Recorded
Introduction Day to Day 5: An Investigation into Breath and practices and why we need an awareness around Breath.
Day 6 - Day 10: Tailoring into a daily Self Breath Practice for ongoing daily use whilst at work or home. Up to 20 minutes of Self Breath practice.
Introduction Welcome Session 60 mins
Day or Wk 1 - 30 mins
Day or Wk 2 - 30 mins (Q & A - 15 mins)
Day or Wk 3 - 30 mins
Day or Wk 4 - 30 mins (Q & A - 15 mins)
Day or Wk 5 - 60 mins
Day or Wk 6 - 30 mins (Q & A - 15 mins)
Day or Wk 7 - 30 mins
Day or Wk 8 - 30 mins (Q & A - 15 mins)
Day or Wk 9 - 30 mins
Day or Wk 10 - 60 mins
11 Live Sessions including their recordings
Contact Time (available for Q & A Time, Reach outs, & ongoing support/communications)
Course Content which includes details of each session and scheduled zoom live sessions, dependent upon daily or weekly program selected, can be provided at a later time.
This program may be reduced to a simple 5 Day Introduction Program if required.
Employee/Group Wellbeing Investment Options upon application
BASIC BIOLOGY OF STRESS RESPONSE AND TRAUMA
Response to threat is easily observed in animals, between predator and prey, as the fight, flight, or freeze response, depending on the nature and magnitude of the danger.
If the predator is of a size and danger that can be warded off, the animal may fight.
If the predator is too strong, and the prey has been spotted, it may choose to take flight.
If the prey sees a predator, but it has itself not been spotted, the prey may choose to freeze.
These same responses are present in human beings as well.
This response is somatic (in the body) as well as psychological (in the brain).
The stress response propagates through the brain, and through the body by the sympathetic activation in the autonomic nervous system.
An important structure in the brain that regulates threat perception and survival emotions is the amygdala. Regardless of the specific nature of the threat, the chain of biological changes that follow are similar.
A stressful meeting of today was the charging tiger of prehistory; the sympathetic nervous system responds, regardless.
Normally, explicit or narrative memories of our life events are formed by processing in the hippocampus which then presents it to the cerebral cortex for long term storage.
In intense stress (e.g. physical or sexual abuse), the conscious brain may not be able to tolerate the experience, and try to dissociate (e.g. focus on something in the past or something aside from the traumatic event in the present).
This can result in the memories of that event not being processed effectively in their 'normal pathway', leaving behind fragments of the fight‐ flight‐freeze response locked in the nervous system below the conscious level.
This can in turn lead to reacting with an inappropriate stress response.
A holistic approach combining body, breath, and mind is valuable in dealing with stress.
We can modulate the stress response through our conscious brain from above, and by working from the body below. Regardless of the source of the threat or the measures that signal the removal of the threat, the lower brain responds by winding down the stress response. Therefore, by working emotionally and cognitively, we can mediate the stress response from one direction. By working with the body and breath, we can mediate the stress response from the other direction.
A combined approach is naturally likely to be most effective and thus the holistic approach of yoga is very helpful.