I’ve always known that creating healthy, sustainable habits was of the utmost importance. It’s work I’ve been doing on myself for over twenty years, and it’s the process I most engage in with my coaching clients who are often looking to start something new, get unstuck, or see greater results in their lives. Most people think too often of the “big stuff” in their lives and forget that it’s the repetitive day to day patterns of thought, word and action that are slowly ingrained in our very neuro pathways and literally become who we are.
The wonderful thing about understanding this is how science now shows us that in the same way unhealthy patterns can impact and change us, healthy ones can as well. They may even be able to rewire which parts of our DNA get expressed. This is great news for the world of trauma because it proves that the patterns of protection which follow a great trauma do not have to be permanent and the negative health outcomes from traumatic stress can be reversed.
It’s all about the slow and steady.
Small, sustainable healthy habits really are the most impactful and doable and that’s what we find with yoga and especially trauma sensitive yoga.
Yoga isn’t always getting on a mat for 60 or 90 minutes. It can be the break in the day when we take a breath, slow down or re-route a negative thinking pattern and begin again.
Taking that time to reset throughout the day ultimately changes us and eventually becomes second nature. It’s all about creating new loops!
This is the essence of what we discuss in the fourth episode of the Beyond Trauma podcast, Stress, Yoga & Epigenetics with Alexandra Seidenstein. You can listen to the full episode on iTunes or Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review!