This article was originally published NOVEMBER 2016, in the WorldWide Coaching Magazine.
By Lyn Christian MCC, CFCC, CCMBIT COACH
The toolkit this month is filled to the brim with resources. Resources recommended as support for coaches and individuals who want to utilize the dynamics of personal action as related to mind/body connection.
First, if your goal is to supercharge your mental circuits, lift your mood, or boost your memory through exercise, this is your book: Spark by John J. Ratey, MD (find on Amazon here). Spark is packed with the revolutionary new science behind movement and the brain. My clients and I use this as a reference for our work. It’s a fascinating read.
Moshe Feldenkrais wrote Awareness through Movement (find on Amazon here), which offers easy-to-do exercises. Each is crafted to improve posture, vision, imagination and personal awareness. Feldenkrais exercises and practitioners are an effective means to astutely reconnect your mental, emotional and physical faculties. Look for a Feldenkrais practitioner near you or simply open a door into the Feldenkrais world by watching this:
An everyday way to sharpen your mind/body connection is to break old patterns and/or build new ones into your daily routines. Client Alison Crouch from Toronto so aptly demonstrates exactly what I’m talking about:
While we’re talking about breaking habits, why not consider breaking the habit of being yourself? According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, we can engineer the reality of our choice despite old programming and genetics. He combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology and ethics to show us how. The research is fascinating and working through the exercises in his book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself (find on Amazon here) is equally intriguing. It’s helpful to recognize our lives aren’t hardwired or predestined by genes. While this sort of read is my cup of tea, check out the introduction video first to see if it’s yours.
Years of training and then five years of competition as a tri-athlete and Spartan racer left me weary yet very pleased with a collection of medals and accomplishments. However, as you may have already experienced, consistent and repetitive movements can wear down our bodies. That’s why I switched to fencing and martial arts. I can still use my endurance base while waking up my mind/body connection to new vistas of challenge. The biggest area of growth is in coordination and mobility. My fitness trainer often tells me “You can never have too much coordination.” Here are three of my favorite ways to introduce coordination back into movement patterns AND build vital, new neural networks:
First, learn to crawl again and here’s how and why:
Then add some of these moves on a mat or soft carpet:
Movement alone and done automatically without attention does not provide our brains with any new information. When we bring attention to movement, our brains grow new connections and create new pathways and possibilities. When new pathways, connections and possibilities are born, we naturally feel most vital. There is nobody better in my book than Anat Baniel to aid in accomplishing this wonderful experience of renewed vitality. She can be found at: AnatBanielMethod.com and her programs, found below, are a great place to start.
Go to her online shop for Whole Body Fitness.
Check out Move into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality by Harmony on Amazon.
There is also Healthy Backs (The Anat Baniel Method) DVD set available on amazon.
Of course, I can’t conclude without mentioning my passion for the mBIT courses (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques) offered via Grant Soosalu and his mBraining community. I’ve not found better resources than these to guide the awareness and wisdom of an individual forward, leaving a somatic imprint of clarity and assurance within a client. We will be hosting a week of training and certification in Salt Lake City, UT. USA during 2017. Please connect with firstname.lastname@example.org for details or visit mBraining.com. For other brilliant offerings go to mBraining: Using your multiple brains to do cool stuff on amazon now!