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iREST YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION ... ✨

If you have known me at all in the last five years as a practitioner (hint: one who practices), you’ll know that I love and live by the teachings and practice of iRest yoga nidra meditation. ✨

Five years ago my encounter with iRest revolutionized my felt experience of life itself. Things sharpened into focus. A way of understanding the world filled in many missing pieces for me. ✨

As a certified iRest Teacher and forever student, this practice has become my favorite, my magic, my roots, my reliable wellspring. I am always excited to teach it. I get happy inside just seeing my own nap stack (1st photo) that waits for me daily. ✨

There’s a new blog post link in my profile that is a thumbnail overview of what I love about this practice. I could go on for days, as this post doesn’t touch the mysterious realms of trauma or dreaming. I’ve found precious little that can’t be addressed by yoga nidra and I use it routinely in my work with yoga therapy clients. ✨

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Self care is the opposite of selfish. It can make us more available to help others, more present in our connections ... and support us to bring our joy and contentment to all we do. This is a gift to all around us. Thank you @littlearthlings - one of my favorite IG artists! Follow @littlearthlings -- they rock! 💛


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Savor your time this weekend. What do you gain when you slow down?


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Be gentle with yourself... be gentle with others 💛


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Expressing ourselves and feeling understood are core to a satisfying life and fulfilling relationships. Freedom to express our inner worlds builds self-esteem, reduces stress, fosters connection and can resource us.

Although verbal expression is an obvious way, there are so many ways we express ourselves—the body has it’s own language. The ways to express one-self are limitless--art, music, dress, how we keep our homes, affection, movement.

In somatic therapy, we often invite the body to express it’s story. Through hand movements, facial expressions, impulses to move, feet, posture and more. Potent unconscious material is expressed this way for us to discover and learn from. This kind of self discovery goes beyond the cognitive, intellectual stories we hold, taking us on a path that is sometimes less rational however potent for healing our wounds.

What are your favorite ways to express yourself?


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You can do this.


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As the days get shorter and summer comes to a close, what have been your areas of growth this summer?
As humans we have a negativity bias, wired into us from long ago, so that we can survive predators and rougher living conditions that we encounter today. It can influence us to focus on what isn’t right, needs change and improvement, rather than basks in our achievements and celebrate how far we have come.

Take a moment and reflect on what you have grown this summer… what do you notice...what are you proud of yourself for having done over the last few months? Feel free to share!


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Freedom to express who we are is foundational to self esteem and mental health. Feeling accepted and loved for who we are is one of the best aspects of relationships. In many cases, neither is straightforward. Challenging childhoods can truncate our capacity to feel safe being ourselves. Cultural norms, oppression and media can reinforce how being oneself is not welcome. One of the gifts therapy can offer is a place to learn to feel safe expressing our uniqueness.


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How we relate to our inner experience and uncomfortable feelings is foundational to self esteem and inner peace. How do you make friends with your fears, anxieties and self doubt?


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Healing from trauma takes us towards our aliveness. The process affirms our life force and empowers us by showing us we can grow. This connects us to all of life, which by its nature is not stagnant but ever changing. Thank you @connectfulness 💛


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Couldn't help re-posting this from #selfcompassion It feels like so many are enduring their own personal storms these past few weeks. Our struggles can bring richness and depth to our lives. Once the storm has past, we can bring this depth, learning and growth to experiences like joy peace and contentment as well. 💛


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Nature can be such a wonderful resource- reminding us of balance, harmony and our aliveness.


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Sometimes we just need to take life moment by moment. It's easy to get ahead of ourselves worrying about the future, anxious about the the load we carry, wondering if it will really all be okay in the end and hoping we will do it 'right.' It's hard to take it day by day in moments but worthy of our effort.


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@littlearthlings thank you! When feeling stretched trying to remember to breathe, be patient and take it one moment at a time can be a lot. Be gentle with yourself! Life is full and crazy out there at times!


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Good reminder that repetitive challenges and behaviors are asking for our attention because healing can and wants to happen. Thanks @anipemachodron Hashtags
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I love summer and the sunshine. It feels glorious to me... I feel expansive open and on the go... it can also be overwhelming as it feels like life is moving very fast. In the garden this morning, enjoying this poppy, I asked myself how can I slow down and avoid summertime overwhelm, over-doing and over committing? 💜


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I think this says it all! What supports your ability to bounce back?


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Who would we be if we were taught from birth our bodies, minds, hearts, time, energy, souls got to have boundaries AND connection. That love did not mean requiring us to harm ourselves to save someone else disappointment. It meant respecting each other’s right to a true Yes, No, Maybe for themselves. Boundaries are Joy’s Best Friend. Real Love Includes Boundaries. #JoyousBeingGroup #Resiliencetherapy #3rdchakraPower #consent #practiceboundaries #respectyourself #respectyourno #grouptherapy #therapist #grouphealing #joycoach #sfbayarea


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Are you a Clinician!? Do you Need 18.5 CEUs?! Sign up for our upcoming TRM Level 1 training! It is a 3 day course designed to teach skills to clinicians working with children and adults with traumatic stress reactions. The training is a combination of lecture, discussion and small group practice that explores the biology of fear and threat and the automatic, natural defensive responses that occur when faced with a life-threatening and/or dangerous situation. Most importantly, this model explores the concept of resiliency and how to restore balance to the body and the mind after traumatic experiences. Go to our website to sign up! https://www.traumaresourceinstitute.com/trainings-1/trm-level-1-trm-0041
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Degeneration of the cervical spine (neck) can result in deformity (abnormal alignment of the bones of the spine) and compression of the spine cord. Normally, the bones of the cervical spine form a uniform bow shape (called “lordosis”). This individual has lost the normal “lordosis”, and the spine is actually forming a bow appearance in the opposite direction (“kyphotic deformity”). This is causing compression of the spinal cord (circled in red on the pic). This person required a big surgery to take pressure off of the spinal cord and fuse the cervical spine to prevent further worsening of spinal alignment (worsened deformity). #resiliencesurgical #thespinedocdenver #spinaldeformity #spinalcordcompression #resiliencecode #resiliencetherapy


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Adjacent segment disease: After fusion (in this case cervical, or neck, fusion), there is a risk of accelerated deterioration of the discs at the spinal levels next to the fusion. Fusion of the spine stops normal movement of one or more spinal levels (discs and facet joints). This causes the biomechanical forces that previously occurred at the fused level to be translated up or down to the next spinal level. This increased force may cause degeneration to occur more rapidly at these adjacent levels, and potentially require an additional fusion surgery to fix the problem. Unfortunately, adjacent segment disease occurred in this person. The herniated disc can be seen compressing the spinal cord. Artificial disc placement (instead of fusion) maintains normal motion of the spinal level, and decreases the risk of the development of adjacent level disease. Thus, artificial discs decrease the chances of needing an additional fusion in the future. Artificial disc placement is always my first choice in the treatment of cervical disc disease. #resiliencesurgical #resiliencetherapy #resiliencecode #adjacentsegmentdisease #securec #minimallyinvasivespinesurgery #thespinedocdenver


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Proximal Junctional Kyphosis (PJK): After multiple cervical spine surgeries, this person developed a kyphotic deformity, or abnormal spinal alignment causing the head to be in in front of the pelvis instead of sitting directly above it. This was the result of pseudoarthrosis (or non-fusion) after the previous surgeries as well as a fracture of a vertebral body (spinal bone) below the previous instrumentation (screws and rods). This person sought help from me, and I was able to realign the spine by removing the old screws and rods, and placing new hardware spanning the majority of the cervical spinal and half of the thoracic spine (part of spine where ribs attach). In order to move the spine into proper position, I had to remove facet joints effectively breaking the spine to allow for realignment. The second pic shows the before and after x-rays, demonstrating good correction of the kyphotic deformity. #thespinedocdenver #resiliencesurgical #resiliencecode #resiliencetherapy #spinaldeformity


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Disc Re-herniation: After surgical removal of a herniated disc, it is possible for more of the soft inner portion of the disc (nucleus pulposus) to herniate, causing re-occurrence of leg and back pain. The first pic shows a disc re-herniation on MRI. The previous laminotomy (hole made in bone to remove disc) is visible on the axial view on the right.
The next pic was taken using the operative microscope, and shows the L5 nerve root and the disc being removed from underneath the nerve. Care must be taken to prevent damage to the nerve. The 3rd pic shows the large herniated disc fragment that was removed.
The last pic compares the person’s previous scar made during the first surgery to the scar made during the minimally invasive surgery that I performed. The first surgery used an “open” approach in which an incision is made in the center of the low back and muscles are detached from the spine to access the disc herniation. The incision I made is significantly smaller, and utilizes a “tubular” retractor that is passed between muscle fibers to avoid damaging them. #resiliencesurgical #resiliencetherapy #thespinedocdenver #minimallyinvasivespinesurgery #skyridgemedicalcenter


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Manitou incline is a .88 mile trail that ascends over 2000 feet in elevation. Truly a test of your quads, calves and core! .
My patients undergoing a microdiscectomy or decompression can attempt this climb 3-6 months after surgery. Those undergoing spinal fusion 6-9 months after surgery. #resiliencesurgical #resiliencecode #resiliencetherapy #strongbyscience #manitouincline #coloradosprings


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Anterior approach (incision in the lower abdomen) for discectomy and inter body fusion in the lumbar spine. The disc is removed, and a “graft” is put in its place. This maintains or improves lordosis (normal curvature of the lumbar spine). The front of the graft is the metallic object at the depth of the pic. This graft has built in screws to hold it in place. Generally, I use this approach to correct spinal deformity (abnormal curvature—scoliosis). #resiliencesurgical #resiliencecode #resiliencetherapy #thespinedocdenver #minimallyinvasivespinesurgery #scoliosis


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@Regrann from @strong_by_science - @Regrann from @thespinedocdenver - Static core exercises are the best way to avoid spine surgery or prevent further spinal degeneration after spine surgery. Static core exercises train your core muscles to perform the tasks they are built to perform—maintain posture and absorb load so that your spine doesn’t have to! It’s not about having a 6-pack; it’s about consciously connecting your brain to the muscles of your abdomen and back.
Stay tuned for exercises from the core stabilization protocol I recommend to all my patients. Save your spine—build your core. #resiliencecode #resiliencesurgical #resiliencetherapy #skyridgemedicalcenter #minimallyinvasivesurgery


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@Regrann from @thespinedocdenver - Static core exercises are the best way to avoid spine surgery or prevent further spinal degeneration after spine surgery. Static core exercises train your core muscles to perform the tasks they are built to perform—maintain posture and absorb load so that your spine doesn’t have to! It’s not about having a 6-pack; it’s about consciously connecting your brain to the muscles of your abdomen and back.
Stay tuned for exercises from the core stabilization protocol I recommend to all my patients. Save your spine—build your core. #resiliencecode #resiliencesurgical #resiliencetherapy #skyridgemedicalcenter #minimallyinvasivesurgery


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