I absolutely love learning about the brain, how it works and all of the ways that it can heal itself through various methods. It was once thought that the brain only developed up to a certain point, then it was done and research is now showing that it’s ever evolving and changing as we grow and age. My work as a registered hypnotherapist and student of meditation and yoga has become really exciting as more & more data begins to flow and we learn that the very types of healing that I do can actually quickly facilitate this process. Maybe you remember from science class that the prefrontal cortex is the seat of logic, reason, judgment, planning and other executive functions. Think of it as the CEO of your brain and it gives the rest of it orders. Perhaps you also remember that emotions originate in the primitive, lesser evolved area of the brain know as the amygdala in the hippocampus, or more broadly, the limbic system. The amygdala is responsible for fight-or-flight stress responses, cortisol release, and negative emotions, survival, fear and memory, among other things. Research now shows us that the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala are more connected than previously thought owing to a large bundle of neurons running between certain regions of the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala.
“The more axons you have connecting one neuron to another between the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala, the more resilient you likely are. The less of the 'white matter' -- that is, the fewer the highways leading from the prefrontal cortex to the amygdala -- the less resilient you are.” This means that when you practice strengthening the neuro-highways between the frontal lobe and the amygdala, it will improve your emotional state, your resiliency and your overall mood and outlook on line.
“Neurons that fire together wire together.” - Donald Hebb
Each experience that we have with our senses, even those that we are not fully aware of, are embedded in thousands of neurons that form a network. When we have repeated experiences over time they become increasingly embedded in this network, making it easier for the neurons to rapidly respond to the experience, and more difficult to unwire or rewire them to respond differently. These experiences then shape our personality, habits, emotional responses and beliefs on everything in our life. This can lead to the patterns we may find ourselves in with the way that we go about our responsibilities and the relationships that we have with everything in our life, from people to money to life! This is why it can be so difficult to implement changes on our own, and that is why I want to help you!
I have a deep passion for wanting to truly help others. My whole life I have always been the person that people easily open up to and tell their deepest and most intimate secrets after only meeting me a brief time earlier. I hold space for everyone to feel comfortable and witnessed when they are with me, to create a container for vulnerability and non-judgement. And now, after more than 11 years of study in the integrative healing arts, I have been so fortunate to use my gifts and my acquired tools to witness some of the most miraculous and amazing transformations with my clients. I know it is my soul’s purpose to help others learn how to rewire their brains in a way that resonates with them, feels authentic and gives them the lasting changes they desire. My ultimate goal when we work together is to get you to your desired outcome in a timeframe that feels good to you. I don’t want to spend years talking about what hurt you, I want to be proactive in helping you manage those wounds so that you can finally move forward in your life.
Meditation is one of the tools that I use in my healing practice. It has many different forms, and I know I can help you find the style that works best for you at this time in your life so that you make meditation a regular practice. This could be sitting meditation, breath work, movement meditation, chanting or guided visualization. Whatever style of meditation resonates with you is the one I will help you cultivate so that you feel confident when you do it on your own. You will also be able to experiment with the other styles of meditation should your practice evolve quickly, which does happen.
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” –The Bhagavad Gita.
We all know that working out and doing exercise is important to maintain health, but if you’re neglecting the mind, then you’re not practicing total health. The difference with yoga is that it will shine light and bring awareness to the parts of your body that need it the most. You will discover, and cultivate strength, courage, compassion, love, all of these important virtues that should be practiced daily, while on the mat. The mind may forget but the body remembers! We hold old emotional wounds and trauma in various parts of the body. When we get on our mat and practice the asanas we are allowing that energy, and those emotions, to move and be released. Coupled with the intentions that you set when you step on the mat, there can be profound changes in our life as you practice yoga regularly.
In my 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training I learned the importance of anatomy, alignment and dharma and how to bring them all into balance while in the asana practice. That is what I want to share with others so that they are not just going through the movements, but are actually facilitating the change they wish to see within themselves. It’s very empowering!
When we work together doing mindset, we will go through a series of intensive sessions that target the nature of how your mind operates at the most fundamental level. Many types of therapies only address the conscious level of processing. In Mindset Coaching, we will explore core beliefs, key stories and any underlying emotions that are running you at the deeper subconscious level. However, the brain is still able to let go over traumas, patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us, even if we are not able to recall the exact moment that the pattern anchored into our story. We will work together to activate new patterns that reframe, rewire and retrain your brain!
To explain this further, neuroplasticity, which is a word that is used to describe the changes that happen in the brain in response to our senses or experiences, I talked about this in the first paragraph on this page. Many amazing things happen during neuroplasticity, and this is what some would call "manifesting”. We are creating a new way of being, and therefor a new life.
Meditation and Yoga are two ways that you can implement and practice neuroplasticity, but I also offer hypnotherapy, guided visualization, future self journaling and accountability process. These are very powerful tools that help people see really quick results! Let’s customize what works best for you so that you can finally live the life you desire!