Highlights from this Episode
Five Questions: Introducing Erin Moon
We ask guests five questions to help us and our listeners get to know them and some of the more subtle aspects of their lives.
Aligning with the Chakras
Clara, Erin, and Stephanie share which chakra they feel most connected to and why that specific part of the body resonates most.
Stressors of Online Environments
Erin and Clara share their experience leading yoga teacher training online with stressors that arose, how they handled issues, and how to trust in the process of the experience.
Anatomy of Sensory Experience
How we’re affected in the shift to online spaces to learn and engage with others, in terms of our anatomy, somatic experience, and how we take in and process information via the body.
Downregulation: Restorative Poses and Practices
Clara shares some of the yoga poses and practices to downregulate and create a state of calm in the body and mind.
Applying the Polyvagal Brake
The vagus nerve’s role in stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as rest and digest, is to create a sense of calm.
How to Strengthen the Vagus Tone
Strengthening the vagal tone allows the person to enter a state of downregulation more efficiently; we do this through pranayama in yoga in excitatory or grounding ways.
Vinyasa Yoga and Responding To Stress
How vinyasa yoga teaches the practitioner to react to events as they arise and practice coming back to neutral; this process strengthens our choice-making capabilities while being highly stimulated.
The Belly and Brain Relationship
Polyvagal theory shows a direct link between the brain and the digestive system, proving that it really does matter what we put into our bodies and our environment.
The Body Keeps The Score
A book by Bessel van der Kolk, on how your mind’s job is to take care of the body, and your body’s job is to tell the mind how it’s doing.
Practices to Alleviate Stress
Clara and Erin’s practices—including mudra, mantra, and pranayama— alleviate the stress they use themselves and provide students.
All the Ways We Cheer Ourselves Up
Small things we do for ourselves or people we reach out to give ourselves a positive boost and endorphin rush to brighten the day.