The Conscious Breathing Paradox 4 Simple Ways to Get Out of Your Head So Breath Can Flow!
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by Imogen Ragone
9M ago
The idea of being conscious of your own breathing and just letting it happen seems like a paradox. This is the conundrum one of the participants in my recent Guided Constructive Rest session presented me with. And she wanted to know what to do about it. I know what she means. When I first tried to simply “observe” my breath I always felt that I started to interfere with it in some way – that I was controlling it, not just watching. I have a distinct memory of reading Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford around the time I started training to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Throughout ..read more
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Turn Around Your Stressful Triggers with the Alexander Technique
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by Imogen Ragone
1y ago
Use Your Triggers to Do Something Beneficial for You AND Your Nervous System I am excited to resume my conversations with Trauma Awareness activist, Shay Seaborne in which we talk about many and varied aspects of stress, trauma and neuroscience, and how the Alexander Technique has enabled her to put key concepts into practice in her own ongoing healing from severe complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). In this video we talk about how an idea from my BodyIntelligence work and the Alexander Technique has helped her “turn around” one of her most stressful triggers – hyperacusis and ..read more
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12 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress in 2021
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by Imogen Ragone
1y ago
On January 4, 2021 my article, 12 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress in 2021, appeared in the Medium publication, Body Wisdom. Last year was probably one of the most stressful in modern history for the majority of people on this planet. So, instead of the 12 days of Christmas (which is behind us now anyway), or a 12-step program, here’s my list of 12 easy, no-cost ways to relieve stress to see you into the new year and beyond. #1 Move Your Body In whatever way appeals and is accessible to you, MOVE! In their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, Amelia Nagoski and Emily ..read more
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3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Sit Up Straight
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
Don’t sit up straight! This may seem like an odd statement for me to make as a teacher of the Alexander Technique – a method known to help people with their posture. However, if you have read anything I’ve written about posture before it should not come as a surprise. In a previous blog post I explained it like this: To be clear, the kind of posture I am interested in is not stiff or held, the way so many people unfortunately think of “good posture.” It’s not about “standing up straight.” That can cause as many problems as it solves. It is this idea that I want to revisit today. Many studies ..read more
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3 Gateways to Presence
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
Using Interoception, Proprioception, and Exteroception to Foster Resilience Awareness of our inner self and bodily sensations (interoception), of our position and movement in space (proprioception), and of the stimuli coming from outside ourselves (exteroception) are key gateways to being present – something we are in great need of when we are stressed. In my sixth conversation with trauma awareness activist Shay Seaborne, we discuss these three concepts AND give tips on how to cultivate each one. All three are important to our wellbeing, giving us key resources that help us build resilience i ..read more
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Posture, Body Language, Stress and Trauma
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
If you’ve heard of the Alexander Technique, you may associate it with “good posture.” In my fifth conversation with trauma survivor and trauma awareness activist Shay Seaborne, we discuss the implications and impact of posture and body language on people dealing with stress and trauma, and what neuroscience is telling us about this. I dispel some common myths (and potentially harmful advice) we so often hear about improving our posture and give a quick tip with a different approach that is both more physically comfortable and more sustainable. Watch our conversation here: This conversation is ..read more
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“CyCling” with Ease to Down-Regulate Stress and Trauma
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
Would you like to learn a simple but profound practice to help you down-regulate and calm your nervous system when you’re feeling stressed? Here, in this blog about my fourth conversation with Trauma Awareness Activist Shay Seaborne about stress, trauma and the Alexander Technique, I share a practice that does exactly that. In this conversation, we discuss TheCyCle – a practice Shay has learned from me which helps her calm her own nervous system. It has become her go-to down-regulation tool. TheCyCle takes only a couple of minutes to do, and, importantly, you will get the opportunity ..read more
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Stress, Trauma, Neuroscience and the Alexander Technique
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
Have you heard of Down-Regulation, Titration, or Co-Regulation? In the third in my series of conversations with trauma awareness activist, Shay Seaborne, you will find out what they are, and why they are important for anyone dealing with stress or trauma. It’s been fascinating to learn how the neuroscience of stress and trauma connects with Alexander Technique practices and skills. Over the last few years Shay has learned a lot from her interest in neuroscience about the neurobiology of stress and trauma. In particular, we discuss these three important concepts that support ..read more
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5 Things Anyone Can Do to Build Resilience in the Face of Pandemic Stress and Trauma
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
In my second conversation with trauma awareness activist, Shay Seaborne, we talk about the difference between stress and trauma (and the similarities), how the Pandemic is affecting us, and share five simple things you can do to help build your resilience right now and even come out of the pandemic better off than where you started. You can watch the conversation here: These conversations are also being made into podcasts, so you can listen to this conversation here: http://bodylearning.buzzsprout.com/382/4809935-5-things-anyone-can-do-to-build-resilience-in-the-face-of-pandemic-stress-and-tr ..read more
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Tapping into Your Body’s Intelligence to Help with Stress and Trauma
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by Imogen Ragone
2y ago
A few weeks ago I conducted a series of public conversations on trauma, stress and the Alexander Technique with my friend, client, trauma survivor, and trauma awareness activist, Shay Seaborne. These are now also being released as podcasts on Body Learning (the Alexander Technique Podcast). In our first conversation Shay tells us a bit about her own story and experience, how she ended up at my door looking into the Alexander Technique, and some of the specific ways in which it has helped her manage stress and PTSD, and build resilience. We also share a simple idea you can use right away to hel ..read more
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