This practice combines yoga asana and pranayama with the body’s natural, therapeutic shaking response. This shaking response in humans, much the same as the instinctual shaking in animals, is the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension and trauma, in order to restore the body to wholeness.,When we experience ANY stress, tension, anxiety or trauma an instinctive response directed by an area of our primitive brain reads this as a threat to our survival . It causes our body to contract and our brain to activate the release of stress hormones. After the traumatic event we have an instinctive response of vibration or shaking in the body. Animals in the wild instinctively shake to release trauma energy following any threatening experience. We have the same genetically encoded mechanism but with our advanced thinking brains we have misinterpreted the shaking as a sign of trauma rather than a process of recovery, So negative beliefs around what it means to allow ourselves to shake, tremor, or show vulnerability, have conditioned us out of this innate release mechanism at a very early age. Neurogenic Yoga reawakens our body’s intrinsic release mechanism for optimal health.
Neurogenic Yoga is a simple, gentle and profound practice that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional stress and tension. During a Neurogenic Yoga™ practice, we safely self induce therapeutic vibration using yoga postures and breath. Often vibration begins in the legs and may spread throughout the entire body. This method is based on Dr. David Berceli’s technique of Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE®).
Who can benefit from Neurogenic Yoga™?
If you have ever had to speak in front of an audience and found your knees shaking, been in a car accident and found yourself shaking afterwards, or found yourself angry and had shaking in your belly or other body parts, then you have experienced this type of vibration. Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit. These self-induced therapeutic tremors increase the resiliency of the body because they cause deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels and muscle contraction. These vibrations can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety whether it is caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses, or traumas from accidents. Additionally, tremoring has been reported to reduce and eliminate pain, increases mobility, and aid healing of recent and past injuries.
Whether you are a parent/spouse who would like more patience with your family, a survivor of violence, emotional trauma or an accident, a soldier suffering with PTSD, or simply someone who wants to become more resilient and healthier, you can benefit from Neurogenic Yoga™.
Reported benefits include:
- Release of chronic tension and increase of energy and stamina
- Discharge of buried emotional and physical trauma – without having to talk about it.
- Freedom from symptoms of sciatica and fibromyalgia
- Decrease of aches and pains
- Improved sleep
- Improved circulation
- Improved mood
- Improved sense of feeling grounded and focused
- Improved flexibility
My journey began in 2006 with my own search to restore and recover. I had been supporting my son Matt’s journey through the special education system, he has autistic spectrum difficulties, and I had got lost somewhere between bureaucracy and overwhelm. I needed to find myself again and just really needed to feel better. So my search began