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  • Writer's pictureAshley Stevick

Discerning What's Best for YOU

If you’re a human existing in the world today, you’ve likely felt bombarded by all the self care tools and practices — doing all the things we’re supposed to do for our well-being can be downright stressful and exhausting. 😰

Learning to listen to YOUR body and discerning what is needed for YOU at any particular moment — well, that’s a practice in itself.

Sometimes we need a powerful vinyasa — an opportunity to move and flow and move through.

A vigorous flow often results in sweat, vitality, and feel good hormones. Sometimes we reach for this because we feel anxious; we’ve learned through experience that a challenging practice can quiet the brain.

And yet, sometimes a physically challenging practice does not result in less anxiety. Sometimes the anxiety persists, and the body remains in the same state of nervous system arousal and high beta brain waves that existed pre-practice. 😵‍💫

We’ve been exploring different pathways towards nervous system regulation over here at Brash. We’ve needed it personally, and we know the desire to be grounded, balanced, and present is something many of us humans are striving for.

Brandy’s continuing her learning with Kristine Weber, creator of Subtle Yoga. Ashley’s just about done with a 100 hour Yoga Nidra teacher training with Hilary Jackendoff.

Both Subtle Yoga and Yoga Nidra can be incredibly calming to our overrun nervous systems, and the science backs it up.

Slower moving practices might need more time on the stage to be seen and understood as undemanding and effective options, ‘cause moving tenderly and kindly with ourselves takes folks out of the hamster wheel of modern life. 🎡 It goes against what we’re taught to value in our society. In the same way, a simple and effortless option doesn’t jive with our crappy ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ cultural vibe. ​​🥾

We’re not here to say one way is better than the other — ‘cause we dig a power flow just as much as slow movements and deep rest practices that address the pain points of stress, anxiety, and troubled sleep.

We are here to share what we’ve learned and advocate for you making your own decisions about what will serve you best from day to day and season to season.

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