STRESS IS DESIGNED TO MOVE YOU.
What is The Practice?
The Practice is a class that uses stress-management as a tool to enhance wellbeing. Through it, we re-learn how to manage our stress response. Releasing stress-induced charges stuck in the body. Becoming unstuck while finding the possibility to wind down, we lean back into the present moment and are able to relax.
This is fulfilled through a combination of intensive movement and taking rest, flushing the body-heart-mind from stress.
How does it work?
The Practice is experienced on your mat in the studio. With a carefully-selected playlist, Julie first guides you through familiar sets of perpetual movement – such as jumping jacks, donkey kicks, squats, shaking etc. One move per song.
After meeting the intensity of the movements, we find rest in the release of it. Slowly winding down, then recovering our system by sinking into yin yoga shapes and practicing gentle breathing exercises. All in all, it’s a full reset once the cycle is completed.
The results are psychological relief, mental clearing and emotional (stress) release.
Through continued practice, participants develop the tools to deal with day-to-day stressors while deepening their self-development and building physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.
A BODY-APPROACH: DEVELOPING A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH STRESS
The Practice is designed according to our biological nervous system and stress response cycle.
We all experience stress on a daily basis in our lives. Therefore, working with the nervous system directly within the framework of the body is very powerful.
Through The Practice, we create a direct relationship with it. We learn to recognize when, how and, perhaps, why stress expresses uniquely in our body so that we can respond to it in a new way, one practice at a time.
EXPERIMENT, TRY, PUSH, BE VULNERABLE, COME BACK, CRY, LEARN, SMILE, SCREAM, DIG DEEP, START ALL OVER AGAIN.
THE PRACTICE IS HERE FOR YOU TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF FEELING STUCK.
THE CYCLE OF INNER-BALANCE
Through The Practice, a new relationship with stress is fostered. By navigating the following stages of the Inner-balance Cycle, our inner-world stabilises and restores.
Overtime, this becomes a sustainable adaptation mechanism and sacred tool for our personal life’s journey. Rather than fighting stress, we allow it to become an exploration of who we are. Personal-growth is the result.
The Cycle of Inner-balance comprises four inter-related stages:
- Internalised emotions/stress
This stress cycle is also reflected in the animal realm. Let’s take a zebra for example:
A zebra experience the threat of a lion (stress activation). Cortisol floods her body. She gets prepared to run for her life (flight response). The internalised charges of stress are released through running (it doesn’t stay inside/pile up in her body as she takes action). Once the lion retreats, her body shakes, releasing muscular tension, burning excess adrenaline, and calming the nervous system to its neutral state. After, she slows down, recovery takes places. This cycle naturally manages stress levels in her body.
We as humans have exactly the same mechanism, only we have a mind, and it thinks. It always knows better. Therefore we tend to skip the releasing- and/or the resting stage, preventing us from completing the full cycle and come to an inner state of balance.
Creating awareness of internalized stress and
what feels stuck in the bodymind.
Releasing what we hold onto.
Shaking off the dust of tension and stress.
Restoring to inner-balance,
achieving a stable internal
Taking the time to really slow down,
calming the nervous system.
I believe in love and vulnerability. I live from those two qualitites as it allows me to create real and authentic relationships, both with myself and others.
This is why I am dedicated to create the space for people to become vulnerable so that they can find the strength in being their authentic selves. I do this by offering various tools. One of them is The Practice.
I work with an experiential self-transformative approach with tools that are human-inspired and science-backed.
Students describe my guidance and presence as disarming, loving and serene.
The Practice was born after I realised that whenever I experienced stress, sitting still and meditating wasn’t the only answer. I felt fidgetty and restless. There was a strong urge to move. On the other hand, whenever I went for a run or took a HIIT class, I felt hyped-up and overstimulated afterwards. Then I dug into the realm of the nervous system and found out about the stress response cycle. A sustainable way of working with stress, emcompasses both movement and stilness.