Centered breathing, body alignment, muscle activity, attention, and posture supports self-regulation by providing a point-of-reference for goal-oriented action. Orientation focuses on being present, accepting, attentive, and adaptive.

o Present

• Natural breathing, posture, and position restore functions of a normalized, secure state. Breathing, posture, and position can become reactive, causing the body’s systems to exist in a defensive state, perpetually preparing for danger rather then responding to the present.

• In a present state the body is like the tides, the air enters displacing, compressing, and expanding different components of the body. The reverse happens as the air leaves. In a present state the body is not only relaxed but also soft and fluid.

o Accepting

• Proper alignment synchronizes the components of the body for a greater capacity to receive experiences via our senses. The skeleton is meant to support the body while the systems and muscles hang freely. When the body is out of alignment extra energy and work is required to function; sensation, perception, and regulation are de-prioritized to compensate for the energy required exist out of sync.

• When the body is aligned to accept the present little effort is required for action; like a pendulum as it is lifted off the ground, any change to the pendulum or the string becomes energy for responsive action.

o Attentive

• Through focusing impulses of thought and action on the evolving present our full capabilities are utilized to be, appreciate, and act in this moment. Individuals are less effective when conflicting effort being expressed to deal with what is, was, and will be simultaneously.

• Imagine the impossibility of enjoying a bite of dessert while sitting in a cold room that smells of rotten eggs, listening to nails on a chalkboard, while watching a mouse run across the floor, thinking about how embarrassed you were when…

o Adaptive

• The way an individual sits, stands, and moves determines the effectiveness of what they do as well and determines the clarity of why the are doing it.

• Sitting to learn, be taught, be instructed, or just to behave are very different ways of sitting.

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