Move - Connect - Communicate

November 29, 2018

The concept of movement changing emotion and behaviours is not new but using movement as a way to stimulate memory and create a flexibility and resilience in the brain is. After all if we only exercise to get stronger and more flexible physically why then can’t we give the same consideration to our poor old brain? If we want to achieve the ultimate factor or Well-Being and connection between brain, mind, soul, body and heart.  

 

When l created Evolutionary flow last year, l was building upon 15 years of being fascinated with all forms of movement from teaching yoga to my University studies in Neuropsychology and Computational Movement. l quickly became fascinated by researching the neural computations of motor action and how the brain computes an algorithm for movement. Along with my research with Split Brain patients in exploring the dorsal stream responsible in part of the guidance of actions

in real-time referred to as ‘bottom-up'. With the ventral stream, ‘top down' playing a part in our vision for perception. To understand how information from visual and semantic memory, provides perceptual representations that can serve recognition, visual thought, planning and memory. This is where l began to learn and understand about the interplay and dynamics of left and right hemisphere of the brain what controls what and how. 

 

Evolutionary Flow embraces my key learnings and is presented in a set sequences of mismatched movements in familiar sequences combined with longer holds. After introducing elements of this method into my public classes. l began to become aware from observing students a greater focus and progress in my students presence, movement and attitude. This maybe in part because the brain learns in 2 ways through repetition and then building upon that repetition. The key is not to get stuck psychologically with what we know and like because it feels comfortable. Too much comfort after all turns into complacency. 

 

One of the purposes behind “defying expectations”in movement is to direct students’ attention away from automatic pilot mode or distraction by looking at everyone else and instead redirect their attention into their bodies cultivating a deeper awareness to what they are experiencing and feeling. “Defying expectations” in movement refers to taking a familiar movement and introducing a different variation. There are many examples but one simple one is reversing one wrist in Cat + Cow or lifting 1 arm out to the side. In other words you’re going against what the body is expecting. 

 

The left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also performs tasks that have to do with logic. With the right hemisphere coordinates the left side of the body, and performs tasks that have do with creativity. 

 

The brain's right hemisphere controls the muscles on the left side of the body, while the left hemisphere controls the muscles on the right side of the human body. When you wink your right eye, that's the left side of your brain at work. Interestingly the left brain is better with familiar movements, but the right brain is better with new things, so by combining familiar and new you are encouraging your hemispheres to cooperate.

 

However, recent research in The Journal of Neuroscience (Oct 18) shows when you move only your right arm, there’s actually neural activity (firing) in both the left and right sides of the brain. To read more go to google scholar and input  D.T. Bundy et al., “Unilateral, three-dimensional arm movement kinematics are encoded in ipsilateral human cortex,” The Journal of Neuroscience, doi.org/ 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0015-18.2018, 2018.

 

To explore this concepts further with me here is what you’re learn and experience IN WORKSHOP BASED SESSIONS AND RETREAT SETTINGS in 2019 is: 

 

- How to maximise the potential of your practice with a balance of movement & stillness.

 

- The impact that your practice has on your nervous system, how to maximise that and how it effects our internal organs and psychological states and behaviours.

 

- Mismatched Movements challenge the attention tasking aspects of the brain.

 

 -Long Yin style holds to understand how the brain resists change and increase synaptic firing + connectivity increasing mental + physical resilience, fitness + performance. 

 

 

 

 

behavioral findings + the associated brain areas. 

 

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