polyvagal practice study group

 

Upcoming course:

Topic: Neuroception – Outer Environment
Click here for a detailed description of the course

Live ZOOM class

Date: Thursday, 10/28/2021

Time: 5pm – 8pm PDT

Use time zone converter if needed

Price: $150

If you believe that you will benefit from this course but you can’t participate because of financial hardship, please email a request to reduce the fee.

What is The Polyvagal Practice?

Introduction to The Polyvagal Practice™

by Michael Westgate

I am excited to share my passion for Polyvagal Theory and offer you access to The Polyvagal Practice to help you on your journey to vibrant health and fulfilling life.

 

The Polyvagal Practice is a community where you learn and practice the principles of Polyvagal Theory.

 

I was inspired and encouraged by Jeff Rockwell, D.O., and my participation in his Polyvagal Sangha group, which met monthly in-person in Mill Valley, California, in pre-Covid times. I decided to build on Jeff’s class’s spirit and provide you an excellent study-practice platform currently online.

 

The Polyvagal Practice will lead you through a series of courses including social engagement classes live on ZOOM; your presence and participation are essential. In each class live on ZOOM, I present a lecture explaining a particular principle from Polyvagal Theory, guide you through interactive exercises and provide suggestions for your daily home practice. During the ZOOM class, you enjoy a safe space to explore Polyvagal Theory’s particular topic and discuss your experience with The Polyvagal Practice members in small groups.

 

You may expect lectures and interviews with excellent guest speakers in the future.

 

As a Polyvagal Practice participant, you receive six months access to an abundance of downloadable and printable materials for each course you purchase. In addition, you will also find there a full video recording of the ZOOM classes you attended. It is an excellent resource to support your personal practice.

 

Participation in the courses also grants you access to our private Facebook group space, where it’s easy to stay in touch with The Polyvagal Practice members. You can team up for accountability, share experiences from your daily practice, post comments, ask questions and maintain healthy social connections.

 

Upcoming course:

Topic: Neuroception – Outer Environment

Live ZOOM class

Date: Thursday, 10/28/2021 

Time: 5pm – 8pm PDT

Use time zone converter if needed

Price: $150

If you believe that you will benefit from this course but you can’t participate because of financial hardship, please email a request to reduce the fee.

Course Overview/ZOOM Class Details:

Neuroception- Outer Environment

Chronic stress is the primary cause of many health challenges, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and challenging illnesses like hypertension and autoimmune disease. I designed this course to help people suffering from the effects of chronic stress who want to understanding how they got sick and how they can get well. Other people who can benefit from this course include family members or friends who want to help struggling loved ones and healthcare providers who wish to have more tools to assist their clients/patients.

 

We will examine the Polyvagal principle of Neuroception – a process through which our nervous system evaluates information from our environment (people, animals, weather, traffic, music, and more). It involves scanning the external environment using all our senses. Then, our nervous system assesses the information subconsciously and decides for us how we will feel, think and act. This process is automatic and doesn’t involve conscious awareness.

 

When our unconscious responses are well-matched to what is happening in our environment, our lives generally go well. However, some circumstances like previous overwhelming experiences (trauma) can cause damage to our neuroception and lead to poor life outcomes like chronic pain and illness.

 

You will experience animations and other visuals throughout the ZOOM class to make the polyvagal concepts accessible and easier to grasp. I will explain how the system of neuroception works and demonstrate it in realistic examples. I will also introduce you to the Polyvagal Chart that I developed as a helpful guide.

 

You will learn how to identify and correct patterns leading to unconscious responses that make your life harder. Additionally, I will provide you with tools and practices to help your neuroception make unconscious decisions more beneficial to your health.

 

During the ZOOM class, we will practice therapeutic play/movement and art-oriented and somatic-based activities.

 

This course will equip you with abundant knowledge and resources easy to apply to your daily life. In addition, you will receive ideas on how to guide your nervous system to access feelings of safety that allow you to thrive.

 

You will also gain a community of people who, like you, are actively pursuing vibrant health and fulfilling life.

Upcoming course:

Topic: Neuroception – Outer Environment

Live ZOOM class

Date: Thursday, 10/28/2021

Time: 5pm – 8pm PDT

Use time zone converter if needed

Price: $150

If you believe that you will benefit from this course but you can’t participate because of financial hardship, please email a request to reduce the fee.

 

Additional Resources:

For additional resources see Stephen Porges website.

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