… Or, How your nervous system develops and what you can do to better experience calm and connection.
Polyvagal Theory is one of the most important findings of this century. Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory relates to our capacity to be calm and present; to read and accurately understand the non-verbal cues of others and relate meaningfully to them; and to handle stress and even digest our food. It sounds complex but once you understand the basics you will perhaps understand your responses to stress, your success in relationships, and even things that have held you back in your life. The good news is you can develop your capacity to calm your nervous system, handle stress in healthier ways and, in general, have a more satisfying life. At Ryzio, you will learn the very specific tools to enhance your capacity for calm, confidence and connection.
• Stephen Porges’ Website Packed with free resources: videos, webinars, podcasts and articles. It’s all right here.
• You can also watch this You Tube video of Dr. Porges, Polyvagal Theory: How Your Body Makes the Decision.
Porges emphasizes that for optimal emotional functioning, we must, first and foremost, feel safe. This article summarizes some good points about what makes us feel unsafe at work how to create a safer environment in the workplace:
• The Magic of Feeling Safe at Work, Tony Swartz in the New York Times
The neuroscience that informs our practices and processes at Ryzio deals with the human mind and the cultivation of well-being. Here are some of the most interesting and important references in the field right now:
Dr. Dan Siegel is a pioneer in field of interpersonal neurobiology, what he calls the “mindsight approach.” He provides interesting and understandable explanations and processes from this latest science. His website is full of valuable and intriguing resources. You can find it here.
In his latest book, MIND: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Dr. Siegel explores the topic of neuroscience and the mind in a refreshing and easy-to-understand way. He shows how the mind is influenced by culture, purpose, values, science, spirituality, and our experiences in the moment. He invites us to explore our own mind as a way of understanding more of who we are. This book is a great introduction and review of neuroscience and the brain and includes stories from his own journey. Click here to read more about it on Amazon.
• Workplace Neuroscience: How the Brain Works at Work, by Jessica Miller-Merrell,,takes a look at neuroscience in the workplace.
• It’s Not Always Depression, by Hilary Jacobs Hendel, is a valuable resource for resiliency and thriving. Her work is very much in line with Ryzio’s principles. In presenting her Change Triangle, she walks you through processes for listening to your body, discovering core emotions, connecting with and living from your authentic self. Check out her blog and website here: https://www.hilaryjacobshendel.com/
• Helpguide is a go-to source for short, information rich articles relating to many aspects of mental health. Helpguide gives you access to the wide range of unbiased, motivating resources and self-help tools. This non-commercial site breaks things down into 24 different topics from abuse and ADD to stress and suicide prevention. It also includes a free“Emotional Quotient” course that includes video classes and audio processes and meditations. Harvard University Health is a partner.
• Trauma, Brain and Relationship This powerful You Tube documentary features doctors Bruce Perry and Daniel Siegel, Ryzio’s own Marti Glenn, and other renowned experts in the field of childhood trauma, and attachment and bonding. This is a great way to share with friends, colleagues, and caregivers a new understanding of how trauma effects the development of the mind-body system, and how it affects children’s behaviors and social relationships. This is a popular training video with agencies for training and for group presentations.