Sydney Harris Gyrotonic Trainer, Pilates Instructor

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06/30/2023

Congratulations to Romana Pilates International as they raise their glasses to celebrate what have been Romana’s 100th Birthday! This charcoal drawing was done by Jen Chung at Gratz Pilates

05/21/2023

Your tongue acts as a rudder and support system through a fascial line that runs right down to your toes!

In nearly all my patients, I see poor tongue posture, and the links to bad spinal posture, breathing, and other issues are felt right throughout the body.

The simplest way we can see how the tongue is so influential is how it supports proper head posture. When the tongue is down and forward, forward head posture and mouthbreathing occurs.

Over time this associates with a narrow jaw, crooked teeth, and sleep disorders.

But… you guessed it, as always the mouth is a gateway for so many other systems in the body.

The tongue is an extremely complex muscular and fascial rudder system.

It guides all the structures of the myofascial continuity that runs from the inner arch of the foot all the way up through the middle of the body to the tongue and jaw muscles.

Isn’t that amazing?

Actually the tongue is potentially more important for core stability than turning on your actual core.

Our core begins deep under the arch with the insertions of the tendons from the lower leg, especially tibialis posterior.

To find its insertion, feel just under the inside arch of the foot, just underneath and forward of protrusion of the navicular bone you can feel a bit over an inch in front of your tibial malleolus on the inside of your ankle.

This point will respond to a soft-but-energy-rich touch that is held, and also to a more firm and direct fascial release. Pressing here can make a flow of feeling run up the fascial line.

So for better core support, spinal, hip and leg strength, you need to work on your tongue posture.

During exercise practice sealing the tongue to the roof of the mouth, this turns on the fascial rudder to the toes. It takes time and you need to work on making the BACK of the tongue connect to the soft palate. More on this to come.

03/08/2023

❤All learning is emotional.❤

When we are in a positive emotional state, we are more likely to be engaged, attentive, and motivated to learn. Positive emotions such as joy, interest, and curiosity can help us approach new tasks with enthusiasm and open-mindedness, which can lead to better learning outcomes.

On the other hand, negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, and frustration can hinder our ability to learn. These emotions can make us feel overwhelmed, distracted, and resistant to new information, which can lead to poor learning outcomes.

One way that emotions impact learning is through our physiological response. When we are in a heightened emotional state, our bodies become more aware, and this can affect our ability to process information. For example, if we are feeling anxious or stressed, our bodies may produce stress hormones, which can make it difficult for us to concentrate and remember new information.

Emotions can also impact learning through our cognitive processes. For example, if we are feeling happy and interested, we are more likely to engage in deep processing, which involves thinking critically about new information and making connections to our prior knowledge. On the other hand, if we are feeling negative emotions, we may engage in surface processing, which involves simply memorizing new information without fully understanding it.

Emotions can impact learning through our social interactions. When we are in a positive emotional state, we are more likely to be open to feedback and willing to collaborate with others, which can enhance our learning experiences. On the other hand, if we are feeling negative emotions, we may be more resistant to feedback and less likely to collaborate, which can hinder our learning.

Many classroom teachers have started to use ‘morning meetings’ or ‘restorative circles’ in which they help students understand their emotions. In this way, they can help students’ well-being and their learning. This routine can also create a sense of belonging and connectedness within a community, which can lead to a more positive and supportive learning environment.

www.behaviorflip.com
https://www.marcbrackett.com/about/book-permission-to-feel/
https://www.edutopia.org/article/building-community-restorative-circles/

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[ID: an older adolescent on a bench is seen with his hand to his forehead, with books beside him on the bench. The words “The three most important aspects of learning–attention, focus, and memory-are all controlled by our emotions, not cognition.” –Marc Brackett, Ph.D. is written on top of the image.]

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The quality of your posture can make a big difference.

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So sweet!

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