9 Small Ways to Center Yourself

In our first Somatic Insights post, we briefly discussed the parts that make up our Autonomic Nervous System - the Parasympathetic and the Sympathetic Nervous Systems  - along with their functions and roles for maintaining allostasis in the body. To delve deeper into the ways we can access and restore our physiology, we’re sharing a list of nine ways to tap into our Parasympathetic state and replenish mind, body, and spirit.

A Quick Breathing Tip

Did you know that your body’s Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) - which is responsible for regulating your bodily functions such as heart rate + digestion - acts solely from your subconscious, except when you access it through breath? Knowing this and how to access your ANS through simple breathing techniques is an extremely important, transformative tool to have in order to manage your stress response and reset your system.

Asking Yourself the Important Questions

Oscar designed the Thinking Egg - the most successful mindfulness product on Kickstarter to date - as a way to remind himself to slow down and be more mindful. Now thousands of people around the world have the Thinking Egg in their pocket or home. In this episode, we cover the origins of his idea, the decisions he made about materials and getting his idea off the ground. Oscar shares his advice to anyone thinking about Kickstarter as a way to test and launch their mindfulness product idea and we trade thoughts on the state of mindfulness at work, and in schools.

Exercising Your Discomfort

Diana isn’t the kind of health and fitness coach that is going to give you tough love to push you to your limits. She believes in listening to her client’s needs, accommodating her coaching to suit their lifestyle and above all, she believes in mindfulness, harmony and that ‘consistency leads to change’.

Bringing Something Different to the Table

Kai Exos is a writer, singer, musician, co-founder of music label VMP, Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Isobar Canada, passionate space designer, and recently featured in The Financial Times on the Global Top Ethnic Role Models list. Canadian born, Kai has a truly global perspective, yet truly unique narrative. As you might expect, with such a diversely talented human, this conversation explores a lot of ground. Kai shares the inner workings of his mind, how writing grounds all of his work, the role of physical space in his creative process and, of course, music.

The Answers Are In Us

Colin Lieu goes by the moniker 'The Multitasking Yogi' and his mission is to help young people realize their potential. With the support of community, his work makes the tools for self-regulation more accessible to children, especially in under-served communities in New York City. His work allows his students to feel connected and confident in themselves in order to navigate their unique path. Our discussion explores the role of mindfulness in helping children to self-regulate their behaviour and articulate their feelings, the lessons Colin has learned from working with these children, his book and other ways he's empowering children to use mindfulness in their day-to-day as well as why he calls himself a multitasking yogi.

How Am I Serving Today?

Natalie Warner is the co-founder and Creative Director of Greene Street Juice Co, an organic cold pressed juice company, conceived in New York City and then brought to life in Melbourne, Australia. For Nat, the NYC lifestyle was about so much more than the daily grind; she discovered how to work to live, not live to work. It was in NYC that Natalie followed her heart, which led her away from her career as a lawyer, towards a more mindful experience of enriching her mind and spirit and a journey of study in yoga and integrative nutrition. During our discussion, we explore all the layers of how mindfulness has played a role in this journey, and has seen her organic cold pressed elixirs in the hands of celebrities and shared all over Australia.

Understanding the Rhythms of Emotions

In this next episode, I am chatting with Ebenezer Bond. Ebenezer sold his agency, Invisible North, two years ago to pursue a diverse range of projects. He spends his workdays consulting, advising and sometimes investing in AI, sexual wellness, men’s emotional wellbeing, the experiential design community and more. We dive deepest into his work with EVRYMAN, an organization focused on bringing men together to exercise their emotions so they can lead more successful, fulfilling lives. Their goal is to support one million men over the next five years through a community of men deeply committed to emotional wellness.