Sweet and Fierce and the New Movement of Heart Rate Variability Yoga (that Danielle Hoogenboom and I have just created :-)

If you missed Sound Salutation on the 4th of January, and the following ones, well, sorry, you have missed out on something. But there is hope for you. Tomorrow the 1st of February 2016 there is another one.


Sound Salutation is “an epic sound-powered yoga experience at Fortune Sound Club” by Danielle Hoogenboom and it’s more of an art performance than a yoga class. Monday the 8th of January, there was sound so deep to move you and Danielle was so incredibly talented as she directed us into her poetic and imaginative world.


But Sound Salutation is more than this.


It is a neuro-psycho-physiological-based intervention on well-being. It is actually Heart Rate Variability training. And we were so inspired after it that Danielle and I have made into one of the modules for our educational project: YOGA for the BRAIN.


SO what it Heart Rate Varability?


HRV is a complex concept to explain, but be assured that we will hear more and more about this fundamental biometric. A simple definition is that it s a measure of the variation of the heart beats intervals. It measures how much the heart, and therefore the autonomic nervous system, is capable at responding to the environment and its constant changes. Constantly, events outside of us or thoughts inside of us demand that our heart rate speeds up or slows down to adjust.




Heart Rate Variability is in fact about self-regulation. HRV is not just about relaxation. It is our ability to negotiate stress, to bounce back in face of adversities. And it is trainable.


There is now quite strong scientific evidence of its importance in terms of physical and psychological well-being. When I started my career in the field of psychology, assisting a team of psychologists at a Premiere League soccer team, the data collected there, was more than promising. The higher the athletes’ HRV, the better their performance on pitch.


Everything about that night @ Sound Salutation would inspire our nervous system to constantly speed up and slow down, to be present and committed, and yet not to be too serious, to be strong but also light, to be fierce and sweet at the same time.


All of this was, and is, Heart Rate Variability training.


As I practiced on my mat, I was delighted at how Danielle’s language was neuro-scientifically appropriate. And so powerful.


That's why this combination between Danielle’s talent with movement and leading a class and my knowledge in terms of psycho-physiology and psychology has become an educational project. In our workshop, soon to become an extensive training course, we speak about the science behind heart rate variability and then we get to practice it!!! HRV training makes you feel alive, fresh, inspired. It makes you feel good!


So if you were not there that evening when Danielle guided us into being both fierce and sweet, or if you did not take part to our YOGA for the BRAIN workshop, too bad for you, but there are possibilities for redemption: one is to come to the next Sound salutation event 

and the other one is to come this summer to another YOGA for the BRAIN, our workshop on neuro-science, physiology, trauma, movement and fun. Info to come soon!!


You have been warned. 







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