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284: How to Befriend Your Nervous System for Mind-Body Balance Using Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Deb Dana

By February 21, 2023No Comments

Do you feel anxious, stressed, or disconnected from your body?

The sad thing is, I think a lot of us do without even realizing it. “Stressed, anxious, and depressed” has become the new baseline for a lot of people.

So why are so many of our nervous systems out of whack?

There’s a really interesting theory called Polyvagal Theory. It’s an approach to understanding our nervous system and how it affects our minds and bodies.

It proposes that our nervous system has evolved to help us navigate social and environmental challenges. And it consists of three primary branches, each of which serves a different purpose and is associated with specific behaviors and physiological responses.

So, how can you use mindfulness to befriend your nervous system and achieve mind-body balance with polyvagal theory?

That’s what we’re talking about today.

Our guest is Dr. Deb Dana. She’s a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma while honoring the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors.

We Will Learn

  • How to listen to our autonomic nervous system.
  • How our connection with other people and the world around us affects our nervous systems.
  • How to anchor our nervous system to guide it back to safety.


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