In this three-part series, I wanted to speak about revitalizing your nervous system and brain in a fun and ‘memorable’ way.
Any conversation about the health of your brain and preventing degeneration needs to be about Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the science of how your nervous system, your mind and your brain can learn, repair themselves, stay active and avoid loss of function for as long as possible.
One of the best ways to improve your Neuroplasticity is through complex movement. Sports, hobbies, and practices that keep you active and invested in your Mind/Body interactions and interconnections are a good start. If you want to maximize your Neuroplasticity, you will benefit from a combination of as many of the below opportunities as possible.
- Standing or Moving Meditation
- Deep Stretching
- Resistance Training
- Prolonged Stillness
- Regular Complete Silence (or natural sounds like rain falling)
- Anything that includes or combines Dancing, Singing, and Music
Standing or Moving Meditation practices like Qi gong, Tai Chi, and Yoga are popular approaches to reconnecting with your body, posture and breath. By staying on your feet, feeling into your alignment and posture you are putting a natural load on your skeleton and nervous system. By adding gentle and precise movment you are activating deeper parts of your instinctual nervous system which remind your stress hormaones that you are an apex predator, or other kind of wild animal. Think of this opportunity as your bodiy’s happy place.
I will discuss the other opportunities in Part Two, Maximizing Neuroplasticity.
Before we get into all of the details, we should about what happened to the Koala and how they can help warn us about the biggest brain challenges in modern life.