Hi everyone, my name is Amanda Leaveck and I’m the host and creator of this course! I wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself.
My love for the human body began during my college career where I graduated with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in dance. In addition to my college background in neuroscience, I graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in 2017, where I focused on the integral relationship between connective tissue and the nervous system.
Through formal education, independent studies, hands-on work with clients, and over a decade of teaching yoga and dance, I developed a deep understanding of the profound effects that our thoughts and emotions have on our chemistry and our lives. I have experienced the detrimental effects of living in a state of chronic stress in my own life, and am passionate about guiding people towards discovering their own unique paths towards homeostasis, or balance.
While it’s important to understand science, I believe it’s even more important to maintain a sense of reverence for what we don’t know. That’s where ‘magic’ comes in. Essentially, I’m a brain geek who deeply honors the inherent mystery, intelligence, and magic that lies within our brilliant human bodies.
I hope you enjoy this course, it is designed to take you through a tour of your nervous system so that you feel more ease in your body and your life.
It is unrealistic to think that we can cut every single stressor out of our life.
I mean, would we even want that? Healthy stress can actually help us grow! Our brilliant human bodies have evolved in extremely intelligent ways to be able to respond to life threatening stressors effectively and quickly! However, in our modern day society we are constantly faced with a constant influx of small stressors (ie. emails, negative thought patterns, deadlines, etc) with no time for recovery. Our bodies haven’t evolved yet to effectively respond to this type of stress in a healthy way. We can choose to fall victim to the hormones of stress, or we can take steps to understand their influence within us and find ways to consciously interact with them. We can learn to adapt in the face of adversity. We can build resilience.
Week 1: LEARN (Lesson + Review) – I suggest completing the review immediately after the lesson, as this will help seal the information into your neural pathways. Set aside a 1-2 hour chunk of time to focus on this content.
Week 2: REFLECT – set aside an hour of time to fill out the Stress Resiliency Reflection guide (except for questions #3 & 4) and the Stress Resiliency Activity. You could also split it into several days and complete one question every day. You’ll probably end up completing the Stress Resiliency Activity slowly throughout the week, writing down stressors as they present themselves to you.
Week 3: APPLY – Complete Stress Resiliency Meditation 1x a day, either upon waking or before bed, for a full week. Review the content from Week 1 by re-watching the Lesson and reading through your notes in the Review Guide.
Week 4: INTEGRATE – Set aside 3-5x to practice the Stress Resiliency yoga class. Schedule these classes into your routine and stay committed to your practice! At the end of the week, use the Stress Resiliency Toolkit to create a daily plan (questions #3 & 4 of the Stress Resiliency Reflection Guide) that will help you build stress resiliency into your daily schedule moving forward.
Congratulations, you are finished with the course! Take some time to review and reflect on all that you have learned.
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