Consider this: Trauma, illness, intense and overwhelming experiences, burnout, or feelings of general anxiety or depression may have required you to unconsciously create habits or survival strategies that served you well for a while but may no longer serve you. Releasing what is familiar can feel strange and disorienting but it is a normal response to letting go of the old and creating something new.
You are not broken. There is nothing inherently wrong with you. You are not more flawed than others.
Through the practices of mindfulness, building inner resources, and creating a supportive daily routine, we will identify your strengths, support your unique nature (body/mind/spirit), and build your confidence with inner resources day by day so that you may show up fully in the world no matter what stage of life you are in.
Tools that I use to support your growth and evolution include:
- A non-judgmental and trauma-sensitive space
I create a safe container for you to slow down and go at your own pace.
- Identifying your principles and values and setting boundaries
We use our values to navigate decision-making and boundary-setting every day.
Your body is your vehicle for your brief time on the planet. With a good relationship to your body, you can face any obstacle.
- Breathing practices
If your breathing is disordered, so will be your mind. Regulating the breath regulates the mind and can energize or calm you
- Setting a beneficial structure through daily routine
Our bodies and minds benefit from nourishing structure that provides a sense of grounding and stability each day
- Growing inner resources to absorb beneficial experiences through Positive Neuroplasticity
Our brains are hardwired to sense threats so it's easy to see the negative. When we actively look for and grow the positive, we change our brain function and become more secure, satisfied, and connected
- Learning mindfulness practices to build awareness of mental and physical habits
Awareness is transformative. As you become more aware and accepting of life itself, you also become freer to live with confidence, compassion, love, and enthusiasm
- Building capacity to be with and work with feelings/sensations/blocks/barriers
Becoming less fearful of discomfort frees you to explore your limits, take risks, and try new things
- Developing tools to deal with feelings and sensations without suppressing, repressing, numbing, or abandoning oneself
Learn how to see things from different angles and perspectives. Not everything is as it appears.
- Using humor, fun, and play whenever possible
We can all benefit from having more fun, laughter, and play in our daily experience. As you become more aligned with your true nature, these qualities arise spontaneously!
My Story: Stacey Royce (she/her) Trauma-sensitive yoga therapist and dancer
I have long had a passion for dance. I hungered to learn and grow and be the best dancer that I could be but the bar that I had set for myself was a moving target that I could never reach. I worked tenaciously and militantly to improve and achieve my goals. I was proud of my fiery discipline and stamina because this is what was revered in the world of dance. I was unconsciously influenced by both societal and dance "rules" and I used discipline as a piercing tool of self-recrimination but also as a shield from criticism, blame, or shame from others. Once sharp self-criticism, the "not good enough" mantra, and intolerance of mistakes hijacked me, there was no way to win and it led to profound exhaustion and burnout. I suffered in silence with my "deepest, darkest secret" of not being good enough. I only spoke about it to a select few and everyone was surprised to hear about my lack of confidence because I hid it well. In the past few years I've become aware of the term Imposter Syndrome, defined as "an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be". The term Imposter Syndrome was coined back in the 70s but ironically it is still not widely talked about because those who suffer from it do so in silence and feel alone.
I do not want anyone else to suffer this silently or alone.
I've made progress, day by day, with a consistent daily practice of changing habits and re-evaluating my values. I feel more aligned with my nature and consequently am capable of handling obstacles and challenges with more strength, flexibility, and balance. Positive Neuroplasticity was instrumental in helping rewire my brain towards beneficial experiences.
We all want a grand breakthrough, a dramatic moment of complete clarity and understanding about the meaning of life and why we are here, but it's rare. Stop wasting time and get into the trenches to do the work because one day you will wake up and realize that your work is paying off. You'll feel lighter, clearer, softer, stronger, more confident, more present and capable of handling obstacles that arise.
I have practiced yoga for 30 years and have been influenced by many teachers and teachings including Alison West in NYC, Sarahjoy Marsh in Portland, Desikachar, Iyengar, Eckhart Tolle, Rick Hanson, and many more.
Certified Yoga Therapist 2016 RYT500
PNT certified teacher 2020 (Positive Neuroplasticity)
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness certification 2021
Dancer for 30 years, salsera for 20 years
When you are ready for something different, your world can transform.