Behind the laptop and Instgram account of a forward thinking entrepreneur there is a bookshelf and list of podcasts that constantly produce inspiration. Whether my resources come from a book I snagged off my mom’s shelf, or a friend’s referral, new information has the potential to create fresh motivation and keep things progressing in my teaching.
My latest obsession has been neuroscience and meditation. Each provide mind blowing insights into human behaviour, and when combined, the possibilities seem endless. At the same time they make me feel human again, like everything I’m thinking is happening for a reason. I’m about ten years behind in this field, finally catching up on “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor.
Reading about neuroscience can quickly turn into reading about trauma, which is my next favourite topic. “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Van Der Kolk has become my go-to resource on anything mind-body related. I read his book earlier in 2016, but over the holidays I re-read it, inserting almost one hundred sticky notes and highlighter marks. This research has been one of the driving forces behind my inspiration for Mindful Strength.
After spending so much time in my mind, reading about the mind, things eventually have to come full circle back to the body. “Fascial Release for Structural Balance” by Thomas Myers and James Earls is perfect for the non-formal anatomy enthusiast. The way these men talk about fascia and the nervous system is inspiring for anyone with a manual therapy or movement perspective.
In the world of somatic practitioners, my recent favourite book is “Somatic Coaching” by Richard Strozzi-Heckler. His book outlines where certain ideas about coaching come from, and how in some cases being completely rational can have its downside. This book is a great introduction for any teacher, coach or practitioner looking for an alternative approach.
When doing research on where yoga and practices including gymnastics and calisthenics comes from “The Path of Modern Yoga” by Elliott Goldberg is a must have. This author has collected some incredible information, the history of practice is such an interesting topic.
I’ve recently become a fan of the Stop Chasing Pain podcast with Perry Nickelston. My favourite episode, which I’ve listened to a handful of times is with the revolutionary physiotherapist Diane Lee. Pelvic floor questions? Check this out, enough said.
My last recommendation comes from a friend and colleague, Michael Stone. His podcast, Awake in the World is a simple account of meditation and buddhism in the real world, for real people. The episodes that really moved me were with Somatic Experiencing trauma specialist Molly Boeder Harris. Especially as a movement teacher, I think this knowledge is a must-have.
I hope this inspires some new reading/listening choices, I would love to hear what you come up with!