I am so excited to have my good friend, Dr. Rebecca Harvey join me today to talk about the mind-body connection and the importance of addressing emotional trauma and healing the mind as we’re healing our physical ailments.
One of the things I loved about the nutrition school I attended is that they addressed more than just good nutrition. We also learned the importance of nourishing our body in other ways through positive thinking, stress management, spiritual practice, and an uplifting community.
I’ve really begun to understand first-hand the effects that stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns have on physical health. I see it in my clients too. It’s amazing how the practice of releasing negative emotions, reducing stress, and having a positive outlook can make such a difference.
In my conversation with Dr. Harvey, she explains how we can start to heal our mind and shift our thought patterns through meditation and yoga. She explains what exactly meditation is and the different types of meditation to consider incorporating.
Whether or not you’re dealing with physical illness or discomfort, you will benefit from listening to this video. We all suffer in some way from chronic stress and negative thought patterns. Often times, we don’t even realize it because it’s become so habitual.
Once we learn how to step back, bring awareness to our thoughts, and shift our patterns, we can start to heal and overcome our challenges. Truly, the stories that you tell yourself become your reality. Are the stories in your head serving you or hurting you?
Dr. Rebecca Harvey is a wellness-focused existential psychologist who specializes in providing a highly personalized therapy experience for her private practice clients.
Her work is aimed at improving life satisfaction by reducing stress caused by emotional reactivity and increasing self-compassion. She assists clients with cultivating mind-body connection and offers education on the neurobiology of emotional regulation.
Dr. Harvey’s interest in mind-body connection began in California in 1998 when she began practicing yoga. Her studies in mind-body work began in 2000, at the National Holistic Institute in California, where she trained as a certified massage therapist gaining deeper insight into the impact of emotional trauma on the body and the interplay of somatic illness and mental health.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Pepperdine University. Since that time, she has been an instructor in a variety of fitness formats and currently embodies her passion for balance of physical, emotional and mental health by teaching yoga and group fitness as a hobby.
In August of 2013 she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Dallas Yoga Center, deepening her knowledge of mind-body connection. In addition to her private practice, she runs workshops for individuals interested in beginning or deepening mindfulness meditation practice.
Most recently, she has expanded her efforts by branding a new mindfulness company, Heart Warriors, with which she plans to begin running meditation and yoga wellness retreats in the early spring of 2017.
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