Sympathetic Nervous System, Tiffany Seibert, Soccer discussed on Patti Vasquez
Music lane is what we're doing. However, we have lots to do on the show tonight. We have lots of things to discuss and we are joined now by phone by Tiffany Seibert who is the founder of a program called cop to yoga, which is a fascinating program. And it is exactly what it says. What it sounds like right? It is bringing yoga and meditation and centering to Chicago police, Tiffany, welcome to the program. Thanks so much for being with us tonight. Thank you, Amy. Thank you. Yeah. Thank you. Thank you for joining us. First of all, how did you even think about bringing this this program about how did this happen? Well, you know, I was I was sitting on my met one morning, and it was right around thanksgiving two thousand fifteen when the violence on the streets was every day on national news. And it just it was like a bell rang. And I said, oh my goodness. The police need to do yoga. So I call that Jay. And they said, you know, one can you come over? And I said, well, you know, whenever it's convenient for you. And they said can you come right now? So that was in the twenty fourth district, which is in my neighborhood. And that's really the the beginning of it. And they were very very open to it. And the program has changed a lot, and it's evolved into what it is now, which is basically a seven minute meditation after roll call. So that's where we are. You know, it started out on match and it evolved into just yoga breath meditation. While the cops are just sitting at the roll call to lasting they do before they get into the car and. And they really like it. It's it's worked incredibly well. Well, you mentioned that that it was really well received. And I think we think of cops being these like tough, you know, non emotional like yoga would not be something that would necessarily be something a cop will be open to. But but it sounds like that was not the case. Right. Yeah. Well, you know, I mean, it's not across the board. It's not one hundred percent. But it's it's close to one hundred percent because it's very straightforward. I'm as far as you know, yoga. There's no soccer talk. It's it's super bullet point. And and and as a result, they get it because it's evidence-based, you know, I'm telling them exactly what what's happening that. They're activating sympathetic nervous system. Responser activating the underclass, and this has this particular now chemical effect, and so they're on board with that walk us a little bit more slowly through that. But you just put a lot of multi syllable words out there. I've got I got my dictionary open, but I couldn't get to all of them quickly enough. But it's true as their science behind the. Thank that. These things can have when your stress hormones, especially when you're Trenton, pumpkin. What does the science behind this? Exactly. So what they're experiencing each day is just the unknown and unknowable. So that in itself is stressful. And then you back it up with the actual seeing. Right. You're going from a Bank robbery to barking dog to maybe a domestic dispute everything in between. So they are in cider flight a lot. So kind of almost like a PTSD state and long deep breathing which is exactly what we start with. It's activates the sympathetic nervous system, which stops the production and flow of the stress hormone that flood the system during fighter flight or sympathetic near the system. So it just brings you back to center says like the antidote, and so that's the first thing. And that's the easiest thing. So that's the first rats work on then we we go into a second breath work, which is a deeper com. So we're just really breeding on the left side long tape reading on the left side. And so that takes them deeper. What's different? I think about this census breathing is that we're focusing a game in the middle of the forehead, which is a specific energy center in controlling the yoga in yoga in in particular that that activates the under consistent. And so the pressure on the patisserie gland Glen, this is forcing these lands to secrete and create an overall sense of balance and censoring, and it ends up. Really just that's where the neurochemical change happens. And so there's really no way and they're feeling one hundred percent whole again after this. So there is a little bit of Socrates talk, right? Shock. Yeah. How were you able yet? Then something this involved into seven minutes because this forty minutes. How do you get all of this goodness down to seven minutes and still allow it to be affected? Well, it's affected really pretty much after about three minutes. So that's all it takes. And so when someone says, well, you know, I really can't do this because looking at my phone, and like, you know, what you're inhaling an exiling anyway. Right. Yeah. Right. So if you just yeah, if you say I'm going to just for the next three or four minutes. Do this spend you really doing something? Good for yourself that has a benefit that you feel and what are the results that you're seeing so far? I'm seeing people walking out really really grateful for this. You know, saying thank you a whole lot. You know, which is really really nice that they're saying gosh, I feel so much better. And starting my shift on a high note when we are in really intense situation, it helps prevent tunnel vision. You know, which is these guys are dealing with the whole lot of stuff. Right. And it helps them to prepare for stress, and it helps them to recover for stress stress. So it's going good before during an after. And what I've tried to drill into them as far as you know, folding into this building this ended their techniques that when they're walking from the car to the door when they're walking from the door to the door of their house when they're walking wherever they are to just take a few deep breaths to keep even within their days. So it's not so jagged. You know what I'm saying? And and so I, you know, I see a lot of police all over the place in my neighborhood. And I stopped them all the time. And so, of course, they see me they swear that they're breathing. You know, so. It's a good reminder. But, but they are you know, what I've got cards that they've got that have all the curriculum on it. And I think that slowly. But surely because I'm a broken record. I'm just saying breed all the time. And so that starts to sink, and that's how we learn by repetition. We're talking to Tiffany cyber the founder of cop to yoga, and she teaches police officers how to breathe collect themselves before they have to go out there, and and do their jobs in most of us don't have jobs as intense as police officers. But what can I dunno talk show host dude de-stress were shows, what are some steps that we can say that are pretty easy better. Walk us through some of the things that you talked about. So we can get these soccer as well. I think one of the best things that you can do. And it's super simple is long deep breathing. So breathing inhaling an ex hailing in and out of your nose and what you're doing. When you do not is. Is breathing into the belly. Chest neck had all the way up and all the way down. And by the time, you get to your second inhale, you realized that your breath has naturally deepened. So you're activating sympathetic nervous system naturally. This is not a belief where people are saying gosh, I don't believe in yoga magnitude is this is biology. This is yoga science. This is how we're built we just were not top this from you know, in school when we were four years old five years old. This is how we're built. And this is why it works. It never doesn't work. So if I'm gonna use a double negative heritagest underscore, the fact that it does work it always works period. So as someone that's working in your stressed out. Everybody's stressed out. Everybody has different stresses. If you just take a couple of minutes, debris every hour every couple of hours when you think about it long deep breathing into your belly into, you know, all the way up that's. Thing that works. We just did it just now. Both took this giant breath. We did it. Yeah. Is it always works? So the thing is it's just. Doesn't work. Powerful about the double negative. That's right. Yeah. Tiffany what you're doing is. So very important, especially right now, we're seeing headlines like just the other day we saw about a headline about an officer who had taken her own life. And we're seeing the impact of these kinds of stresses on on people doing this work. And it's so very important to you know, to be able for anyone in any field, especially in in a field that literally as a matter of life and death with every decision to be able to have that kind of center, and that kind of recovery from stress, right? Yeah. I I agree. I certainly couldn't do it myself. I mean, it's it's so much stress. But you know, that's the stress on top of just the everyday stress that people have when you know, you're married. You have children you're living in the city, you know, with everything going on in our collective worlds, you know, all the things that we're dealing with. And then to have this on top of it. It is it's a lot. So as an occupational hazard, you know, I think that this needs to be part of. Of just their cysts. And so it's kind of why I started it. I thought it'd be this'll be a really great a great idea for them to have it be part of their eight hours on the job. You know, this is what you need to do to take care of yourself because your job is it's got such corrosive attribute to it you, you know, to you as a human being. So this this helps seventy you've been in working in a couple of different sectors, though. I mean, the business magnate all over the world liberal arts. I mean, your background is extensive. How did you even get into yoga for yourself personally in the first place? Well, I started doing it. When I was eighteen my mom got me into it. And then, you know, moving to Chicago and Amy can tell you certainly got so many amazing teachers here, and so I started studying at pre yoga with Santa's Aleman I studied. With Paula white. Just you know sucked to car at a yoga in the loop. Amazing amazing teachers that are real guides for me. And so, you know, you just want to do all the time. So there was a point where I was doing, you know, taking nine yoga classes a week and that was a bit radical. And so I'd like breathing for a living is that what you're telling us kind of breathing for a living. Yeah. I wouldn't oppose for a living. I suppose her. So that I really thought gosh, I really want to do this for myself. I wanted to take a teacher training for myself because I liked it so much, and it was so helpful and believe he really spoke to me 'cause it the true basis. Kindling yoga is said, it's just ancient yoga science. So that's why this works, and that's what I found to be kinda the most direct route and effective in the shortest period of time. You steal these texts from it. I love that. I'm cure bar junkie. I mean, I do that for like hardcore exercise, but that was no joke that is what was here bar. What's you're going you're doing? Uh-huh. What is this? I'm scared. If you put like, very, heavy duty, ballet and aerobics and Pilates together. That's pure bar and push ups in boot camp stuff. Yeah. Yes. No joke. Okay. I thought it was going to pass out the first time. I went there. Like if this is your first time, take it easy. I was like, I'm very thank you. And then five minutes later. I was like I'm going by. Hi, Tiffany, just hold on one second. We're going to go to break. So Andy can give me a crash course in push. But what can we do this like in the break? Can you show me some things, and then we post on Twitter us up? Why did I just sign myself up this use your idea, man?.