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Do you run from obligation to obligation, doing this and doing that, taking care of commitments, responsibilities, and chores on your endless to-do list? Are you exhausted from overdoing? Running out of time and energy?
Can’t find time for you?
Do you believe that you have to wait until you're less busy to live a balanced life? ... You don’t!
We live in a culture where busyness is exalted. Overwork is admired. Constant connectivity has ratcheted up the expectations placed on us, by others and ourselves. But, chronic busyness takes a serious toll. Forty decades of stress research has shown that when stressors (negative events, chronic strains, and traumas) are measured comprehensively, their damaging impacts on physical and mental health are substantial. Being chronically busy and stressed taxes our nervous system and impairs our brain’s functioning.
Stress both begins in the brain and affects the brain, as well as the rest of the body. Stressors have a major influence upon mood, our sense of well-being, behavior, and health. Brain regions such as the prefrontal cortex (higher-level thinking) and the limbic regions (responsible for emotions and memory) respond to acute and chronic stress and show changes in morphology (structure) and chemistry. Stress and other emotional responses are components of complex interactions of genetic, physiological, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect the body’s ability to remain or become healthy or to resist or overcome disease. Research shows that regulated by nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and exerting powerful influences on other bodily systems and key health-relevant behaviors, stress and emotion have important implications for the initiation or progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses.
Perhaps more profoundly, recent research shows that stress actually changes the composition and the functioning of our DNA. A range of recent studies have identified structural changes at specific genes and throughout the genome in association with multiple psychosocial stressors in a process called ‘epigenetic DNA methylation.’ As difficult as it may be to comprehend, these changes can actually be passed down to our offspring and on to future generations.
As a genetics scientist and Professor, it is easier for me to summon those words than it has been to take action to mitigate or curtail the siren call of high expectation in my own life.
Knowing full well that life within the academic pressure- cooker was busy methylating my DNA and wreaking havoc on my immune system, I could not bring myself to sacrifice productivity for peace nor success for sleep. I was sure that if I could just make that next grant deadline, and get my next graduate student graduated, THEN I would have time to restart my formerly healthy lifestyle.
This all began to change when I joined Louise Lavergne’s JoyFull Yoga practice. As Louise pointed out to me, taking the time to care for myself within the context of my life’s obligations was the first and most vital step. Louise’s guidance in class was masterful and fun. It was easy to follow her cueing on exercises which spanned the range from calming to invigorating, challenging to peace-generating. Louise’s classes pack in an exhilarating combination of yoga, dance, voice and movement meditation, as well as sound healing. Surprisingly, I found myself smiling, chanting, singing, dancing, and occasionally even laughing.
Having been a teacher and a Professor for over forty years, as well as a master mentor to young PhDs for the National Institute of Health, I immediately recognized Louise as a truly gifted and masterful teacher. Research on effective teaching demonstrates that students learn best and retain knowledge and technique most effectively when their learning environment is stress- free and fun. Whether studied or intuitive, Louise creates just such an environment in her classes.
I left Louise’s JoyFull studio feeling somehow lighter, maybe even brighter. I left with a sense of empowerment and a smile on my face. Two years later, firmly committed to a journey of self-healing, I still leave her studio refreshed, lightened, more hopeful, and optimistic about my day, my life and, more profoundly, about all life on this earth we inhabit. The demands on my time and the external stressors that surround me have not lessened, but I truly believe that incorporating Louise’s techniques and exercises have helped me to feel more grounded and have allowed me to take better control of how I experience and react to life and therefore how I influence the lives of those around me more positively. As Louise says, “You may not always be able to control external circumstances, but you always have a choice regarding how you meet any situation.”
I was one of the lucky few. Chance, fortune, and proximity led me to Louise’s JoyFull Yoga studio. When Louise gave me the privilege of reading an advanced copy of this, her second book, Do-Do Rescue: The Do-Be-Do-Be-Do-Be Remedy to Help You Thrive in a Crazy-Busy World, I wondered if she could capture in print the clarity and spirit of her live classroom. I am happy to report that she has done that brilliantly. Her gentle, wise voice speaks clearly from these pages. Her light-hearted take on her life’s journey helps the reader to keep life’s dramas in perspective. More than all of that, this book provides the reader with an in-hand, always- accessible reference.
Woven throughout the techniques and practices that Louise gives to you on these pages, you will find Louise’s captivating personal story. Through her life adventures, Louise shows us that although she often seems a ‘goddess,’ she is in fact a real person who lived through and learned from very real problems. You will learn that it was real life, with more than the usual hard knocks, which paved Louise’s own journey to wisdom. When Louise speaks to you on these pages, it becomes clear that she doesn’t have unrealistic expectations for you, she knows all about the do-do side of life and the challenges of transitioning to a Do-Be-Do-Be-Do-Be way of living.
With this book in your hand, you now have an easy-to- follow guide, a ‘toolkit’ packed with clear directions, effective techniques, and simple approaches for establishing your foundational practice. Here, Louise provides you with small steps easily incorporated into a busy day. She gives you helpful suggestions for transitioning into and then maintaining the Do-Be-Do-Be-Do- Be lifestyle. This book is a hard- copy catalogue of the techniques, practices, and even a few healthful recipes that Louise has developed over decades of her own study and practice. You will be able to turn to these pages again and again for reference and motivation.
The combined results of four decades of research has made clear to scientists and health care practitioners like myself that the impacts of stressors on health and well-being are reduced when persons achieve high levels of mastery and self-esteem. With this book, you own an easy-to- follow roadmap to mastery, one that will help you to reclaim your authentic power and improve your confidence and well-being in each moment of your life. With this guide, you too can create a harmonious relationship between your body, your mind, your spirit, your life, and the lives of those around you.
Leslee Parr, PhD
If you’re constantly overloaded with doing and doing, you’ve fallen into “Do-Do Mode.” Do you believe that you have to wait until you're less busy to live a balanced life? ... You don’t!
Author and Wellness Coach Louise Lavergne invites you to invest time in your most precious resource: YOU.
Do-Do Rescue: From Overwhelmed to Thriving; The Do-Be-Do-Be-Do-Be Remedy for you to feel Balanced in a Crazy-Busy-World is filled with reliable, actionable solutions to help you restore your well-being while keeping up with modern-day demands. You don’t have to choose between success and happiness. There is a viable and sustainable way for you to feel good and have it all: a busy, prosperous, healthy life that gives you more JOY.
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