179: How to listen to your body – with Irene Lyon (PART ONE)

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I have one simple question for you today… do you know how to listen to your body, so you can give yourself what you really need in this moment? For many of us, it isn’t a simple answer in response. Whether it’s adrenal fatigue, stress, and overwhelm that fogs our ability to make wise choices or something even worse like residual trauma bubbling under the surface, maybe it’s time to get back to the basics, once again.

My special guest today is nervous system specialist Irene Lyon and she’s simplifying how to listen to your body. As a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner, she helps people work through their anger, depression, and better tap into their life force energy. As she puts it, “when you tune up your nervous system, you rev up your entire life.” This is the secret to becoming your own medicine.

Here’s how. 


My special guest today is Irene Lyon and she’s simplifying how to listen to your body.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • Why it’s important to focus on regulating your nervous system first and what the warning signs are when something isn’t right inside your body
  • A few exercises to try that will help you better listen to your body and stabilize your nervous system when you’re stressed
  • What “survival stress” is and how there is a better way to approach our challenges in work and in life, instead of burning out.

While this seems like a simple topic to simplify, I quickly realized there’s really so much more to it. Therefore, I’ve broken this conversation up into two parts, so we can marinate over it all for the next two weeks together.

I want you to pause this episode whenever you like, so you can try out the suggestions that Irene has for us all. Stop the busy-ness and truly listen to your body. What is she trying to tell you right now? What needs to slow down? 

And what do you need to let go of as a healing release?

Remember, whatever you are juggling with right now, you are not alone. I’m here with you, (if nothing else) in spirit. So, I hope that today’s conversation will be a balm for your heart and open up something new and beautiful.

Q: Are you ready to (truly) listen to your body? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and listen to your body this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Online Course: The 21-day nervous system tune-up – Irene Lyon

Resource: CDC-Kaiser ACE Study – the adverse childhood experiences study – CDC

Podcast: How to (actually) keep calm & carry on, featuring Roger Jackson – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to heal from anxiety, featuring Uma Sanghvi – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to squash your limiting self-beliefs – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Irene Lyon

Irene Lyon, MSc – She is a nervous system expert who teaches people around the world how to work with the nervous system to transform trauma, heal body and mind, and live full, creative lives. To date, her online programs have reached over 4000 people in over 90 countries. 

Irene has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical and Health Science and also has a knack for making complex info easy for ALL of us to understand and apply to our lives. She has extensively studied and practiced the works of Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais, Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing) and Kathy Kain (founder of Somatic Practice). Irene spends her free time eating delicious food, hiking in the mountains or walking along the Pacific Ocean in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Where Irene hangs out online:

Website: irenelyon.com 

Instagram: @irenelyon

YouTube: @irenelyon

Facebook: @lyonirene

Irene’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

Irene Lyon

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