Interoception: How plugged in are you to your body and why should you be?
Interoception is the sense of understanding and feeling what is going on inside of your body, it refers collectively to the processing of internal bodily stimuli by the nervous system. Your sense of interoception is what lets you feel if you are hungry or thirsty, hot or cold. It is also what allows you to have a sense of self, of knowing who you are. According to the article “Interoception and Mental Health: A Roadmap” on sciencedirect.com.
“Interoceptive signaling has been considered a component process of reflexes, urges, feelings, drives, adaptive responses, and cognitive and emotional experiences, highlighting its contributions to the maintenance of homeostatic functioning, body regulation, and survival. Dysfunction of interoception is increasingly recognized as an important component of different mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, addictive disorders, and somatic symptom disorders.”
So what happens when your body betrays you and you lose a baby or experience chronic illness or pain? What happens when your body was used to traumatize you and it gets triggered for no apparent reason embarrassing you and leaving you to feel out of control? What happens when you have anxiety or depression and your body feels like the enemy? What happens when you look in the mirror and the body you see is one that you hate.
The answer is, you lose your sense of interoception, you lose your sense of self.
Beautiful and Beloved is beginning an online yoga studio focused on bringing you back to your body. Allowing you to reintegrate within yourself, helping you to really feel all the bits and pieces that make up the whole of who you are. When you lose your sense of self, you lose the ability to feel safe in your own skin. You lose all the things that make you who you are, you lose the purpose of who you are and were meant to be in this world. I would love to help you get yourself back. Join the B&B mailing list using this link and you will find directions for joining the virtual yoga studio and the embodiment classes that will help you get back to your sense of interoception.
Hope to see you there!