for ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMS
THREE PILLARS of BOOTSTRAP
It's no secret that effectively managing our thoughts, emotions, and the stressors of daily life are central to a well-established recovery—and to creating life skills that reduce the incidence of relapse.
That's why the BOOTSTRAP approach moves beyond most yoga and mindfulness programs and employs a progressive curriculum that combines the lesser-known cognitive aspects of yoga together with its better-known somatic relaxation benefits.
The process has been proven to engage clients in creating greater resilience and forging important habits of self-care. The process is built around three pillars:
BOOTSTRAP uses customized COGNITIVE INVESTIGATIONS, to help clients explore the maladaptive habits of thought and attention that can create stress and incidents of mental and emotional disturbance.
BEHAVIORAL EXPERIMENTS are combined with yoga and mindfulness practices to give clients first-hand experience of how minor alterations in thought and attitude can yield monumental shifts in wellness and empowerment.
SOMATIC RELAXATION TECHNIQUES relieve physical tension, soothe mental distractions, and calm the overactive sympathetic nervous system to leave both body and mind relaxed and reinvigorated.
Unlike most yoga programs, BOOTSTRAP moves beyond the rote performance of yoga and mindfulness techniques to include a rich process of self-exploration and discovery.
Our curriculum elements engage clients in special cognitive investigations to explore and neutralized habits of thinking and belief that unnecessarily hinder the process of healing and recovery.
Each week, clients receive a new lesson highlighting one pillar of BOOTSTRAP’s recovery curriculum. The lessons are paired with customized daily yoga practices that are performed in daily sessions.
Client Benefits include:
Habituated self-care practices
Enhanced self-awareness & introspection
Increased emotional resilience
Improved mental focus
Reduced experiential avoidance
Stimulated parasympathetic response
These daily practices are designed to accomplish three objectives:
Stimulate the parasympathetic response to restore balance to the overtaxed sympathetic nervous system.
Introduce a range of mind-body wellness techniques and solidify regular habits of self-care.
Lead clients through a behavioral experimentation process developing awareness of the negative consequences created by unexamined habits of mind as highlighted in the week’s lesson (see BOOTSTRAP experiments below).
THE BOOTSTRAP EXPERIMENTS
One of the most powerful aspects of the BOOTSTRAP system are the daily experiments that are conducted in tandem with traditional yoga and meditation practices.
In the BOOTSTRAP system, the yoga posture sequence, called the Recognition Sequence, is used as a kind of laboratory where maladaptive habits of thought and attention are recognized, experienced, and neutralized.
To accomplish this, BOOTSTRAP employs the four-part N.O.T.E process: Notice, Observe, Try, Experience.
Where the client is prompted to notice a specified maladaptive habit of thought or attention.
Where the client is led to connect with the immediate negative consequences of the specified habit in mind, body, and emotion.
Where the client is invited to adjust the habit from the maladaptive pattern to a more healthy pattern.
Where the client is directed to feel the immediate and significant improvement in their experience of the same situation as a result of the adjusted behavior.
The N.O.T.E. Process is inspired by the scientific method and is designed to create two back-to-back experiential experiments:
NOTICE and OBSERVE is a kind of control experiment demonstrating the consequences of the default behavior.
TRY and EXPERIENCE represents a secondary experiment wherein a single variable of thought or behavior is altered yielding a new result.
This approach helps clients obtain immediate, first-hand experience of the consequences of typically unexamined patterns of thought and behavior together with sampling the power that is within reach to achieve an improved state.
BOOTSTRAP N.O.T.E. Process
Note: from the lesson "Resistance is Futile" which highlights the immutable nature of each moment and the consequences of unconsciously battling "what's happening now."
NOTICE the tendency to act as if what's happening now shouldn’t be happening.
As you move through the postures of the Recognition Sequence, you’ll come up against a variety of experiences that you may be convinced should be different from how they are:
"My hamstrings shouldn’t be so tight."
"I should be able to balance better than this."
"This sequence is taking forever."
OBSERVE how your opinion about what's happening now has no effect on what's happening now, at least for this moment.
All the complaining, criticism, and frustration in the world can have no effect on what you’re experiencing in this moment. Watch and see.
TRY giving what's happening now your full permission to be as it is.
Give your hamstrings permission to be tight. Give yourself permission to be a horrible balancer. Give the sequence permission to take its sweet time. Make space for what’s on the screen. Don’t get confused though, this doesn’t mean you should give up. It means to do your best while giving what’s on the screen permission to be here, at least for this moment.
EXPERIENCE the change in your experience even in the midst of the very same circumstances.
When we make space for what's happening now, it doesn’t change what's happening now, but it does change our experience of it. Where before there was irritation, frustration, or anger, now there’s more okay-ness with the moment.