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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 employs a progressive curriculum that combines the lesser-known cognitive aspects of yoga together with its better-known somatic relaxation benefits 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.
BOOTSTRAP'S WEEKLY LESSONS
The BOOTSTRAP curriculum is dispensed in ten weekly modules each containing an animated video lesson together with customized daily yoga and mindfulness practices.
The proprietary system is designed to aid participants in an investigatory process proven to develop resilience and mental and emotional mastery. Best of all, BOOTSTRAP can be performed in less than an hour a day. Lessons include:
Client Benefits include:
Habituated self-care practices
Enhanced self-awareness & introspection
Increased emotional resilience
Improved mental focus
Reduced experiential avoidance
Stimulated parasympathetic response
The BOOTSTRAP Process & the Workings of Stress
Module one begins with an overview of the BOOTSTRAP process and helps clients to understand what to expect together with how the program works to create greater resilience and resistance to relapse.
Mastering BOOSTRAP's Yoga Techniques I
Module two introduces a powerful guided relaxation technique based upon the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra. Called Intentional Restoration in the BOOTSTRAP process, this practice is proven to neutralize stress and diminish reactivity.
Mastering BOOTSTRAP's Yoga Techniques II
Module three focuses on mastering the yoga posture sequence that is used throughout the program. Termed the Recognition Sequence, this series of accessible yoga postures is core to the weekly investigatory process.*
What's on the Screen (the non-negotiable now)
Module four begins the formal BOOTSTRAP curriculum that focuses on the hidden sources of stress and emotional mastery. In this lesson, we start with an investigation to the unchangeable nature of the present moment.
Drama about the Drama (the futility of resistance)
Module five explores the mental and emotional consequences of going to war with the present moment, a maladaptive mental behavior termed resistance in the BOOTSTRAP system.
Drama and Opportunity (building resilience)
Module six focuses on the creation of a developmental mindset where life's minor obstacles are reframed and used as opportunities for creating greater resilience and harmony with those around us.
Complicating the Plot (the effects of fragmented focus)
Module seven explores the consequences of a chronically fragmented mental focus and provides strategies for creating a calm, focused mental and emotional state.
Focusing on the Screen (developing mental focus)
Module eight explores the practice of Conscious Feeling, a portable practice designed to develop the power of mental focus and neutralize the effects of habitually fragmented attention.
How to Enjoy a Thriller (weathering emotional disturbance)
Module nine introduces the concept and practice of Peaceful Coexistence where clients learn to forge a new and harmonious relationship with the inevitable disturbances that arise in the mind and emotions.
The Tranquil Moviegoer (optimizing progress)
Module ten explores how the very enthusiasm for success can introduce unnecessary stress and challenge into our recovery and provides a proven strategy to optimize progress.
Onward (maintaining health and happiness)
The final module teaches clients how to use the tools and concepts of the BOOTSTRAP system to maintain health and balance for years to come.
*In the BOOTSTRAP yoga system, the posture sequence is designed to do much more than simply stimulate the parasympathetic response. Here we use the postures as a place to conduct our cognitive investigations and behavioral experimentation to identify and neutralize maladaptive mental habits that can trigger stress episodes and relapse.
THE BOOTSTRAP EXPERIMENTS
Each week's lesson is paired with daily practices that lead clients through the three-stage BOOTSTRAP process: Recognize, Release, Restore.
The daily practices are designed to somatically stimulate the parasympathetic response while simultaneously leading clients to become consciously aware of the negative consequences that can be created by unexamined habits of thought and attention.
To accomplish this, BOOTSTRAP employs the four-part N.O.T.E process: Notice, Observe, Try, Experience.
BOOTSTRAP N.O.T.E. Experiment Example
(from Lesson Four: What's On The Screen**)
NOTICE the tendency to act as if what’s on the screen shouldn’t be on the screen.
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 on the screen has no effect on what’s on the screen, 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 on the screen your full permission to be on the screen.
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 of your experience.
When we make space for what’s on the screen, it doesn’t change what’s on the screen, 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.
** The BOOTSTRAP Lessons use the metaphor of life being in many ways like a movie, where in this lesson "what's on the screen" represents what is happening now in the, for now, unchangeable present moment.
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.