Working with Harvey and the MindStrong crew has been an amazing experience so far. Learning about breath work, heat and cold exposure, and various movements has given me a whole new outlook on how I train and think. Through this process I’ve been able to learn so much about health and wellness and how important it is as an athlete to understand your true nature and physiology. Joining the MindStrong team is a must for anyone looking to enhance their everyday life and performance!
Training the breath with Harvey Martin and The MindStrong Project has been a major component to my growth the last couple years. Understanding more of what the breath does to our biology has opened many doors and helped me to continue tapping into my humanistic potential. The most exciting part is that I feel I am just getting started.
After deciding that the effects of breath work was something I wanted to pursue, I’ve been able to incorporate it into my routine and have seen great improvements physically and mentally because of this “tool”. Working with Harvey has built a foundation of confidence within my performance, recovery and mindset. I’ve been able to use different protocols in and out of season that have given me an even greater understanding of the benefit of “the breath”. From working on controlling my breath in the sauna, cold tubs or in the weight room I’ve been able to carry all these experiences onto the ice.
Countless players talked about how much he [Harvey] had helped them in their careers. I was curious of anyone in human performance coaching and making that big of an impact. “What is this guy saying to the athletes?” I would often wonder. After nearly a year of hearing about him I decided to see for myself first hand what he was doing. The two weeks I spent with Harvey opened my eyes to a huge aspect of what I had been reluctant to use in my own practice…we have to be aware of our own human nature first before we can access our mental and physical abilities at the highest level. His art works for people because it taps into the most primal sense of ourselves. It’s about who we/athletes are at our core and what we know we need to become.
The human mind and body as an organism is meant to be stressed. It is our great gift to learn how to adapt and evolve ourselves. Since the beginning of time we have adapted and used stress to do that. We are the only species on the planet that voluntarily place stress in front of us to become stronger. Whether that’s reading, learning or studying to improve our minds or lifting, running and swimming to improve our body we have the ability to better ourselves. With this comes great freedom. However, we have to take the responsibility to invite positive stress into our lives. As the stoic philosophy strongly suggest, we should live in accordance with nature.