Module 1

Introduction

This module provides the theoretical basis for the work we will be doing together. I’m often asked why I introduce movement, breath, and meditation in my writing classes. Most see this as a strange approach, maybe a little weird.

This module offers a basic summary of polyvagal theory and the work of Stephen Porges. His research on heart rate variability led him to an understanding of tripartite nervous system dominated by the vagus nerve. Although this may all sound strange and be new to you, walk with me and test what I am presenting by observing yourself throughout the semester.

By the end of this module, you should have a basic understanding of polyvagal theory and how learning to make explicit what is happening implicitly within you is useful as writers, learners, and human beings.