Hi, friends -
A couple of weeks ago I announced that my team and I were in the process of soft-relaunching CROCU, a practice I taught internationally for nearly two decades. Today I’m sharing a bit more about CROCU’s approach and framework.
CROCU (pronounced “crow-koo”) is a simple 7-step, body-centered movement practice which helps connect us more deeply to our core — our body’s nexus or center point. In as few as 3 minutes per day, CROCU’s 7-step Alignment Sequence and Core Breath Exercise helps strengthen not only our physical core, but our mental, emotional, and spiritual “cores” as well: our own understanding of our core values, our core purpose, our core missions in life, however we might express them.
CROCU turns the mind/body connection on its head, as it were. Rather than using the “upper” mind, the brain, as a tool influencing the body, CROCU centers the body as our path into wholeness. The physical movements in CROCU’s 7-step Alignment Sequence, when done mindfully, create a process that enables us to access wisdom held within our bodies, opening us to insights into our mental, emotional, and spiritual conditions as well. Over time, as we deepen our relationship to our bodies through CROCU, we can not only access, we can even shape our experience of mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. That last part - the ability to influence our experience of wellness through mindful movement - was a surprise discovery that shifted the entire trajectory of my work.
I have taught CROCU to an unimaginably diverse group of nearly ten thousand private clients and large seminars around the world. The breakthroughs my clients and students experienced as a result of following this simple practice inspire me to this day.
Some of what they reported:
• greater calm and emotional consistency at work and home
• improved mental focus and presence when communicating, especially in emotionally-charged situations
• increased clarity and ease in setting priorities and decision-making
• consistently higher levels of physical energy and stamina
• higher quality of life and appreciation for the value of their time
• improved sense of health, well-being, and integrity in all areas of life
Because the practice was originally developed as a voice technique, I assumed that these breakthroughs were the result of people “finding their voices,” which certainly I think was true. However there were some transformations, and dare I say, even healings which went far beyond, far deeper than a new freedom of self-expression. I later came across some of the rapidly growing body of research into the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Sometimes called the “second brain” the ENS is located in our gut and has a far greater impact on our experience of well-being, safety, and wholeness than was previously believed. Since CROCU’s aim is to help people connect with and activate their “core” which is located in the gut, I dove into the research to try and connect the dots. I will share more on those discoveries in my next blog post.
Back to CROCU. Over the years of my active teaching, I found that certain ideals or principles emerged as helpful tools that could enable my students to go deeper into a mindful approach to the movements of CROCU’s 3-minute daily 7-step Alignment Sequence, the foundation of the CROCU program. Those 7 principles also provide the framework for a 28-day program which we will be making available as an online course later this year.
Here are the 7 body centers and their corresponding principles:
1) FEET -> STABILITY
2) KNEES -> RESILIENCE
3) HIPS -> FOCUS
4) TORSO -> OPENNESS
5) SHOULDERS -> CAREFREENESS
6) NECK -> VISION
7) HEAD -> ALIGNMENT/INTEGRITY
In future blogs I will unpack the significance of each of these principles from mental health, emotional, and spiritual perspectives, and how they relate to each body center as part of the daily practice.
In the meantime, we invite you to hop over to our 28-question self-assessment questionnaire at https://www.icrocu.com/do-you-crocu.html. After responding to each of the statements, you will receive an email which will share a point-based “snapshot” of where you are in relationship to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I hope you find the insights helpful and affirming.
We’re delighted you're on this journey with us. From all of us at Team CROCU, we wish you good core health and joy in living your core purpose.
Yours from the core,