6 M.A.D. Capabilities to help you be your BEST!
M.A.D. Founder Katherine Mair has spent two decades helping organisations build their capability at an individual, team and organisation-wide level. She has also taught hundreds of people how to leverage the simple, yet profoundly practical and powerful tools of mindfulness and yoga to foster greater balance, manage their energy and unleash their true potential.
She is passionate about uncovering the research that demonstrates the tangible benefits of the tools, techniques and practices that she teaches. It is this combination of research and practice that informs the M.A.D. System as it stands today.
Based on 6 core capabilities, the M.A.D. System is designed to bring out our best.
It’s simple. It’s flexible. It’s eminently practical. And it can be tailored to any organisation, school or environment.
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We help you manage the demands of work, study and life so you can be your best.
Backed by scientific research
MOTIVATE – engage tools to better manage stressors, sharpen focus and re–calibrate to strengthen resilience and improve overall wellbeing.
- Meditation decreases inflammation, the production of stress hormones like cortisol as well as the size of our amygdala (fear center in the brain) while activating the parasympathetic system (relaxation) and increasing the immune response (Dr. Francoise Adan 2014).
- Practicing yoga increases levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain which facilitates relaxation and reduces anxiety (Streeter et al 2007 and 2010).
- Yoga lifts mood, improves sleep, reduces fatigue and stress, lowers cholesterol, and raises quality of life (University of Maryland Review 2010).
- Mindfulness and yoga help lower performance anxiety and significantly reduce the incidence of anger, depression, general anxiety and tension (Khalsa 2005 and 2009)
ACTIVATE – leverage tools to generate energy, foster vitality, build confidence and mental alertness to improve overall productivity and effectiveness.
- Body language can shape mindset and expression with ‘power poses’ shown to lower cortisol (stress hormone) and improve testosterone (associated with confidence and assertiveness) (Cuddy 2012)
- Elevation of the spine activates a bundle of nerves in the brain stem which increases alertness (Hanson 2009).
- Yoga offers a gateway to a more active lifestyle for sedentary and obese individuals (Hainsworth et al 2014).
- In a study of sedentary adults, yoga improved fatigue, self-esteem, and quality of life and decreased depression symptoms (Taspinar 2014).
- Doing yoga helps elevated lower blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors (Dr Patrick Ang 2015).
DIVE IN – tap tools to focus the mind, refine and manage attention, build greater presence and foster connection to elevate impact and unleash your potential.
- Mindfulness stimulates the right brain associated with lateral thinking, creativity and presence (Newberg 2001, 2007 and 2009).
- Meditation increases frontal cortex grey matter associated with working memory and executive decision making (Lazar et al 2005).
- Slow breathing increases oxygenation of the brain resulting in heightened awareness and calm alertness (Olivier and Machliss).
- Regular yoga practice has a positive impact on concentration, cognitive development and academic performance (Peck et al 2009).
- The practice of Yoga techniques enable participants to more proactively manage energy and mood (Robin 2009).
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