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Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga. For some time, whenever I went to a yoga class, I’d get that feeling you get when you come in part way through a television series.

Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga

I got the gist of the story and was able to go along with with what was happening but it wasn’t until yoga teacher and human movement specialist Simon Thakur explained some details around what I’m choosing to see as ‘the beginning’ of the story that things really started to make sense. The Foundations Of Yoga The foundation stone I discovered I had been missing was the purpose behind all of the postures. Simon Thakur shared that one of the core functions of yoga is about increasing awareness throughout the body with a particularly important focus around the central axis of the body, between the spine and the organs. How to Release the Stress stored in our Bodies. Restorative Yoga Poses for Adrenal Fatigue + Chronic Stress. What poses would you recommend to treat adrenal exhaustion?

Restorative Yoga Poses for Adrenal Fatigue + Chronic Stress

—Loretta Stevens Roger Cole’s reply: By “adrenal exhaustion” I presume you mean the fatigue that comes from being under chronic stress without sufficient recovery. 5 Tips for Attending a Yoga or Fitness Class With PTSD. I recently wrote a piece about my experience in a yoga training where my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was triggered.

5 Tips for Attending a Yoga or Fitness Class With PTSD

Along with the incredible support and feedback from the community, I was honored by many people sharing their own stories of anxiety and PTSD, and asking where and how they could find yoga classes that were safe for them. I answered as many as I could (and please feel welcome to reach out to me and I’ll connect you to my network), but I want to address how to find safe classes and create secure environments so that we can feel confident going into new yoga or fitness related situations. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop in anyone – young, old, military, housewife, yoga student, CrossFit… doer – after they have been exposed to one or more traumatic events, usually involving serious or violent incidents.

PTSD is more common in women than men. Normally, the fight or flight response acts as an indicator to tell us when we really are safe or in danger. The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul. I was delighted when I first came across Liz Koch’s amazing work because it confirmed much of what I’d been intuiting on my own. I had begun to open and close my yoga practise with hip opening poses with the specific intention of releasing tension in my psoas and hip flexors. I’d breathe and imagine tension flowing out of constricted muscles to be released as energy into the torso. It worked, I’d feel my body soften yet somehow grow stronger. Release Tension in the Psoas. Remember a morning when curling up into a ball and pulling the covers over your head seemed the only reasonable response to the upcoming day?

Release Tension in the Psoas

Contraction into the fetal position may seem like one of the less debilitating responses to stress, but it’s rarely an option—at least not one with a satisfactory result. Nevertheless, part of the stress response hardwired into our nervous system is the contraction of the major flexors of the torso—somewhat like the response of a caterpillar if you poke it with a twig. A verbal jab from a co-worker, the close call on the freeway, a long-standing argument with your spouse, free-floating anxiety—all of these elicit a contraction in the flexors. Yoga for Healing: Why Western Doctors Are Now Prescribing Yoga Therapy. With a growing body of research proving yoga’s healing benefits, it’s no wonder more doctors—including those with traditional Western training—are prescribing this ancient practice to their patients.

Yoga for Healing: Why Western Doctors Are Now Prescribing Yoga Therapy

6 Ways To Instantly Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve To Relieve Inflammation, Depression, Migraines And More - In the article, the writer depicts the experience of a lady who experienced extreme, incapacitating rheumatoid joint pain and her inevitable treatment with a gadget which minimized irritation by basically fortifying the Vagus nerve.

6 Ways To Instantly Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve To Relieve Inflammation, Depression, Migraines And More -

What this implies, is that by initiating the vagus nerve which lives up to expectations through the parasympathetic sensory system, we can enormously impact irritation and the resistant framework. The part of the mind on body aggravation can be significant. On the off chance that you experience the ill effects of digestive dissentions, hypertension, melancholy or any incendiary condition, please read on. Yoga Asanas For Chronic Back Pain Relief! {Infographic} Is persistent back pain hindering your daily chores and activities?

Yoga Asanas For Chronic Back Pain Relief! {Infographic}

Try some yoga asanas that help strengthen, lengthen and provide flexibility to your spine. No more popping toxic pills or enduring painful therapy sessions. [Read: Yoga for sciatica Pain Relief ] Here’s a list of Yoga asanas, posted earlier at, specifically designed to relax your back muscles and supporting nerve cells. Yoga Expert Reveals Life-Changing Health Benefits of Deep Breathing, Including Improved Focus, Peaceful Sleep and Tension Relief. By Isabelle Z, Natural News (NaturalNews) As we turn to any number of external sources to deal with what ails us both physically and mentally, it is easy to overlook some of the simpler solutions that are literally right under our noses.

Yoga Expert Reveals Life-Changing Health Benefits of Deep Breathing, Including Improved Focus, Peaceful Sleep and Tension Relief

One powerful method of healing is something we do all the time, without giving it a second thought. In fact, you are certainly doing it right now: breathing. 10 Yoga Poses That Fend Off Stress During the Holidays. Stress and fatigue are often unwelcome guests during the holiday season.

10 Yoga Poses That Fend Off Stress During the Holidays

Stress might join you while cooking a holiday meal, decorating your house in preparation for a party, or shopping at a crowded mall. Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain, Calm Anxiety and More. 12 Yoga Moves to Overcome Anxiety. Prana Vayu Practice Photos. Browse All Yoga Class Videos: Yoga Twists for Energy. The Practice: This standing twist sequence will open your upper back, leaving you refreshed and energized.

Yoga Twists for Energy

Do the sequence on its own or use it to prepare for a longer backbending practice. Mind-Body Benefits: Spending hours at a time sitting at a desk can take a toll on your posture: Your shoulders slump, your head tips forward, and your circulation stagnates. This sequence counteracts hunched posture and gets the blood flowing. This practice includes challenging poses, so work steadily at your own pace. When you finish, you should feel stronger, more open, and more empowered. Yoga Breathing Exercises - Pranayama. Yoga breathing exercises, which are called pranayama in Sanskrit, may be done in association with yoga poses or just while sitting quietly. Here are some of the most common types of yoga breathing exercises and their benefits. Introduction to Pranayama Breathing ExercisesExplanation of pranayama and instruction for calming and invigorating breathing exercises.

8 Simple Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day. It's not always easy to get to yoga class. Whether it's a late night at work or something else, we get it; sometimes that hour of downward dogging just doesn't happen. There's no reason not to strike a few poses throughout the day, though. Yoga and Chakras. The chakras are seven energy centers in the body, that are powered by the life force called prana. In most people, these chakras are blocked. Kundalini yoga helps us unblock these chakras to enable energy to rise up our spine, uplifting and invigorating our body and mind. Read on to learn the connection between yoga and chakras in this article.

Alan Watts talks about the art of meditation and why it is important to practice it, especially in the civilized world.