Fall in love with your breath - yoga for stress

 

More and more people are coming to yoga for help with stress management... 

 

What is it about yoga that makes it an option for helping with stress ? 

 

Some of the ways yoga helps with stress are;

  1. Breathing 
  2. Movement 
  3. Meditation 
  4. Relaxation 
  5. Meaning 

 

Today we are looking mostly at breathing to alleviate stress. This starts with becoming aware of your breath. This is simple yet profound and often enough for many people to feel calmer. 

 

There are two parts of the autonomic nervous system, the parasympathetic- “rest and digest “- and the sympathetic- “fight - flight -freeze “. 

 

Our bodies respond to life threatening events by releasing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol , blood is pumped away from the centre of the body to enable the limbs to run, or fight the danger, it is all about survival and an important part of the survival mechanism. However our bodies don’t...

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The gifts of a mindful yoga practice

 

 

I have often been asked what do I receive from my yoga practice? It's a great question because it reminds me of the reasons why I practice, and teach, so that others can also receive the gifts yoga has to offer.

 

Different people receive different gifts from their practice, but it is definitely worth reflecting and asking - what do you receive?

 

Over the years I have been teaching and sharing yoga, many people have experienced some form of healing through yoga. Sometimes subtle, sometimes profound,  so it is not an easy question to answer, because it is different for many people.

 

I feel like there is always so much we are going through as human beings. And it can't be avoided if we are living, breathing, interacting, working, raising families, caring for ourselves and others. 

 

We have had things happen to us throughout life, positive experiences and negative experiences, some that helped us to grow,  some that...

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