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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It's all about the breath

"Hā ki Roto - Hā ki Waho"  -" Breathe in - Breathe out"

 

Sometimes this simple instruction is all we can do in life and yoga!

"Don't forget to breathe", as a great teacher once told me many years ago.

Sounds simple, but it is the simplest things that can sometimes be the most profound, both in practice, and in practice off the mat- also known as - life!

 

A simple way to tell how you are doing in yoga is- to be aware of your breath.

 

āroa hā = breath awareness ( see how close this is to aro-ha )

 

In our classes the awareness of the breath, the Hā in Māori ( also sometimes known as hau, ngā , manawa and tā to name a few of the words to describe the breath ) is all important, as important as what you do with your body, if not more.

 

Hā also means your essence.

 

The breath is the bridge between our bodies and our mind in yoga. It contains the life force, and links us to our divine nature.

 

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