Practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness are some of the best strategies we can utilize to regulate our internal bodily systems. It's so very imperative for our wellbeing that we figure out how to rev ourselves up and calm ourselves down. Yoga holds the secret to this regulatory game simply by the poses (asana) that we practice. Once our systems are working properly, deepening into the spiritual and often magical aspects of the practice happen naturally. Check out the chart below:
In other words, forward folds and twists support our ability to kick our body into detox and chill out mode. Balasana (child's pose) or a simple twist are great ways to implement these benefits. I like to have students hang out in these poses for a little bit more time. It simply allows for the body to get the time it needs to sink into deep relaxation mode. Also, when you are looking to perk things up, get yourself into a backbend (bridge pose
for example) or half moon for a lateral opening. Enjoy <3. ~ Liz Myers
Renowned family therapist, Viginia Satir said, “we need 4 hugs a day to survive, 8 hugs to keep us as we are, and 12 hugs to grow”. Hugs are not only so lovely to receive, they have been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce cortisol (that nasty stress hormone) and they assist in the release of that feely good hormone, dopamine (Sumioka,H. et Al, 2013). If you can, hang out with the hug longer than a few seconds. Give your body and being the time it needs to soak in all of it's goodness. Wishing you all a summer filled with happy safe huggable moments.
Sumioka, H. et. Al. (2013) Huggable communication medium decreases cortisol levels. Nature; 3: 3024.
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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