Come and join me on a journey around the Vagus. Learn how to stimulate this integral nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system to improve the functioning of many of the body’s systems and calm and soothe ourself physically and emotionally - to flow, grow and adapt - to surf the wave of life.
Life is a series of challenges from big life changes to those days when you feel you have it all together then suddenly everything hits you at once. Those demands have been likened to surfing a wave and surfing requires FOCUS – catching the right wave, LEARNING – how to get up on that board, BALANCE- staying up and flowing with the wave, ADAPTABILITY – getting back on and trying again each time you fall off.
In this workshop we will explore how our yoga practice can help us navigate between the ups and downs of life’s demands. Our practice will focus on techniques to access, stimulate and tone the Wanderer within us – The Vagus Nerve - a communication super highway which travels though us and relays a nonstop stream of information between the body and the brain. The vagus is key to physical and psychological resilience and plays a major role in our parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for our rest and digest capacities and is a calming and soothing force in our bodies.
It regulates heart and breath rate, most of our organs, and digestive tract. It’s involved in eye contact, facial expressions, controls our voice tone and manages the release of hormones. The management and processing of emotions happens via the vagus between the heart, brain and gut which is why we have a strong gut reaction to intense mental and emotional states. A flexible, as well as a strong vagal response is a necessary component in our body’s ability to relax faster and recover from stressful situations.
This workshop will include:
* discussion and information about the networking systems of our body in relation to our health and wellbeing
* simple breath, mindfulness, movement, self- body work and guided relaxation practices
* most importantly – time to allow space to experience what is present
These practices can have a wealth of positive effects on how we manage taking care of ourself mind, body and spirit.
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