We are so conditioned to meet life full throttle either running towards or away from just about everything.
As such our system kicks into gear, and for most up us in adulthood, stays predominantly activating the Sympathetic Nervous System. The body prepares itself to transfer Thought into Action. If your thoughts are stressful or fear-based, you are physically tense and ready to pounce.
This interferes with the normal tonic rhythm of the muscles by keeping them in a high state of tension, which continually drains energy from the body and mind.
The adrenaline boost into the bloodstream that is hugely useful during emergencies, as it causes contraction of the muscles, constrictions of blood vessels, increases heart and respiratory rates; is not so dandy long term.
Side effects can include organic malfunctioning of the endocrine system (diabetes, sexual sterility- this will get you all on the mat, strokes ....), digestive ailments compounded further by hasty eating habits and weakened immunology.
As a science yoga is based on studies of both external surroundings of life at large, and the illumination of internal discoveries. Observing animals and children they deeply rest and restore.
It’s only from a relaxed state that we heal and practical, creative solutions more readily present themselves and are easily discerned.
Yoga offers effective and simple relaxation techniques that helps draw you over and ease into the Parasympathetic Nervous System to feel wholly harmonious.
So Let Your Hair Down.
AWAKE Yoga Studio focuses on the therapeutic benefits of yoga.
Reference: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Yoga Publications Trust, India.