Chronic stress is believed to be the root cause of many illnesses. The practice of yoga can help a person self-regulate through the autonomic nervous system, which has both psychological and physical implications. Muscle relaxation and slow breathing stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and the stress hormone, cortisol.
If our body is physically relaxed, we will be able to find a sense of relaxation in our mind, as well. This can assist with stress and emotional regulation, which can lead to resilience and self-efficacy.
The mindfulness component in yoga practice can lead to more focused attention, increased concentration, and change our relationship to how we perceive stressful situations.
The more you practice, the better you’ll be in terms of stress management. Over time, with continued practice, people do report experiencing transformation through a more spiritual aspect of life, finding a deeper understanding of their life's meaning and purpose.
This class will include different types of breathing techniques, physical movement, relaxation techniques, and meditation that may offer a holistic approach to addressing one's levels of stress.
Classes are held Thursday afternoons from 4:00-5:00pm at Bodhi Tree in Athens, OH and online through Zoom. Sign up through www.bodhitreeguesthouse.com, under "class schedule."
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