"The mind and body communicate constantly. What he mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of our body."
Dr. Herbert Benson
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Holistic Living: Mind Body Spirit
A Holistic Approach to Living
Initiating Your Body's Natural Relaxation Response
An important part of holistic living is managing stress. When we feel stressed our inner world becomes imbalanced. The result of stress especially chronic stress can leave you feeling emotionally, mentally, and physical drained and exhausted. If we are unable to manage stress in a healthy way our personal relationships can be impacted.
Initiating your body's natural relaxation response is a natural way to bring balance and harmony within. What is the body's relaxation response and how do you initiate it?
Pioneered by Dr. Herbert Benson, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI), and Mind Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the Relaxation Response is defined as your personal ability to encourage your body to release chemicals and brain signals that make your muscles and organs slow down and increase flow to the brain. Thereby, moving the body from a state of tension and stress to a state of calmness and reduced anxiety.
Restorative and Therapeutic yoga and meditation are three mind body healing therapies that can help initiate your body's relaxation response. As a certified Restorative Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, I have worked with individuals that suffer from depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and chronic pain. When guided through a Restorative and Therapeutic yoga session students were able to initiated their body's natural relaxation response and bring their body from a state of tension and stress to a state of calm and ease.
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Restorative Yoga is a calming and relaxing flow that helps bring your mind and body a state of ease. The practice typically consists of sequences with only 5 to 6 poses. Poses are supported by props such as yoga blocks, blankets and yoga straps. Each pose is held for 5 minutes or more.
Restorative Yoga helps to bring awareness to your mind and body. This process allows a beautiful internal connection to occur. The connection initiates the Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response is defined as your personal ability to encourage your body to release chemicals and brain signals that make your muscles and organs slow down and increase flow to the brain.
As you develop your Restorative Yoga practice you will begin to apply the breathing and meditative techniques into your daily life. You will find that you are capable of centering, grounding and calming yourself anywhere.
What is Restorative Yoga ?
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." -- The Bhagavad Gita
Therapeutic Yoga is a relaxing and deep meditative practice that teaches you how to remain centered and grounded during stressful moments. Through the use of hands-on healing, yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and visualization, you will begin to learn how to manage stress and allow your body to release tension and heal itself.
The science behind the benefits of therapeutic yoga was proven by the research of Dr. Herbert Benson. Dr. Benson discovered what is known as the Relaxation Response. The process involves the body's neurological shift from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, you move from a state of tension and stress to a state of calmness and reduced anxiety.
How can therapeutic yoga help you?
1. If you suffer from chronic stress;
2. If you are receiving therapy for anxiety, depression, PTSD or anger.
How do you know therapeutic yoga is helping you?
1. You will start to recognize unhealthy patterns of managing stress;
2. You will begin to incrementally change those negative patterns and develop healthy methods to manage stress.
Props used during a Private Therapeutic Yoga Session:
Soothing Meditation Music
What is Therapeutic Yoga ?
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” - B.K.S. Iyengar