I just can’t seem to think straight today.
I have too many irons in the fire.
I’m sorry I forgot; I was burning the midnight oil.
Her name is on the tip of my tongue; it’s there. Give me a second.
I can’t handle that right now; I have too many tabs opened in my brain.
Sound familiar? Your body runs involuntary processes all day long. These include memory, digestion, respiration, hormone regulation, and other processes that you don’t really see or think about unless something seems out of balance. But your body can also fall into “auto-pilot” with processes that you do see, such as waking up and walking straight to the sink to brush your teeth, walking in the front door and tossing your keys in the basket, or petting your dog when she brushes against your leg.
When our body experiences stress, it is designed to fight, flee, or freeze. The sympathetic nervous system takes the reigns. Our heartbeat might increase, our breathing might be come more rapid. Suddenly our mouth is dry, we may experience stomach discomfort or tense muscles in our jaw, neck, and shoulders. Practicing yoga can help us take notice of how our body feels, what it senses, what it needs, or what it is not welcoming. Through journaling, we can begin to see patterns between stimuli, what we think, and how we feel. We can recognize the things that trigger stress and equip ourselves to appropriately respond to them rather than give in and react.
When we develop a habit of consistently functioning in the sympathetic nervous system, our bodies recalibrate to keep us alive. Signs that a person might be operating from the sympathetic nervous system can include:
- abundance of cortisol production, adrenal fatigue, and weight gain
- inability to down-regulate and fall asleep or stay asleep (insomnia)
- fatigue, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, or decreased ability to recall facts
Fortunately, our bodies are remarkable! They are often able to respond rapidly, within a matter of days, weeks, months or just a few years. A few years may not seem rapid, but to think on the fact that some people have been able to rebuild liver tissue or lung tissue that was damaged by decades of smoking or alcohol abuse in just a few years is remarkable.
Practicing yoga methods for just 8 weeks can help you achieve better sleep. Better sleep can help your body achieve the restoration it needs to move closer toward functioning from the parasympathetic nervous system.
The focus of this class is three-fold:
- To begin the practice of journaling and mindfulness meditation
- To commit to going to bed at the same time every night, hydration, and meal planning
- To practice yoga asanas and breathing to promote relaxation
This transformative 9-week class features:
- Weekly 45 minute yoga class
- Guided mindfulness meditation instruction
- Daily encouragement and downloadable journaling prompts
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