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Pranayama

Let’s talk about breath…..we all do it, we all take it for granted. Of course, in our yoga practice we use our breath (pranayama) as a fundamental part of the practice, but do we continue this when we are not on the mat?

 

Breathing has been shown to stimulate the Vagus nerve, which helps our bodies step out of its sympathetic state (defense & survival), into our parasympathetic state (repair & regenerate).

 

The benefits of activating the parasympathetic nervous system are a’plenty, here are some of the areas it adds value:

 

Blood circulation & hydration

Brain function

Cardiovascular health

Digestion

Immunity

Memory

Pain relief

Posture

Stress/Anxiety (reduction)

Respiration

Premature aging

Aging (slowing)

Processing trauma

 

Unfortunately, we have spent the majority of our lives in the sympathetic state, so it takes some effort and mindfulness on our part (at least to begin with) to effectively make the shift in our repair and regenerate space.  Therefore, knowing how to breath properly is essential.

 

Posture plays a huge part in how we breath, as does muscles we use to make the breath happen.   Establishing the natural curvature of your spine and lengthening tall through the crown of your head is a great place to start.  Want to learn more?

Watch this space, we could have a little treat coming your way….

FASCIA

Erm...What is it?

Well, it's an organ in our bodies that is a connective tissue, it wraps, connects and divides our entire body - wow! It is now recognised as a key bio-motional regulatory system within our bodies, so let's be good to it and get to know it a bit.

It interweaves & penetrates between all organs, muscles, bones and nerve fibres, providing us with a functional structure and an environment for all our body systems to work together - gee thanks fascia, you rock!

Fascia is sensitive to what we do to and with our bodies, it can and does retain trauma (in an effort to protect us), think sporting accident. Likewise, if we are stressed, hold unhealthy postural habits, unhealthy diets, all will have an impact on our fascia and thereby our wider physical bodies and systems.

In short, as with our amazing bods in general, we need to take care of our fascia. Stretching our bodies is a great start, shoulder rolls, moving our scapulae, being mindful of your posture, moving your body with your fascia in mind...hummmm..I may just treat you to some short vids to demonstrate!