The controlled breathing in Yoga helps to balance the Autonomic Nervous System. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system through the vagus nerve. An active and well nourished Vagus nerve reduces inflammation caused by stress in various parts of the body and prevents the occurrence of mental and physical ailments. This blog contains a simple explanation of how this happens.
Category: Stress management and Wellness
In my last post I had explained how stress is created and experienced in the body. Since we understand the physiology and the psychology of stress and the mental disorders it causes, we can exert some control on how much we allow it to influence our behavior. Consistent practice of breathing techniques help to shift
Knowing how the body reacts to stressful situations is half the battle won. We are currently going through very difficult times and are all feeling the stress one way or the other. Of course there is the threat to life itself -our own and that of our dear one from this deadly enemy COVID 19.
In my earlier blog on Techniques for relaxation, I had described two techniques that one can use to stall anxious thoughts. Regular practice of these techniques will ensure a calmer frame of mind and more rational reactions to difficult situations. In Dialectical Behavior therapy made popular by its proponent Dr. Marcia Linehan, we understand that
While stressful situations cannot be avoided, one can learn to manage stress better. Practice of techniques advocated by the disciplines of Yoga and Psychology will help you approach stress with calm. Read about some techniques here
Organizations today are hotbeds for stress creation. Constant deadlines, unbridled competition and the dissipation of empathy in the cut throat professional environment are driving people to the ER with various ailments both physical (headaches, acidity or even frequent colds) and mental (anxiety and depression). The good news is that stress can be managed if the
When the thoughts start spiraling out of control, there is a need for the individual to get a grip on their thoughts so that they don’t reach the panic situation. The yogic practice of Deep breathing helps to calm the mind. We have often heard people advise those who are angry or upset to take
Most of the yogic texts are complicated Sanskrit terms that have little significance to the lay person. While the believers’ numbers are growing, there are many sceptics too. Especially when we talk of the healing effects of yoga. So, it’s important to understand how yoga works on the human body and consequently the human mind.
I have been doing yoga for about 15 years. I started because I was dealing with severe migraines and read a lot about the yogic breathing practices that help reduce the incidence and severity of migraines. It did not work immediately, but the practice of yoga, in my opinion, made me calmer and take the
In this mad world, how can we support our teenager and ensure that they have a reasonably fun filled teenage while emerging successful in their academics. When you teenager comes home and tells you he/she had a bad day – don’t ignore it. They many say they don’t want to talk about it but will