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Think of the vagus nerve like a built in de-stressor. In a world where we experience situations that continually elicit anxiety and stress, it’s worth knowing these quick and easy yoga practices for toning the vagus nerve and easing stress.
We’ve all seen it—a family out to dinner with children. The kids (and frequently the adults as well) have their heads bent, engrossed in their cell phones, and there is very little conversation happening at the table.
We’d all agree that play is important for children and for their social and emotional development. But research affirms the importance of play in adult lives, too.
Slow, mindful yoga isn’t yoga for “old people.” Slow yoga benefits ALL of us because of it’s ability to sooth our nervous system and help us build resilience.
With age comes wisdom and grace. As a yoga therapist, I’ve worked with many people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. Most come with health concerns. But overwhelmingly, they come with a desire to age gracefully. Along the way, I’ve learned a great deal from these “graceful agers” about the keys to growing older with vitality and strength, both of body and mind. Here are seven lessons I’ve learned:
Sleep disturbances are very common, and even more so the older we get. Yet experts recommend getting 7-9 hours each night. Ayurveda provides insight into how different energies are at play both during each 24 hour period and at different stages of life. Understanding and working in harmony with these rhythms can help you obtain a better night’s rest.
Gray winter skies and freezing cold temperatures can leave you feeling sad and lethargic. When it does, try this short, five-pose sequence of poses sure to lift your spirits.
Cold wintry weather find you unable to get out of bed in the morning? Find yourself stuck on the couch binge watching Netflix? You’re not alone. With shorter days and less sunlight, the long, cold winter can create a sense of loneliness and sadness, also known as “the winter blues.” Fortunately, making few lifestyle changes can turn your winter blahs into winter smiles.
Applying the concept of pratipaksha bahavana, or replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, can help overcome inherently negative thoughts and emotions, especially as we come into the 2020 holiday season.
It’s holiday time again! While the holidays can be wildly joyful, they can simultaneously rob us of our sanity. When you start to feel overwhelmed and exhausted, a few minutes in a restorative yoga pose can reset your energy and provide a much need break.
November brings the shift to daylight savings time and renewed focus on gratitude as we approach Thanksgiving.