About the body: Yoga and the Parasympathetic nervous system
When we breathe calmly, peacefully, rhythmically through the nostrils, we ignite our parasympathetic nervous system – the relaxation response. In that mode – many things happen. Rigid long held stress patterns in the body dissolve, the immune system is nourished and deep healing occurs. It is also easier to access deeper levels of inner states of consciousness – which allow for different perceptions of the world – for transformation on the level of mind.
As we take a posture we want to ignite this kind of easeful experience while remaining awake, alert and active. The more challenging a posture is for us – the more powerful it will be to nurture this kind of breathing. This is pivotal in transforming our life experience from being a person with a body that is always controlling us – to being a person who has some degree of mastery over the physical and energetic bodies. It’s important.
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