Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yoga Pose to Manage Stress

The stress response involves the sympathetic nervous system and then the para sympathetic nervous system bringing us back to homeostasis. The nervous system is essential to help us deal with the stressors of life but if we let it get out of balance we subject ourselves to ill health. The half boat pose in yoga stimulates the nervous system to respond and to relax in such a way that it consciously teaches us how to manage stress. Lay flat on your back with your arms at your side. Take in a deep breath and lift your arms, legs, neck and head off from the mat and stare at your toes. Hold for a few seconds and then release the breath and your body back to the mat relaxing your muslces. Repeat for three to five times.
Stress exist. We can not avoid it but we can learrn to manage it effectively. Yoga is a great practice when it comes to managing stress.
Doctor Lynn

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