Yoga, meditation and focussed breathing can be powerful tools when looking to manage stress. This week, we spoke to MobFit's yoga instructor and meditation guru, Puravi, who explains the benefits in using these practices regularly...
Sometimes, living in such a fast-paced world, slowing down and stopping to breathe feels almost impossible.
The invisible stressors of life can cause us to switch on our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), also known as our Fight or Flight Response. Through yoga, where we take deeper conscious rounds of breath, we switch off the Fight or Flight mode, and activate our Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), otherwise called our Rest and Repair Response.
Similar to the effects that weight training and cardio has on the body, Yoga actively helps us to control our PNS. We shouldn't be stuck in SNS, but sometimes, living a fast-paced life can make us remain there. By consciously changing negative thoughts to positive ones, becoming aware of our surroundings, and using the conscious breath method, the PNS activates and does everything in its power to bring peace of mind and well-being.
When we are unable to solve or resolve stress in the body, the release of hormones from the adrenals send out the Fight or Flight signals, and we remain in a stressed state. If we are able to respond differently and stimulate the PNS, we are able to restore balance to the heart and breath rate, in turn lowering blood pressure and the metabolism.
It's good to remember that you don’t have to be in a yoga class to switch on your Rest and Repair Response - Try it for yourself when you’re stuck on a packed train or at your desk in the office feeling particularly stressed! Take a moment to enter into a few rounds of deep belly breaths, pausing between each inhale and exhale and notice how you feel!