This follow-up to understanding the function of the autonomic nervous system offers ways to restore balance to a stressed-out mind and body.
The Sympathetic Nervous System, or “fight-or-flight” state, describes your body’s response to a dangerous or stressful situation. So how does your brain differentiate between perceived risks — life-threatening dangers or life-annoying stresses? The problem is that, really, it doesn’t.
Listen to A.J. Jacobs on the Moth podcast, describing his experience with sexual objectification. Beneath the layers of humour, he explains what he learnt about societal expectations for women.
Resisting the monkey mind just leads to frustration and agitation. Simply willing yourself to get to sleep can be a fruitless effort. Here are some simple ways we can improve our much-needed slumber.
The other day I was teaching this seated cat-cow in a yoga class at the gym. There was a woman walking down the corridor past the studio. She stopped to watch us for a bit, then joined in. I love that THIS is what was appealing to her. Not some fancy yoga poses or playful flow sequences. THIS.
This is a new flow sequence that I'm experimenting with in my classes. I recorded the full sequence (with peak poses – can be modified to suit) for reference, and I'd love to know what you think!
Recently I've been exploring the cause and effects of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and postural instability causing pain/discomfort in the long term. Since teaching yoga I've seen many participants suffer with “lower back” or “hip” pain, which upon further investigation has revealed aggravation in the SI joint.
Body Worlds Vital is an incredible exhibition of real human bodies plastinated to display the mechanics and systems. It may seem macabre at first, but the displays are presented in a creative and informative way – guaranteed to blow your mind.