During these uncertain times, the loss of control with disrupted routines and less access to our normal coping strategies can become overwhelming to even the most resilient among us. Furthermore, constant change will become the new norm, leading to more disruption and stress.
Yoga is one stress management tool that we can do from our homes or offices, with limited space or equipment required. It is an integrated system that considers all aspects of human life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social. Through this integrated system anxiety and depression is reduced and it increases feelings of gratitude, compassion, relatedness, acceptance, centredness, empowerment, self-esteem and hope.
Yoga plays an important part in balancing our natural coping strategies for responding to stress. In these times, our sympathetic nervous system ‘fight and flight mode’ is overly stimulated. Yoga helps to balance this with the activation of the parasympathetic nervous response which brings us into a more restful ‘rest and digest’ space and allows us to find calmness, connection and compassion. This is done through the integration of deep mindful breathing with physical movement which stimulates the vagus nerve and activates the parasympathetic nervous system which supports self-regulation and stress management. Yoga also enhances the plasticity of the brain, the ability to make and form new connections, leading to brain health.
Yoga is an easily accessible tool for all ages or physical ability. It can be restful or physically active. Although yoga is regarded as an ‘unaerobic’ form of exercise, studies have shown that the benefits are similar to that of aerobic exercise.
While it is but one tool, the ancient timeless practices of yoga offer the potential for connection and well-being during these times of change. It is an opportunity for business owners to support themselves and reach out to employees. Together so much can be achieved for the better!
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