Yoga for Lion Taming!
Go back in time (a few thousand years) and imagine another version of yourself, eyeball to eyeball with a fierce, hungrylion. EEk! Your heart is pumping rapidly, your blood pressure shoots up, your muscles are firing and your brainsends you just two choices - fight, or flight! You choose to flee, and take a split second to thank your adrenal glands for supplying the necessary chemicals to deal with these real (and hopefully infrequent) primitive-day stressors, enabling you torun for your life.
Our adrenal glands are two tiny, pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue located just above each kidney. Like the ovaries, testicles and thyroid, it is a hormone-producing gland. It makes several hormones that encompass a vast array of functions. Adrenalinein particular, help us spring into action and deal withimmediate stressors. Cortisol helps you handle longer-term stress situations. In addition to helping you handle stress, these two primary adrenal hormones, along with others similarly produced, help control body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other central metabolic functions.
Back in our cave-dwelling days, the frequency of outrunning a lion was low, allowing the body and nervous system plenty of time to recover from the drama. Other hormones, such as those responsible for growth and repair, could resume their slow and steady work and the ‘emergency’ chemicals could replenishcomfortably.
Today, the likelihood of having to race an actual lion is minimal. Yet for many of us, our modern lifestyle has replaced this fierce feline with other and more frequent ‘lions’, such asdeadlines, negative human confrontations, financial worriesand the general ‘busy-ness’ of life. While we are still wellequipped to flee from the occasional lion chase, our adrenal glands are not designed to launch into ‘fight or flight’ modeseveral times a day. When we place the body underunrelentless and constant pressure without the necessaryrecovery period, adrenal fatigue can occur. Overworked,depleted adrenal glands can serve us with tiredness, badmoods, poor quality sleep and a compromised immunesystem. Yuk.
Restorative Yoga soothes the senses and switches the bodies natural ‘Rest and Digest’ mode to ‘on’. Long holds (up to 20 minutes) in comfortable, supported poses in a warm, quietand nurturing environment are key ingredients to a restorative yoga practice - an ideal way to press ‘pause’ on ‘Fight or Flight’ and encourage much needed rest and healing. Best of all, the use of props makes these special poses accessible to most bodies, no prior yoga experience is needed, and you’ll feel refreshed and ready to begin again.
Wishing you a calm and lion-free day, Bronni x
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I'm Bronni. I love to lie down. On a mat, perhaps with a blanket and yoga bolster. A 20 minute session can help me go from chaos to calm... These musings are all about finding calm, Restorative Yoga and it's amazing benefits.