Yoga, Breathwork, and Mindfulness
Chronic stress amounts to being trapped in a repetitive cycle of “fight, flight, or freeze” responses to challenges and difficulties. Such a state of high alert is exhausting and severely compromises the immune system, leading to many common stress-related illnesses as well as sleep disorders. Stress reduction helps with symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and PTSD.
Yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness are simple, nourishing practices that help us handle the inevitable challenges with greater balance and ease. They help us experience deep neuromuscular relaxation. These practical tools also help us treat ourselves with more compassion. They help us to be more connected to our body and be with our feelings in a new way. Through these practices we begin to develop a compassionate witness consciousness. We learn to experience thoughts and feelings without being hijacked by them.
“It is easy to take breathing for granted, to overlook its amazing power to increase your energy, calm your mind, and help you perform at peak levels. The life of the body depends upon the breath.”
- Richard Faulds, Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice on and Off the Mat