Did you know there is a science to how we breathe?
Yoga is more than stretching or exercise and the breath is a key foundation to the overall practice. When we learn to regulate the breath we are able to better self-regulate our nervous system and emotional responses.
It is important to know that inhale activates the sympathetic nervous system response. It is heating, solar, and energetic. The exhale activates the parasympathetic nervous system and it is known to be cooling, relaxing, yet can also be strong.
When we experience anxiety we learn to self-regulate our response by noticing our breath. You might realize that you are breathing in the upper chest or possibly in another area. Without trying to change anything - notice it as it is.
When you feel comfortable doing so try to match the count of your inhale to the count of your exhale. This is a balanced breath called sama vritti. You might breathe in for the count of four and exhale four.
Once you feel...
"Crying is one of the highest spiritual practices. One who knows crying knows yoga." - Swami Kripalu
Depression is a difficult experience for anyone who has experienced it, including those who are close to loved ones that live with it.
It can feel heavy, heartbreaking, and at times numbing.
Sometimes it means staying in bed until early afternoon or skipping meals, maybe not sleeping at all and feeling like there is no point in trying.
This is not an ideal way to live.
I have been in the depths of depression more times than I'd like to remember. I've seen it negatively affect my life in so many ways. However, it also showed me the true essence of joy.
Yoga is one of the best ways to address depression because it allows us to move stagnant energy in the mind & body.
The yogic view of depression is seen as a constriction in the emotional body that then impacts the physical body. The practices of yoga remove these constrictions, physically &...