Yoga For Relaxation – A New Online Class on Monday Evenings

Fancy a chill out? Monday evenings at your place is the place to be… just put your joggers on and a snuggly jumper and click onto Zoom…

My new Yoga for Relaxation class will be online as it doesn’t need much space – just somewhere quiet and warm with good internet, and it means that you don’t have to get into your car to drive home.

This class will be held on the Zoom platform – Mondays 6.30 – 7.30. You can join on a weekly basis simply book in by email and I will send you 2 links the day before: 1 for the Zoom meeting and 1 for the payment link (£6).

What will the class consist of?

This is a 1 hour class which will begin with gentle movements (about half an hour) then move on to breathing exercises (10 minutes) and finally a deep relaxation called Yoga Nidra (20 – 25 minutes).

Yoga Nidra is a systematic way to relax the body, mind and emotions. It has been scientifically proven to help relieve physical and mental tensions. You may be surprised at the benefit to a physical problem by regular Yoga Nirdra practice and so too you may benefit from better concentration and sleep. The rewards really are worth the input of time because you simply have to lie still and remain awake – there is no more to it than that!

The following is an extract from the book Yoga Nidra – Swami Satyanandana Saraswati (2012 edition)

Chapter on Counteracting Stress

The stress response

States of anxiety, depression, frustration and anger are accompanied by a variety of physical responses including palpitations, excessive sweating, diarrhea, indigestion, headache and weakness. These responses are the outcome of the complex process by which the physiological systems of the body adapt to stress. This process has been termed ‘the stress response’ by pioneering researchers such as Dr Hans Selye of Canada, and includes states of accelerated heart rate and increases in blood pressure, skeletal muscle tension and cortisone and noradrenalin levels in the blood. As stressful conditions persist, the body’s resistance is sapped away.  Imbalances in the autonomic nervous system, endocrine glands, and in the chemical and hormonal composition of the blood become permanent, with increasingly disturbed functioning of all the organs and systems of the body.

As the equilibrium of the body, even at rest, becomes increasingly disturbed, a variety of nervous symptoms usually manifest, including insomnia, anxiety and irritability, often leading to neurosis.  As the imbalance is further aggravated, physical changes in sensitive or weakened organs result. In this way, major psychosomatic diseases such as asthma, peptic ulceration and hypertension evolve out of poorly managed psychological tensions which are relayed into the physiological systems of the body.

The work of Dr K N Udupa of Banaras Hindu University (India) suggests that stress-related disorders evolve gradually through four recognisable stages. Initially, psychological changes such as anxiety, irritability and insomnia arise due to over stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. In the second stage, distinct physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, elevated heart rate or increased intestinal motility appear. In the third stage, a more profound physical and/or biochemical imbalance sets in, and evidence of malfunctioning organs manifests clinically. Finally, detectable and often irreversible lesions appear often with severe symptoms requiring surgical or long-term pharmacological management.”

The book is very interesting and is accessible to students –  you can get a copy online at most book sites.

Published by yogadeb

Yoga teacher in Stamford, UK, and online

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