Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Yoga to help relieve pain: Chair yoga 3- Releasing endorphins, nature's painkiller

Yoga to help relieve pain: Chair yoga 3- Releasing endorphins, nature's painkiller
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You may have heard of 'runner's high'.  This is due to the release of endorphins from the pituitary and hypothalamus glands in the brain when exercising. Endorphins are neurotransmitters have which bind to opiate receptors giving a similar pain relieving effect to morphine.  The great thing about endorphins however is that they do not cause addiction and they can also elicit feeling of happiness.  BUT you don't have to be a runner to get this effect.  Meditation has been shown to elicit the same response.  

In the video I have included breathing techniques which link breath to movement and meditative moves in order to release endorphins.  The video ends with a 'Loving  kindness' meditation in which we offer kind thoughts to ourselves and others - 'May I be healthy, may I be happy, may I be peaceful and at ease etc.  It is really important, especially when we may think that our bodies are 'letting us down', that is giving us pain, to have loving thoughts towards ourselves.  Our bodies will respond. In addition, it is only by having this love and compassion towards ourselves, that we can have love and compassion towards others.  
We also use two mudras in the video.  The first is Lotus mudra.  The lotus flower grows in muddy swamps and so represents beauty arising out of darkness.  In the video, we offer anything that is not serving us out to the universe in order to relieve our burden.  This burden may be pain, illness, grief, fear, anger or stress.  The second mudra is the vayu mudra.  This helps with many types of pain such as the pain of arthritis, sciatica, neck pain and knee pain.  In the video we practice it with Warrior 2 in order to add determination.   

Link for 'Yoga to help relieve pain: Chair yoga 1- Power sequence to fight pain'

Link for 'Yoga to help relieve pain: Chair yoga 2- Release tension, release pain' 


Janet x

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