Monday, 27 June 2016

Yoga to help heal after a tough time - releasing physical tension

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Yoga to help heal after a tough time - releasing physical tension' on my YouTube Channel'.

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We all have times in our lives that are tough.  It might be because of a bereavement, a break up or other relationship problems, redundancy, financial difficulties or illness, physical or mental illness such as depression.  

We tend to think that we only feel stress in our minds but we can hold stress in our physical body.  Have you ever felt panicked, anxious or fearful and noticed your chest tightening or stressed and felt yourself clenching your jaw? Stress is also associated with tension in your back, both your lower back and between your blades. Anger can create tension your neck and shoulders while depression can make you feel like you are 'walking through treacle' because of tension held in your body.  

If steps are not taken to relieve stress, the muscular tension may lead to pain because tight muscles impede circulation causing build up of toxins in the muscles.  

In our video this week we focus on stretching and releasing areas where we have a tendency to hold the most tension such as the hips, low back, area between the shoulder blades, shoulders and neck.  For tension in the jaw and face I have included Lion Breath.  This also gets rid of stale air at the base of the lungs which can then be replaced by oxygenated air which has a calming effect on the body.  Do not be surprised if you feel emotional when practicing yoga stretches. Remember in yoga the mind and the body are not separate but what affects the mind, affects the body and vice versa. When you work on the physical body, you are also working at more subtle levels. The emotions you are holding in your body may not even be from a recent trauma but way back.  They need to be released.

Hope this helps.

Janet x 

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