Benefits of Asanas / Yoga Postures
Asanas (yoga postures) afford numerous benefits to the physical body, improving strength and flexibility, increasing energy, releasing tension and increasing circulation to both replenish and improve the functioning of all the systems of the body. Certain asanas also increase the flow of cerebral spinal fluid in the vertebral column and brain, circulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins to enliven mood and boost positive feelings.
For those suffering from mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression it is the benefits the asanas bring to the functioning of nervous system that are of particular interest.
Yoga for the Mind uses a sequence of poses that is unique in that it is specifically geared towards mental health, improving equilibrium in the brain and regulating and rebalancing the nervous system.
By moving the body through a sequence of activating and then calming poses we train the nervous system to be able to switch quickly between sympathetic and parasympathetic activation, which in the long term makes the whole nervous system resilient and robust.
By gradually increasing physical endurance in challenging poses students learn to build up a tolerance to discomfort, which translates to an increased capacity to be with and withstand stress in their everyday lives.
With guidance we can learn, through the vehicle of the yoga postures, how to coexist equally with both comfortable and uncomfortable physical sensations through controlled breathing, focus and relaxation. By learning how to be with various sensations in the body we develop greater tolerance to be with various thoughts in a gentle way with less resistance.