I was happy to see this article I'm sharing below. Yoga is for everyone and all body types. Granted not all yoga studios understand this reality and some are not very comfortable for people who don't feel they fit into the scene. I recommend finding somewhere you feel safe to practice. If you can't find a class YouTube is a great teacher. I learned yoga at home by necessity because I couldn't leave the house. Just listen to your body and never do anything that doesn't feel comfortable. It's really not that complicated. … [click on title to read and view more]
Brief and lovely gentle yoga (good for the challenged nervous system too)
I found the below gentle yoga for the morning. It's also good for those of us with seriously challenged nervous systems at any time of the day. Those of us with protracted withdrawal syndrome need to be gentle and learn to listen to our bodies very carefully as we heal. Even yoga can trigger us or put us over the edge if we're not careful. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Yoga tips for those with challenged nervous systems
Because of global and broad hypersensitivity (caused by the psych drug injury) sometimes two minutes of yoga is exactly the right amount. Sometimes two minutes of yoga right now, five minutes a hour from now and ten minutes before bed is just right.
Yoga for fear/anxiety
As our bodies heals from the iatrogenic injury caused by psychiatric drugs, the process of healing the autonomic nervous system demands the continual working with fear in the body. These drugs create post traumatic stress and exacerbate that which was already in our bodies. Yoga is often helpful in the process of healing this insult to our nervous system. Yoga is wonderful for training us to be with all of the sometimes uncomfortable sensations in our body whether we’ve been injured or not. This is a skill that can help support us in our lives in many different ways. Practicing and learning to be with discomfort is an important skill to have. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Yoga nidra: this is deep relaxation and healing (lucid dreaming too)
Yoga nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Lucid dreaming is the Western practice derived from yoga nidra. The distinguishing difference is the degree to which one remains cognizant of the actual physical environment as opposed to a dream environment. ... [click on title to view more]
Yoga back bends: feels yummy on the autonomic nervous system
I like to help people see how easy yoga can be. You can start with something as simple as this and see where it takes you. Being a yogi is about listening to your body and learning from it and it really doesn't matter if you can do really complicated poses or not. Start simple and see what happens. Back bends continue to be very helpful to me …
The Neuroscience of Yoga and Addiction Recovery — Free Teleclass
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Yoga nidra: deep (conscious) sleep, relax and rejuvinate
I've been doing yoga nidra meditations for a couple of years as part of my collection of healing practices. Lately I've been doing a lot more of it and it's so deeply relaxing and healing I thought it was time I shared it. I have to say that even though I've been doing it for two years it's only recently from a greater state of well-being that I've come to deeply appreciate the profundity of this practice. "Yoga Nidra is an an ancient form of guided meditation that has been proven effective to reduce stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and many other psychological disorders." … [click on title to read and view more]
Yogic breathing in daily life
By Sangeetha Saran Deep, thoughtful breathing is a crucial part of yoga. Proper yogic breathing is known as pranayama, which is the science and art of yogic breathing techniques. Because breathing in this way is emphasized in yoga classes, students often assume they can resume normal breathing after leaving. However, by incorporating yogic breathing into your... Continue Reading →
Free Teleclass, Making the Case: Yoga for Trauma Recovery
Five percent of Americans, or more than 13 million people, have PTSD. Complex or Developmental trauma (trauma that occurs during childhood) has been linked to a long list of chronic conditions including heart disease, COPD, chronic pain, addiction, depression and anxiety – and it makes people more susceptible to developing PTSD after a traumatic experience. In this free, 45 minute teleclass, Subtle Yoga founder and director of the Subtle Yoga Training for Behavioral Health Professionals, Kristine Kaoverii Weber, will provide a compelling case for using yoga therapy as a powerful adjunct in the treatment of trauma. Kristine will help you understand how to discuss the powerful benefits of yoga for trauma with community health care providers and help you understand how to break through the barriers which keep yoga isolated in the fitness industry. Yoga is not just fitness, yoga is therapy – and yoga professionals need to learn how to talk about yoga as part of an integrative strategy – not just how to get referrals for privates or classes. … [click on title to read and view more]
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