Restorative yoga

I've been practicing aspects of restorative yoga since the beginning of my rehabilitation. To be clear, however, at the height of the protracted withdrawal issues and for a couple of years I could not hold poses for very long without extreme discomfort and so it was a highly modified practice for a long time. In classic restorative yoga poses are held for up to ten minutes...even more sometimes. This was not doable for me for a long time. Listening to the body is always important with yoga. If you're recovering from psych drug iatrogenesis it becomes highly critical. Yoga helps heal the autonomic nervous system if it's done in tandem with the bodies needs. Psych drug withdrawal syndrome is essentially an autonomic nervous system injury. Listening closely to the body allows one to let yoga heal your mind/body/spirit. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Calming yoga class for the central nervous system (good for those of us with psych drug withdrawal syndrome too)

Millions of us in our modern world suffer because we are constantly pushed and hurried. Rushing causes tension and stress. We are over-exposed over-saturated with incoming information 24/7. Any information that comes to you causes your sympathetic nervous system (the fight, flight or freeze) to act or react. When you are exposed to stressors it is up to your parasympathetic nervous system to bring you back down. … [click on title to read and view more]

Yoga: Hormones/Endocrine System

I just did this yoga video and enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it with my readers this morning. I really enjoyed this teacher. Today was the first time I found her. She has a lot more on youtube. I'll be checking out more of her videos. I really liked this very gentle but clearly powerful yoga session. It's also highly educational. Please feel free to modify further than the teacher suggests by stopping if your body feels taxed at any point in time. While this is a very gentle practice, I still needed to cut short some of the asanas as I am still recovering from long term illness. It's important to pay attention to your body. My whole body is incredibly energized having just done this session. These seemingly simple moves are profoundly powerful. Do them mindfully and pay attention to how your whole body is feeling while you breathe. … [click on title to read more]

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