Using Yoga and Meditation to Balance the Nervous System

Our Hatha Yoga classes and Meditation practices are valuable tools for countering the barrage of negative energies and stressors presented by the world. Most people live with constant echos of stress vibrating through the nervous system leading to chronic disease. Our nervous system has two main pathways that automatically run the functions of the body.

The sympathetic nervous system drives the bodily functions during periods of stress or, more commonly known, the “flight or fight” stages. This system, when over-used, drains the body of energy and shunts nourishing blood from many vital organs to compensate for the use of energy.

The opposite system, parasympathetic nervous system, is active during periods of rest. Organs like the digestive system are given ample flow of energy and nutrients to function. The body uses this system to rejuvenate and repair. When we allow negative stressors to compound and linger in the mind, these negative energies keep the sympathetic nervous system active placing great stress on the body.

Organs and tissues are worn down and the immune system is weakened leaving the body susceptible to disease. Many people live their lives with constant burdens of stress, anxiety, and worries which causes the sympathetic nervous to remain in an idling state of activity. Stressing energies result in an array of negative health responses including elevated heart rates, shortness of breath, poor digestion, constipation, headaches, tense muscles and joint problems. Hatha Yoga and Meditation provides periods in the day to dissolve these negative stressors.

Yoga postures and Meditation create awareness to how and what type of energy is existing in the body and mind. The more we practice, the more we become sensitive to the stress and react appropriately to remove this energy or the conditions causing the stress. We bring balance to the nervous system in that we allow proper time of the mind and body to settle into the parasympathetic system and revitalize.

When practicing, take time to fully enjoy and appreciate the healing benefits of Yoga and Meditation: the balancing energies, the changes in mood, and the refreshing qualities that accompanies connection.

Published by Kreg Weiss

Kreg is the co-founder of MyYogaOnline.com and a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. All of his classes integrate a purposeful, meditative quality to allow for an experience of connection and reflection while the body experiences expansion and renewal. Kreg acquired his Yoga certification in 2002 following several successful years of venturing in the wellness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness trainer, and national competitive athlete. Kreg has been able to complement his teaching practice with additional studies in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Striving to share his passion for Yoga, Kreg was inspired in 2004 to co-create MyYogaOnline.com, which has grown to become a thriving production company and the leading global resource for online yoga videos. With his extensive background in anatomy and physiology, Kreg feels privileged to be able to empower students with practices that are educational while still engaging and accessible. Through integrity-driven classes, Kreg aims to provide students with the tools to pursue a unique, confident practice where asanas, pranayama, and meditation interact collectively to rejuvenate and heal the body and mind. Kreg is also proud to be an ambassador for Vega as part of his endeavours to promote plant-based nutrition and sustainability.

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