Taking a deep breath does so much more for us than most people realize. Deep breathing is directly intertwined with the nervous system and relaxation response in our bodies. By simply breathing consciously throughout the day we can begin to rewire the brain’s conditioned response. Whether we are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD… intentional breath is a key factor in healing and allows our being to come back to baseline, to understand that it’s not in danger, and to allow energy to move through us rather than staying frozen within.
Our bodies and emotions are so intertwined that if one aspect of our being is disturbed this imbalance can ripple out and overwhelm us. When the heart is grieving, it can cause real side effects on the body and mind. If we are open to listening to the signals of the body, heart, and mind as an interdependent system we can then begin the multifaceted process of healing. Yoga, I have come to learn, provides tools to help us move through emotions and stuck energy, helping us cope with our feelings, and truly heal.
Yoga for E-motion
by Aris Seaberg