I spent yesterday at the 'Aversion to Stillness' workshop with Alexandria Crow, discussing all things Restorative Yoga. This is yoga specifically aiming to calm the parasympathetic nervous system and move us from 'fight and flight' to 'rest and digest' state.
Many of us think this sort of yoga is 'boring' or 'just lying about'. If your mind is very active without a good teacher I think these slow classes can make you feel even more stressed. It has personally taken me a long time to move away from fast/sweaty/challenging/stimulating/loud/hard/shouty teacher yoga classes into more gentle, still classes.
In the workshop we looked at how more passive poses incorporating deep relaxation can open and relax the muscles (and crucially, the nervous system) more than jumping about and straining ourselves in active classes.
The workshop got me thinking about where I want to develop my own practice and what I am offering out to clients.
The more I study psychotherapy and learn about neurology the more I believe that the body, and yoga, is
an incredible tool we all have at our disposal when facing many of the mental health issues we are dealing with in modern life.
I feel like I am still pulling together my coaching, yoga, interest in mental health and Jung course and wondering how they all come together and what that can look like if we tackle the body and mind as a whole, rather than separate entities.
I'm taking a two week break now to reset- if you are interested in the link between body and mind, drop me a message and I will reply on my return. If you're keen to learn more I recommend the book 'The Body keeps the score' by Bessel Van der Kolk and this TEDMED talk below.