rejuvenating the brain

Mind, body & spirit


Yoga stimulates the brain. In doing so, yoga encourages the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system to find a fine balance between them. Lots of people find yoga relaxing. However, the relaxation achieved in yoga does not just promote sleep. The brain becomes active in yoga. You are alert but not anxious. You can slow down but do not ignore or overlook what’s going on around you.

 

The spinal column

forward bending in hatha yoga


The spinal column in the human body is the main pipeline of signals and messages coming in and out of the brain. Beginners in yoga are often encouraged to practice forward bending. Almost any form of forward bending, for example Paschimottanasana, facilitates the opening up of nerve passageways at the base of the spine. Forward bending prevents the blockage of the nerve passageways especially near the top edge of the pelvis, where the spine relays the signals from the brain to the hips and legs.

Balance & freedom

life as it is


Whatever signals and messages the brain sends out or receives, the balance between the sympathetic nervous system and its bedfellow, the parasympathetic nervous system, is often the cornerstone of yoga. The balance of your perception also often depends on the complementary roles of the two nervous systems. Your world view becomes even and free from bias and prejudices when you practice yoga. As a result, often your daily life becomes free from unnecessary judgment. Whatever happens to you, you become less likely to jump to conclusions by saying that something or someone is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. You begin to see life ‘as it is’.

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