Adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys which produce the adrenaline and steroids aldosterone and cortisol. When our sympathetic nervous system our “fight or flight state” goes into hyperdrive these hormones kick in to help you meet the energy demands of that stress-but they are only meant to be in that increased sympathetic state for a short period of time. Often we find ourselves in a chronic state of stress. These glands become overworked and stop performing on an optimal level. When this happens we experience a variety of symptoms including cravings, weight gain, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even rashes.
In our lives we often forget that sometimes we need to just take time to relax. We are not human “doings” we are human “beings.
The goal of Restorative Yoga is to bring the body and mind into complete relaxation. When we allow ourselves to reach this state of relaxation, by being still and supporting ourselves in Restorative poses, we start to notice all that adrenaline based sort of cocktail and the stuff we all live in, slowly starts to go down and restores the body. The nervous system, the parasympathetic turns on which starts to turn on the relaxation response. This is the place where the immune system is restored, where our digestion can become strong and healthy again, “Rest & Digest State”.
Some people can find the practice of Restorative Yoga to be the most difficult of all yoga practices because it is so hard to be still. Your body may be at rest but your mind may not follow. When the mind starts to wonder, this is the moment where we need to call upon ourselves to find stillness-that’s what practicing yoga is all about. In Restorative yoga, we build up to being able to stay longer, stillness in the mind and poses. As we do hold these poses longer, more often, what starts to happen, these tiny holding patterns that we all have in our mind, start to unwind-release.
When you feel yourself getting stressed out you can drop yourself down into this quiet peaceful place whenever you need to.
Come join me every Tuesday night 8:30pm – 9:30pm to find calmness and inner peace.
Namaste – Charlene