Yoga and the Brain

I have practised yoga on and off for over 20 years and without question, I notice feeling clearer and more balanced after class. Yoga has a rather lengthy history so it’s fair to say that it has stood the test of time. Dedicated yogi’s claim that it can improve your flexibility, protect your spine, increase your strength, prevent cartilage and joint breakdown and sharpen the mind-body connection.

What exactly is it that happens to the brain when you practice and why does it have such a profound effect on so many people?

It's All in Your Head

Has anyone ever had the gall to say to you “relax, it’s all in your head” when your stress levels are reaching an all time high on the Richter scale? Yes. Me too.

“You just need to relax, get some sleep. It’ll look better tomorrow.” Another classic.

Not wanting to sound passive aggressive, but I don’t think this advice has ever helped me to feel better about or manage my stress levels.

Tips to Reduce your Biochemical Stressors

I hadn’t really considered that the food I eat or liquid I drink could be causing stress. To me, the concept of stress was an external pressure from society, usually in the form of work.

It’s not until I became unwell and started researching natural methods for healing the body, did I encounter the concept of biochemical stress. Of course, once the connection between mind and body is made and the idea that food can be a form of medicine or toxicity e.g. allergy or sensitivity, it makes sense.

An easy meditation

I recently coached a client who has a fear of meditation. She worries that she will struggle to find time for it, she might not be doing it right, she’ll get distracted by worrying thoughts or won’t be able to sit crossed-legged with her eyes closed.

It got me thinking, that maybe “the fear of not doing it right” is a barrier to doing it at all.
If this is you, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

The mighty ferment

Did you know that the bacteria in your body outnumbers its cells 10 to 1? It’s true! Most of them live in your gut.

I am passionate about gut health. It just makes sense to me that the organisms in our bodies are there to keep us healthy and that a chronic imbalance would cause problems. The difficulty seems to be knowing what to eat to achieve that optimal balance.