Spectrum Yoga & the Nervous System
Self-Discovery | Management | Confidence
Spectrum Yoga works directly with the nervous system in many ways. "Yoga has been shown to stabilize the response of the nervous system to stress by removing the constant muscular tension produced by the repeated alerts from the central nervous system, and calming the involuntary symptoms of threat (racing heart, sweating, anxiety, etc.) roused by the sympathetic nervous system" (clevlandclinic.org). Spectrum Yoga uses a variety of yoga therapy techniques to work with the nervous system including:
- Breathing techniques (pranayama)
- Mindfulness/Meditation (dyana)
- Poses (asana)
- Other yoga therapy techniques (affirmations, visualizations, etc.)
Sensory Wind Down Class
Students in this class learn how to calm the nervous system through breathing techniques, restorative poses, and mindfulness activities. These techniques have been shown to activate our rest and digest (parasympathetic nervous system).
Private sessions allow individualized and often quicker response to tools than group classes.
Life Skills Yoga Class
In this class, along with learning life skills, students go in and out of the sympathetic and parasympathetic activation. They are guided in pre and post self-assessments to learn how to identify when they are in fight or flight (sympathetic) and when they are in rest and digest (parasympathetic). Learning tools that elevate or calm down the autonomic nervous system coupled with discussion on when and where we can use certain tools, and for what purpose, is extremely empowering and a life skill we all should have access to.
Visualizations, affirmations, breathing techniques, specific poses, and other yoga therapy tools support us in building healthy habits, bodies, minds, and even new neural pathways. Enhancing our mood, positive thoughts, and emotions can affect our health and certainly affects our well-being. Additionally, when our nervous systems are in fight or flight (sympathetic), it can have a negative affect our health, relationships, day-to-day, memory, processing, anxiety, and more. Building skill sets like identification of energy level, emotion, and mood coupled with strategic, natural, and personalized tools provides students with a sense of control, ease, and empowerment moving forward in daily life.