There are SO many ways in which we seek out Peace in our lives, and to each one of us, and in each and every moment what we will find peaceful will be something different. There is something quite fascinating about that part of the human experience. Yesterday for me it was a pack of Skittles and today a long walk with my furry lovies! We have the option to explore the external and the internal places of peace, and yoga offers us SO many 🙂
The benefits of this journey for peace are plentiful and wide in range. One such benefit the we felt lined up beautifully with the season of peace is the lowering of blood pressure. The holiday season can be both joyous and stressful at the same time, and if we are feeling overwhelmed, yoga is one way to assist us with the lowering of our stress levels.
Breath practices have been shown to reduce cortisol levels in the body and in only a few weeks of regular practice to lower people’s resting blood pressure (if that is a concern for you). Restorative asana practices are safe for those with high blood pressure, and is a way for us to incorporate both asana and breath practice in order to address any issues with our blood pressure.
Forward folds are considered one of the most beneficial for those experiencing high blood pressure as they work to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the portion of the nervous system that signals calm and quiet to the body. When we can activate the “tend and befriend” area of the brain we can begin the process of reducing our overall stress level.
Forward folds can be either standing, seated, or inverted! Consider a few of these during this month of Peace:
- Uttanasana: Standing Forward Fold
- Janu Sirsasana: Nose to the Knee (or towards the knee)
- Humble Warrior
- Halasana: Plow Pose
- Paschimottanasana: Seated Forward Fold
There are infinite ways to find peace through yoga… it certainly is why I will never quit it 🙂 Explore the ways in which you can find peace through yoga this month… whether it be meditation, breath, mindfulness or an asana practice. Let us know how we can help. We wish you all the peace and happiness!