We have moved to online yoga and relaxation classes through Zoom. (Get in touch if you would like to take part). Our stretch and relax classes help keep you moving and keep you clam. It’s well recognised that our bodies benefit from movement and our minds benefits from creating calm and stillness. During our online classes we encourage the body to move muscle groups that are not being used in the way they need to at the moment. Spending too much time sitting and being on devices can leave us with back and neck pain, thus we need to keep stretching and working those muscle groups.
Given our current situation with corona virus our mind set has gone into high alert and we have many difficult thoughts and emotions that lead to more stress. Our stress on the outside creates stress on the inside in both our mind and our body. Finding a way to address this is important if we are to keep up our resilience to outside events and our stretch and relax classes are just one way in a range of ways to help you to do this.
At least 15-20 minutes of every class now contains a deep and powerful guided relaxation practice that can act as a natural stress reliever. By giving yourself this time, you’re stilling the waves of the mind and building your conscious entry into a relaxation state that calms and recharges you. We start with sensing the body and breathing deeply to trigger our relaxation response as this balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and the left and right brain. In this process, our brain shifts from beta, an awakened state with lots of brain activity, to alpha, a more relaxed state. In alpha, the mood-regulating hormone serotonin gets released, and this calms us down. Think of it like, charging up the battery on your phone, if you want it to work properly you need to take time to charge it regularly. This relaxation shifts your brain from beta to an alpha state and starts a process of “powering down but re-charging” and this helps improve our mood. Consequently, both our bodies and our minds are getting the chance to restore themselves and it tops up our resilience in these difficult times.