Stress and Support
Your Body Knows Best
“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.” – BKS Iyengar
My last week was quietly coming to a close. I sat with my love as we enjoyed our evening rituals alongside our laughter until I was distracted by a sensation in my face. I chose to stay quiet and remain in our pleasant moment summing up this new sensation to a muscle spasm. As we started discussing our accomplishments and disappointments about the week gone by, I tried to defy the impulse to react, but couldn’t remain focused.
As we continued to reflect, I realised how much had actually taken place, not only in the last week, but also in the last several, and maybe I hadn’t downloaded everything I needed to process. When you are in constant motion and frequently feeling overwhelmed, we invite the inevitable into our body…STRESS. Stress isn’t always negative either. Maybe you are one of those people who perform better under pressure?
When you are in constant motion and frequently feeling overwhelmed, we invite the inevitable into our body…STRESS.
Stress is a message that comes directly from our nervous system and you may be completely unaware that your body is in a heightened state of stress, which can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. My left side lip-twitch was no muscle spasm but a loud and clear message
I couldn’t ignore anymore.
By next morning, I was experiencing a mild paralysis on the right side of my face. Fear and anxiety became more present signs of my stress. I knew I had to reach out to my health care resources and providers that I am so grateful to have surrounding me. And as I waited to be seen, I turned to my mat. It was the movement through my practice, the meditation in action, the release of tension on my cranial spine behind my neck, which allowed me to begin to process. Process the weeks past and the current position I had found myself in.
Now, I used my practice ‘to find an inner peace.’ I knew this was neither stroke nor heart attack. I hadn’t lost any cognitive abilities, but my symptoms did match up to a viral attack.
I knew I had to reach out to my health care resources and providers that I am so grateful to have surrounding me. And as I waited to be seen, I turned to my mat.
The one thing I know from my practice is that if my spine is misaligned my central nervous system is not going to perform at its peak. Being in tune with your body is the key to success and my yoga has taught me how to manipulate the minutia in my body to help align my spine. It has also increased my awareness to feel every single sensation on a cellular level. And I am ever-grateful today that I was listening.
Listen to your body, don’t discredit the messages, and find time everyday to meditate for what you are grateful for. This doesn’t mean you have to turn into what we coin being ‘true-yogi,’ which is just really a connotation…It means finding an inner quietude through
movement, breath, meditation and time, to allow for the
mind and body to connect and find balance. Here we will
find reduced stress and a healthier lifestyle. Namaste