Each of the following meditations will focus on some aspect of relaxing the body. This type of breathwork meditation is great for stress as it nurtures your nervous system. Because it is an active breath it really supports your body, allowing you to engage with it while also relaxing it deeply.
Let’s get scientific for a minute (we will get spiritual later)…
Deep breathing has an effect on your brain, heart, digestion, immune system, and even your genes! The sympathetic nervous system is triggered during stress, and breathing deeply stimulates an opposing parasympathetic reaction - this is the system that will help to calm you down. Even short spans of deep breathing can have an effect on the stress response in our bodies (down to our cells and even our DNA), which is pretty amazing.
The two part breathwork also stimulates your hypothalamus gland, a small almond shaped glad inside the brain. This gland maintains the homeostasis of the body, it has control over many functions in the body like your heart rate, blood pressure, sleep cycles, and it also produces substances that influence the pituitary gland to release certain hormones into the body. Hormones such as Oxytocin which is what is released when you orgasm and it is also the hormone connected to your ability to trust, and CHR which stimulates the adrenal glands to release corticosteroids which helps your immune system (this is one of the reasons you get sick when you are really stressed out).
So, you can see that the simple act of breathing more deeply can have a powerful effect on the function and wellbeing of your body. This is the most written information you will have during the next 6 weeks, I promise. ;) I simply want to explain to you why breathwork is such a powerful tool to use during stressful times, like the holidays. And why I am focusing on relaxing different aspects of the body each week to not only help support you during this time of year, but also allow for an opening to connect with the magic that is all around us during the winter season.
Daily Routine Support
Think about something you can start to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine to help support you during this workshop. This should be something you can still do while you travel if you plan to do so. Maybe it’s taking a morning walk, making a tea with adaptogens, journaling, making time to connect with your partner at the end of each day, it might be trying to speak up more about your needs, going more easy on yourself like when you have a second piece of pie… maybe it is doing these meditations. Whatever it is make the commitment here and now that you will make this a priority to do for yourself. Think about this thing as a reward for yourself. Integrating a new element into your routine is not about perfection, but about practice.
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