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Yoga and Reducing the Body's Fight-or-Flight Response

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

One of the most profound realizations to be gained from the practice of yoga is "You don't win by punishing your body. You convince it, seduce it, talk it down from the ledge of ambition and anxiety. Yoga is not a struggle but a surrender". This quote comes from a popular article in Time magazine. You should read this article, it's interesting to see where our modern world has taken this ancient practice. I don't think it's a bad thing.

Practicing yoga will not only help to relieve stress created in a person's mind, but it will physically remove stress and relax your body. Time magazine continues..."The autonomic nervous system," explains Kripalu's Faulds, "is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what's been called the Relaxation Response. When you do yoga — the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body — you initiate a process that turns the fight-or-flight system off and the Relaxation Response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms."

Reducing the body's tendency to revert to the flight or fight response will help a patient heal a disc herniation while undergoing treatment on the DRX 9000. This decompression system requires relaxation and as you can read about in the previously mentioned article and in many others, yoga (amongst other techniques) does provide that.

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