Life Balance is hosting their final Yoga & Acupuncture sessions for the summer. We are holding two classes at very convenient times in hopes that everyone that wants to attend can: Midday on June the 9th and in the Evening on June 17th.
The class incorporates 45 minutes of yoga flow and 45 minutes of Acupuncture accompanied by a guided relaxation. Everything is geared to facilitate an ultimate relaxation session that will leave you feeling balanced and refreshed.
5 standard acupuncture points incorporated have the following functions:
The five points are: (1) The Autonomic Point which calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation; (2) the Shen Men or “spirit gate,” which reduces anxiety and nervousness; (3) the Kidney Point, for calming fears and healing internal organs; (4) the Liver Point for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression; and (5) the Lung Point, which promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.
Class size is limited to 10 participants so you must call early to secure your spot: 904-607-6661.
June 9th at 12:00 noon to 1:30pm
June 17th at 7:00-8:30 pm
Cost is $35/person
Addendum on May 31, 2015
Today I came across an article from Yoga International that spells out the benefits of yoga, pranayama (breathing technique), and meditation for the Stress response. I feel compelled to share the link and share the highlights:
Why attend these sessions?
When we feel stressed, our brain activates the sympathetic nervous system, which has come to be known as the fight-or-flight response. The problem is that for many of us the fight-or-flight response rarely switches off, and stress hormones wash through the body almost continuously. The upshot is that our bodies are in a constant state of tension, ready to fight or flee, and this causes a host of physical problems: elevated blood pressure, rapid shallow breathing, high blood sugar, and indigestion.
When we are constantly in fight-or-flight mode, the adrenal cortex begins to secrete cortisol. Cortisol acts on the liver and muscle tissues, causing them to synthesize sugars (glucose) and fats and release them into the bloodstream. But when this fuel is not metabolized in response to prolonged physical duress, disease results. Excess sugar in the bloodstream leads to diabetes, and excess fat to high cholesterol/high triglycerides.
Just as the fight-or-flight response automatically kicks in at the threat of danger, the rest-and-digest response automatically responds to our sense of equilibrium. When it is activated, the heart rate drops, blood pressure falls, and respiration slows and deepens. Blood flow to the core of the body is reestablished—this promotes good digestion, supports the immune system, and infuses us with a sense of well-being.
Breathing slowly and deeply is the easiest way to activate the rest-and-digest system. It is one reason yoga classes are so popular—they soothe frazzled nerves and quiet anxious minds.
YOGA (45 minutes of yoga therapy)
- Re-establishes healthy breathing patterns
- Teaches us to relax consciously and systematically,
- Gives us the opportunity to explore the inner workings of our minds through meditation
- Nourish and strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system so that the relax-and-digest response becomes our normal mode
- As long as you are breathing deeply and from the diaphragm, you will find that you can access a feeling of calm and balance even when you are confronted with an unpleasant situation.
- And you will also notice that if you allow your breath to become shallow by breathing from your chest, anxiety creeps in, your muscles tighten, and your mind begins to race and spin. When this agitated breathing is prolonged, it creates an unsettled and defensive outlook on life.
- Once you know this from your own experience, you can make a different choice.
SYSTEMATIC RELAXATION (Guided Meditation) (30-45 minutes)
To reverse well-established habits of holding tension in our bodies, we need to work with what the yogis call the energy body (pranamaya kosha). Systematic relaxation practices offer a precise, orderly technique for releasing tension from head to toe. By moving our attention through the body in a methodical fashion, usually while resting in shavasana (corpse pose). And all require that we withdraw our attention from the drama of our lives.
For the duration of the practice, we let go of our memories, plans, worries, and fantasies, and focus on what we are doing here and now as we move our awareness calmly and quietly from one part of the body to another.
Meditation helps us understand our mental habits by giving us the opportunity to observe them from a neutral vantage point.
Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.