Can you really get stressed to death?

What happens when you let go of a tightly wound up spring?  Or let go of a stretched out piece of elastic? Imagine what happens when you don’t deal with tension in the body.

Are you even aware of any tension in the body? I would like you to grab a pen while you read this.

Now grip it tightly and carry on reading.

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative and therapeutic yoga poses help us to relax, rest and heal body and mind deeply.

Stress takes on many forms in our lives.  From physical stress to mental stress.  Both can become chronic and when not dealt with can lead to all sorts of health issues :

  • poor sleep
  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • joint pain
  • depression
  • nervous disorders
  • autoimmune disorders
  • headaches
  • diabetes
  • the list could go on…….
The real problem I believe is that we are not present enough to even notice the stress until it’s too late.  We are often so used to feeling stressed or taking on too much stress that we simply no longer know what it feels like to release yourself from stress.  We are simply not mindful or present enough in our own bodies to be able to tackle it.  And we don’t have enough tools in place to help us manage stress OR how we react to it.
I am an advocate of relaxation, meditation and walking.  And these are the easiest to incorporate into your daily life.  A daily relaxing walk is the perfect time to get fresh air, notice the seasons and have a mental download.  Andrew Johnson offers a range of MP3s or apps that you can use to aid many things from relaxation to sleep. But there are plenty of other things you can do too if you prioritise your time and health more.  Recently I have been working tirelessly on my business and so have neglected to relax and unwind.  My sleep patterns have been affected and I have started to notice poorer food choices and cravings for caffeine and sugar – classic symptoms of stress.
Now – release that pen you were gripping tightly!  Did you forget?  How does it feel now?
For me it was as if the universe was listening!!  I noticed a restorative yoga session advertised with local instructor (Yogi) Brigitte.
Brigitte’s yoga style is heavily influenced by Anusara principles, she teaches a powerful flow practice, with a strong emphasis placed on postural alignment and therapeutics so that each student finds his or her unique optimal body blueprint moving towards a more vibrant, lighter, stronger, flexible, confident body.  You are in very experienced hands with Brigitte.  She has clocked up over 10 years of teaching and a over 25 practising.
This journey is the most wonderful adventure I have ever undertaken and I feel so lucky and honoured to be sharing it.….”
Brigitte oozes passion for her teaching and it is very evident in her sessions.
So what is Restorative Yoga and how will it help?

During deep relaxation, all the internal systems of the body are benefited enormously. Restorative poses re-engage the body’s natural healing mechanisms and help to release held patterns for the inner and outer body. This technique allows for renewal at all levels restoring health, balance and vitality to the body and mind. This comprehensive approach also supports and encourages specific areas of the body to heal so you can recover from depression, stress/fatigue/exhaustion, physical or emotional trauma, realign the body after injury, repair injured muscles and tissues, recover from surgery, immune system disorders. Restorative Yoga also promotes; the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, helps keep the endocrine system healthy, fertility and elimination. Brigitte also incorporates pranayama breathing techniques to release energy blockages within muscles, connective tissue and the deeper astral energy body. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching in a symmetrical way. The postures are usually adapted from seated, supine and inverted yoga poses, with the addition of blocks,soft bolsters, sand bags, blankets and eye cushions to eliminate unnecessary straining.

Complete beginners are also welcome to Brigittes private log cabin for these specialist small group yoga sessions. You can contact Brigitte to book your place. Cost is just £12 for 90 mins.  Brigitte also runs other classes, workshops, private tuition and retreats.  You can find out more here.

I simply floated away from my session and it had a huge impact over the following days.  Why not try one for yourself?

Big love, small tummies!

Jill – The Fat Controller


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