Stress is an underlying and common theme in diminished wellbeing. It may show up as…Muscle tension. Pain. Headaches. Overwhelm. Worry. Anxiety. Indecision. Irritability. Restlessness. Sleep problems. Burnout. Fatigue. Sadness. Disconnect. And the list goes on. Stress affects every aspect of our lives.
In essence, stress is our body’s natural alarm system. The alarm is a normal response to a perceived threat. It sets off a well-orchestrated series of reactions to make us alert, focused, and careful when we truly need it. All to often, however, our system sounds a false alarm. When there’s no actual danger. Real or not, we experience the same cascade of hormonal and physiological changes.
The alarm triggers an instinctive fight, flight, or freeze response. Our heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, and muscles tense. Blood sugar and fats flood the bloodstream to give us a boost of energy. Our immune, digestive, and reproductive systems—deemed unnecessary in an emergency—are suppressed.
We’re not designed to be on high alert at all times. That’s why our alarm system has a counterbalance. Once a threat has passed, and we’re safe, our relaxation response naturally calms us down.
That’s what’s supposed to happen. But for many of us, alarms—both real and false—are going off at every turn. We’re in a perpetual state of reaction. We don’t feel safe. Overwhelmed with stress, we literally forget how to relax. And we suffer physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.
This is where yoga therapy comes in. The yogic model of health uniquely addresses every aspect of our lives. Infinite therapeutic practices are available to alleviate tension, increase resilience, and cultivate ease. To transform our reaction to stress. To consciously re-engage the relaxation response. To teach us how to feel safe again.
The healing practices of yoga were originally developed to help people reach their highest human potential. Yoga therapy applies these practices to transform suffering and optimize wellbeing. Yoga therapy offers stress relief and resilience through movement, mindfulness, and lifestyle changes and education. Practices empower clients with easy, sustainable techniques to address both the symptoms and the source of stress.