Yoga is not only a popular form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training, it is also known for providing emotional release and spiritual growth, allowing yogimis to become more in touch with both the body and soul. Vinyasa Flow is a type of yoga that turns static yoga poses into one, long flow of movement.
When trying Vinyasa for the first time, one is often struck by the how balanced and harmonious the movements are, without being overly symmetrical or repetitive. Most first-timers leave the studio bathed in sweat and feeling calm, centered, and spiritually elated. Vinyasa is one of those rare forms of exercise that has the power to dramatically restore balance and harmony in the body. In fact, Vinyasa Yoga has been shown to, not only ease stress and tension, but actually alter the bodyâ€™s predisposition to become anxious in the first place.
Unbalanced through Conditioning
An article in Psychology Today suggests that the brain can become unbalanced through conditioning. Certain life habits and thinking patterns can cause the brain to develop those particular neural pathways, or “muscles,” more than others. “In the brain, exercise is essentially thinking, visualizing, or any number of mental activities that stimulate parts of the brain,” states the author. “Evidence suggests that certain thoughts are governed by very specific brain structures, and these structures develop and strengthen through use.” So, in other words, the more angry reactions you have to stimuli, the more those brain patterns will become strengthened and replicated. So the possibility to push your brain to become neurologically imbalanced is a very real phenomenon.
Fear and Anxiety
Additionally, Science Daily reported information about a simple microcircuit in the brain that controls the release of fear and anxiety. The microcircuit is made up of two opposing functions that balance one another and work as a gateway. If they are tipped off-balance, fear and anxiety will be released. â€œFear begins in your brain,” states the author, “and it is there … that it is controlled, processed, and let out of the gate to kick off the rest of the fear response.â€
What this means for all of us is that, the more we continue harmful patterns or thought processes, the more likely it is to feel off-balance, and the greater health risk we pose to ourselves. However, taking action to regain small amounts of balance can work to level microcircuits in the brain and adjust negative patterns, leaving us less susceptible to feelings of stress and anxiety.
Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and online degrees. She welcomes your comments at her email: lopezjemima562 @ gmail.com.