Benefits Of Ageless-Yoga: Emotional Resilience
Not just a set of skills ...
POSTED BY ANNE MARIE TOVEY ON 04/11/2020 @ 8:00AM
Emotional resilience during challenging times can be such a gift to help make the passage more bearable. But is it a skill or can it be learnt you may ask? In the yoga world, it is a benefit that comes with regular practice ...
Emotional resilience during challenging times can be such a gift!
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Resilience is also learned through the social connections that are built with other like-minded souls so Yoga is by no means unique in that sense, but it's been proven to be a great contributor to a more resilient self. It builds the ability to focus, through self-awareness and regulation of emotions, it provides the tools required for emotional resilience in challenging times.
So, let's look at the meaning of the word resilience. The Oxford Dictionary provides the following definitions:
the ability of people or things to feel better quickly after something unpleasant, such as shock, injury, etc
the ability of a substance to return to its original shape after it has been bent, stretched, or pressed
In short, it is the ability to bounce back successfully from personal adversity which could take many forms. Because we are all different, what may seem like nothing to one person may be challenging to another due to their personal experiences and frames of reference.
"Always acknowledge and appreciate your own uniqueness on the journey of life!"
How can yoga help? Well, through the physical practice of holding a pose for three breaths, resilience is built in the nervous system. By not giving in to the urge to give up, but persist through the strain, slowly we increase the nervous system's ability to cope with discomfort.
It also comes back to becoming aware of your own body and emotional state which is encouraged through yoga. In her article Bouncing back Building Resilience through Yoga Madu Hardasmalani confirms that, "Pushing ourselves during yoga practice to hold a pose when it seems we have reached our limit helps develop emotional resilience over time".
The breath plays a big part in this process. It provides us with another tool. By focusing and becoming aware of our breathing patterns during times of emotional difficulty, it is possible to alter the stress experienced in our bodies and minds.
The first step is to notice which part of the lungs are most active during the inhale by placing one hand on the chest and the other between the ribcage and the navel. Continue breathing and notice which hand moves the most. If the hand on the chest moves the most, it means the breathing is shallow and the body is in 'fight or flight' mode.
By encouraging the breath to enter all the way to the lower part of the lungs, it is possible to move the body to 'rest and digest', the more calming state. This allows the brain to focus better and gives us more control over our own emotions!
Sally Kempton, in her Yoga Journal article Bouncing Back: Yoga to Improve Emotional Health puts the difference that yoga makes on our emotional wellbeing so beautifully when she says, "Yoga often provides people with a powerful experience of inner tranquillity. Knowing that such a state exists - and that they can get there - has given countless yoga students the support to move through difficult times."' She goes on to say that resilience is not just a set of skills.
"It comes from our contact with the clear core of egoless awareness!"
Awareness is such a big part of what yoga brings into our lives on so many levels and with that acknowledgement also the ability to let go of that which holds us back. Applying some of these yoga tools allows us a moment of clarity to apply some wisdom, to see the situation from a different angle, and to remind ourselves of what Charlie Chaplin famously said: "Nothing is forever in this world, not even our problems".
Until next time ...
ANNE MARIE TOVEY
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About Anne Marie Tovey ...
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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