Resiliency is the ability to recover quickly, to easily return to the original state. Within our nervous system, resiliency is the ability to fluidly shift between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system kicks in when we experience stress so that we are ready to run away, or to fight to keep ourselves safe. When the threat is past, the parasympathetic nervous system is reset for rest and digest. The parasympathetic nervous system is in charge of keeping our bodies healthy, while the sympathetic is emergency mode. While they each have an important roles, we don’t want to get stuck in either one.
Yoga and meditation help keep us resilient. During an active yoga class, every time we rest and come back to the breath in child’s pose or any resting pose, we are teaching the body how to easily transition from activity to rest, or from the sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous systems. On an even deeper level, meditation teaches us to watch our thoughts so that we are aware when these thoughts activate our sympathetic nervous system. We can then begin to change our thinking so that our thoughts keep us in our parasympathetic nervous system, allowing us to keep ourselves healthy.
Natascha Marler, LMT, E-RYT 200, CSNF, has been studying healing philosophies for over 18 years. She has been a massage therapist for 15 and a yoga teacher for 9. Her newest modality is Neurosculpting® meditation, a five-step meditation process that is specifically designed to rewire our thinking so that our nervous system stays in a healthy balance. She offers healing meditation and massage as part of the Apothecary Bar at Ignite Yoga Studios in Goodyear, AZ. She can be reached at (602)717-9963 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book directly on the Ignite Yoga Facebook page. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/ignitesoulyoga/.