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April 27, 2015
Hatha Yoga is also ideal for your nervous system, which makes is a personal favorite and a reason why so many students are coming to classes for the first time. The central nervous system is the power house and communications centre of the body.
Practise of the yoga asanas work strongly on every part of the spinal column, indirectly stretching the spinal cord, toning the nerve roots and freeing the nerves of any pressure as they emerge from the spinal column.
The health of our mental state influences our emotions, but conversely our emotions influence the state of our mental health. Therefore negative thoughts and emotions can cause serious disruptions in the nervous and hormonal systems, and conversely disruption in these systems can be the cause of negative emotions.
If the nervous system and hormone levels become unbalanced then illness such as exhaustion, hypertension, anxiety and depression can result. Practise of the Yoga asanas ensures that the nervous and endocrine systems are kept healthy and in balance, helping to keep the mind and emotions relaxed and stable. A healthy nervous system enables us to meet every event of life with calm and resilience giving us clearer sensory perception, and creating a sense of vitality and energy within our being.
The asanas stretch, tone and purify all the peripheral nerves, helping to strengthen them and stabilise our neurochemical transmissions. They also tone the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which act in opposition to regulate many of our voluntary and involuntary functions.
Yoga helps stabilise the responses of the nervous system to stress, and removes the constant muscular tension produced by repeated alerts from the central nervous system, as well as reduce the involuntary symptoms such as sweating and a racing heart, roused by the sympathetic nervous system. Through regular practise Yogis can achieve voluntary control over the sympathetic nervous system, which has been believed to be uncontrollable by voluntary action
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