Why everyone’s nuts about meditation, yoga, and mindfulness

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Our gas pedal’s down

Today’s world is hectic, and it’s easy to be a little bit stressed out most of the time. We all know that, so I assume there’s no need to elaborate. Let’s continue.

If there’s a gas, there has to be a break

Our biological brake is called a parasympathetic nervous system. Through the vagus nerve, it calms our body down after the fuss, reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and stimulating digestive system: that’s why we also call it a rest and digest response.

This brake works both ways

And what does this have to do with yoga and other practices mentioned above? Here’s the thing: our biological break calms our body down, but we can also help activate it ourselves. Relaxing the muscles, focusing on the now, resting, and deepening our breathing are known to activate the ‘rest and digest’ response.

Do yourself a favor

Every now and then — without any excuses — do whatever makes your muscles relax and heart rate slow down to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Marathons are not possible without resting before and after the performance. And life can be quite a marathon, even without running.

“I usually run a marathon without resting before and after it.” — said no one ever

Never, ever underestimate the importance of resting.


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Henna Haapanen

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Passionate about health, wellness, and stress management. MScBA, Freelance Content Writer, Yoga Teacher, and a traveler.

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