Relaxation – Full body systematic relaxation


This is the first in a series of deep relaxation practices to help you release your inner healing abilities.  Systematic relaxation is proven to help manage many health and social behavioural issues such as high blood pressure, hypertension, anxiety, panic attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, type 1 diabetes, insomnia, anger, depression, exhaustion and discontent to name a few. The series intention is to enhance what you can do in addition to any therapy or medications you may be on for your health and wellbeing.

Whether you are new to or not so new to a Yoga and Meditation practice, chances are you have only experienced the tip of the iceberg as the saying goes.  A little anatomy knowledge of the workings of the brain can help deepen your understanding of just how you can achieve healing and inner peace.

Here’s a simple anatomy 101 on the human nervous system which is defined as the sum total of the tissues that record and distribute information within a person and does so by electrical and chemical means.  It has two distinct parts based on their locations in the body, these are the central and peripheral nervous systems (abbreviated as CNS and PNS).  The (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord which are safely contained within the skull and vertebral canal of the spine.  The (PNS) is made up of all the other nerves that are outside of the brain and spinal cord.  The (PNS) controls many mechanisms in the body, the one we will focus on is the parasympathetic nervous system and the four cranial nerves it controls, particularly the tenth cranial nerve known as the vagus nerve. The parasympathetic nervous system is referred to as the ease nerves that control the rest, digest and relaxation response.

One very effective way to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and its cranial nerves is through long, slow, deep breath work, systematic relaxation and meditation.  Here’s a simple practice to do daily and often, to calm your nervous system and help reduce high blood pressure.  Put a timer on and try to slow your breath down to 8 or 10 breaths per minute.  Do this between one to three minutes a few times per day in hopes of training your body to stay calm relaxed and balanced.

The instruction for this practice is simple: Listen carefully to the audio recording, if your mind becomes distracted, simply come back to the sound of my voice and continue to listen to the recording until the end.  Over time the intention is to be able to listen and follow the recording without getting lost in thought.  To be present, focused on the one current task with complete peace of mind.   I encourage you to journey along in this series and release the possibilities of your inner healing power.

In Gratitude
Bliss | Ease | Wellbeing

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