What are the benefits of a slower Yoga practice?
Emerging research suggests several important benefits of slow, mindful movement practices.
Scientists are starting to understand the benefits slow movement has on important
systems involved in the regulation of energy including:
Improves energy – Metabolism – The Immune System – The Pain Response System
Body Temperature Regulation – Hormones
If you have low energy or feel fatigued or exhausted, slow movement may help reduce fatigue, nourish your body, and improve your energy.
Slow, mindful Yoga trains your nervous system to build resilience, adapt to stressors, develop greater patience, and improve overall health and wellbeing.
Dealing with Chronic Pain?
Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in recent years regarding the benefits of slow movement is in the field of chronic pain.
Chronic pain has baffled the medical community. It is a growing public health problem. But science is starting to understand that slow, mindful movement can begin to unravel pain signals, reduce sensitization, and reorganize the nervous system.
This in turn helps to develop a more functional and accurate connection between
the body and mind so that chronic pain is reduced, this process fosters the “rest and digest” or parasympathetic nervous system response, which is helpful for reducing chronic pain.
Eases symptoms of Depression.
Holger Cramer, a prolific German yoga researcher, suggests that yoga can significantly ease the symptoms of depression. Improves nervous system function Decreases stress hormones Activates attention networks Reduces emotional reactivity Reduces dysfunctional thoughts Enhances positive psychological characteristics Here’s what one of his studies says specifically about the benefits of yoga for depression: Improves nervous system function Decreases stress hormones Activates attention networks Reduces emotional reactivity Reduces dysfunctional thoughts Enhances positive psychological characteristics
The Rest and Digest response of the nervous system is essential for digestion. It is a below the-level of consciousness function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Through slow, mindful movement, self compassion, kindness, and prioritizing
self-care, the body can override stress
signals and improve digestion.
Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis?
There is some interesting research suggesting that slow, mindful practice can be beneficial to many chronic conditions. While fast yoga may support cardiovascular fitness, slow yoga practice does something different – it develops “interoceptive awareness,” or the capacity to feel into your body and make good
choices based on a deeper selfunderstanding.
As a culture, we are facing a health crisis from the effects of chronic stress, and the medical system doesn’t have all the answers.
Stress is relieved by learning how to better regulate your nervous system.