Yoga has truly always been “for the nervous system.” It is beneficial for all of our human systems an aspects.
The Sanskrit word, Yoga, is typically translated to English as Union. We could say it’s a practice to re-unite with self and other or to notice that there is no separation.
The first suggested practice of Yoga (in the 8 limbs) is Ahimsa. Love or Reverence. We practice asanas (postures) with this in mind. We walk through life with this in our heart. If we notice we are not practicing that, it’s an opportunity to practice.
One of my teachers, Mariana Caplan, says…
Yoga for the Nervous System is placing the emphasis on being kind to self. On being gentle. It is combining practices from Yoga and Somatics that bring us into the present moment.
Yoga is a practice of presence.
The more we research, study and practice the more we find to support our presence. Interestingly, another practice of Yoga is Svadhyaya - Self-study, Nature-study and the study of texts.
There are many things that can distract us from the present moment, and there are as many that can bring us back.
Yoga for the Nervous System is running for two more Sundays at 6:30pm at Kushala Yoga in Port Moody.
Hope to see you there,