Calm Your Nerves!
Yoga has been proven to be a significant part in stress reduction by changing the balance of our body functions controlled by your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS regulates the function of our heart, lungs, and intestines just to name a few. Within each person’s ANS are two main branches, the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS).
Our SNS is responsible for stimulating the body in cases of emergencies, causing the fight-or-flight response reaction called hyperarousal. For instances, when you get angry or are frightened you induce an external reaction, like short fast breathing. Short fast breathing leads to hyperventilation that reduces the blood flow to your brain. PNS is responsible for stimulating the body to "rest-and-digest" or "feed and breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating, or sexual arousal, salivation, lacrimation (tears), urination, digestion, and defecation.
Learn yoga poses that connect to your personal matters; PTSD, anger, anxiety, fear or whatever then practice them consistently. With the intention of positive change, focus on controlling your breaths and moving in and out the selected pose. Try it!