A month or a year? In some ways it feels like a lifetime ago since our last ‘live’ class in the lovely Primrose Hill Community centre, in other ways just a few weeks.
Since then I have learnt a lot, as I think we all have in one way or another, even if it is just how wonderful it is to venture out the house more than once a day or have a real ‘in-person’ conversation with a friendly stranger!
One of the things I have learnt this year is just how amazing our immune systems are.
We each have our own army of cells and organs designed to operate a formidable defence system against invaders like bacteria, pollen and viruses. This internal fighting force is intimately linked to everything else that goes on in our body, for example in our nervous, digestive and hormonal systems.
As I learnt in a recent six-week teacher training on ‘Yoga for immune and respiratory health’, stress tends to result in the release of hormones that help us stay focused under pressure. This is useful in the short term, but if the stress continues it can cause our immune system to become suppressed as the body saves energy for tackling the stress-related task or threat.
Happily, there are many simple and accessible yoga-related practices we can access to stimulate the ‘parasympathetic’ side of our nervous system, the part we need for rest, digestion, and staying calm under stress.
I am really keen to share some of these practices with you, especially as we move towards winter, so will be running a special 90 minute slow flow and restorative yoga/Qigong workshop on ‘Yoga for immune and respiratory health’ (£4-£14 – pay only what you can) on Saturday 12 September live on zoom. Do let me know if you are keen to come!
In the meantime, looking forward to seeing you at our regular Tuesday and Thursday classes, and hopefully in person sometime in the not too distant future!
Very best wishes,
Primrose Hill Yoga every Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-6.30. Live on zoom at present. First class £4.