Chronic stress can literally hack your nervous system. Meaning that prolonged periods of stress triggers hormones in your body that keep you in a state of heightened awareness, causing you to actually seek out more stress in order to produce these familiar chemicals. You literally become addicted to stress!
An estimated 70% of people live by this primitive fight or flight nervous system, which causes the brain and the heart to become out of sync with themselves. This is why it’s so difficult to tap into your intuition or know what your heart truly wants in life when your body is focused on day to day survival.
These stress hormones also leave you feeling irritable. Humans were never meant to function under stress longerm, but our daily environment is full of stressors: the media, Facebook, natural disasters, depressing music, Corona Virus, the election, too much caffeine, traffic and being constantly plugged into technology. This is all so common that we don’t even realize that our body, mind and spirit has been hijacked by stress.
This causes you to live in survival mode, where you’re prone to making rash, short cited decisions about relationships, money, health, you name it. Your brain is wired only for short term survival and can’t see the bigger picture. And when your body thinks you’re trying to outrun a tiger, sleep is the last thing it will surrender to.
Learning to breathe optimally teaches you how to shift out of fight or flight. This isn’t just a fun skill to practice during yoga. The health of your body, mind and spirit all depend on it!