The Stress Connection

Feeling overwhelmed, tired and stressed. Stress creeps up little by little. So slowly that you may never even notice the effects. Stress continues to build to a boiling point, a crescendo. This is how we lose ourselves. We live outside ourselves. We become the to do list. Slowly our life force energy begins to diminish and dis-ease may set in and take hold. Inflammation overtakes our immune system.

From the article: How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit

A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease.

“Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control,” said Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology within CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Cohen argued that prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone. Specifically, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s regulatory effect. In turn, runaway inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases.”

Now the good news. Yoga Nidra, the Yoga of Sleep, is a guided meditation which allows the mind to rest and the body to heal. Be guided to less stress and better health. Yoga Nidra reduces the stress hormone cortisol and at the same time increases the good hormones melatonin, serotonin, dopamine and gabba. Melatonin helps you sleep better. Serotonin is the I can handle anything hormone. Dopamine is the I feel good hormone. Gabba gives you a natural face lift and makes your skin glow. So you sleep better, can handle life better, feel good and look good!

Yoga Nidra is a gentle practice which leaves you feeling well rested, relaxed and ready to take on the world with clarity, compassion and a sense of accomplishment.