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How Yoga Interacts Powerfully with our Nervous System

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By Andrew McGonigle   The Vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve that exits the brain directly and extends from the head to the abdomen. The word vagus means “wandering” in Latin.   80% of the fibres of the Vagus nerve are afferent, carrying sensory information to the central nervous system from our organs regarding how safe/unsafe we feel, helping us to regulate our stress response. The Vagus nerve also innervates the muscles of the pharynx, soft palate, larynx (speech)…

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Pain in the Neck

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This weeks guest blog is by Andrew McGonigle (Dr.Yogi) who will be coming to our Camden studio this October to run two day-long workshops for teachers and trainees, focusing on anatomy and dealing with injuries. See here for more details. Neck tension has become a very common part of modern day life and can have a big impact on our energy levels, mental clarity and general wellbeing. Neck pain is now one of the most common musculoskeletal problems along with…

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The Integrity of Yin

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“I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it” I taught a yin yoga class recently, and at the end one of the first-timers came to ask me about the difference between yin yoga and restorative yoga. She had been practising yin for a while but was a wee bit surprised because the other yin classes she had done were ‘very different’ and ‘much…

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