Adrenaline and cortisol are among the hormones produced by the adrenal gland, and they are vital to life. Cortisol helps regulate the metabolism, along with helping your body respond to stress. Adrenaline is what enables your body to react to stress. Basic fight or flight is enabled by having these hormones produced in our body.
Sustained high levels of adrenaline and cortisol, however, are actually erally detrimental to the body’s health, causing destruction of muscle and bone, slowing healing and decreasing normal cell regeneration. These “stress hormones”, in large amounts, co-opt biochemicals which are needed by other glands in the endocrine system to make vital hormones. Sustained levels can lead, eventually, to many disorders of the metabolic system, from hypertension to cardiac disease.
Yoga is the ideal ‘medication’ to counter the damage that can be done by our stressful lives. The practice of yoga – all eight limbs of it – reduce adrenaline and cortisol levels in the body. By returning the body to a less physically stressed state, practicing yoga boosts the immune system and renders the body less susceptible to illnesses. Wearing Lapis Lazuli helps to balance the third eye chakra and aids in calming meditation.
“The mind is a subtle body and the body is a gross mind” is a quote that accurately describes how the body and mind interact and work together. Yoga improves our mental state, working from the inside out and at the same time working from the outside in. The movement of your physical body, the focus on breath, the conscious relaxing of the mind and muscles at the end of a class to integrate the time you spent creating the conditions for perfect integrated function.
Integrated functioning occurs when what you do, what you say, what you think, and what you feel are all aligned. How well integrated are you today?