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The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress… and the opposite of the fight or flight response.” It is “an opposite, involuntary response that causes a reduction in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Since 1971, there have been numerous studies on the relaxation response which have highlighted the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:
-Lower blood pressure
-Improved blood circulation
-Lower heart rate
-Less perspiration
-Slower respiratory rate
-Less anxiety
-Lower blood cortisol levels
-More feelings of well-being
-Less stress
-Deeper relaxation

Useful resource – TED Talks Video: How to Relax –

Bryan Russel guides us through a state of relaxation. Bryan has been inspiring people to live a better life through yoga for over a decade in a dozen countries. He believes strongly that more people doing yoga equals a better world.

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