yogarobin108On beating your brain. I study neuroscience in my spare time because it fascinates me. The latest talk I resonated with by Catherine Pittman, PhD, during recent Neuroscience Summit broke down two brain pathways to anxiety: amygdala and cortex. Amygdala anxiety is a learned, stored anxiety that is triggered and functions before thinking. Cortex anxiety produces thoughts by interpreting sensory information, often modifying and creating an inaccurate version of reality. When I first got instruction on this pose by Tim Miller #timji in his Improv class, I was sure I could not even attempt (let alone do) it without wall support. My cortex created a grand story on why not and my amygdala was probably triggered with fear in subtle body. Today, in preparation to study with Timji all week, the trigger settled down, my cortex told a more realistic story and without anxiety present, I went for it without any issue. Now to get psyched to balance 5 deep breaths and get my legs closer together. (Ashtanga 4th series, asana: Sayanasana--second photo) #ashtangayoga #neuroscience #integrativehealth
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