By Veronika Pena
There is not a body out there that does not benefit from movement; whether gentle or more vigorous movement is required, movement has scientifically proven benefits, and it makes you feel better. Gentle exercise such as Yoga, are suitable for everyone, and unlike other forms of exercise, Yoga, with its great variety, has the ability to reach many parts of the body, including the neural systems.
The primitive reflex system connects our first impulses of neurological development and it is done through movement. Even though we are all wired differently, we go through the same natural early stages of connecting up that influence, shaping how we function today. However, certain influences can interfere with this wiring up process, and children and adults alike may experience a backlog in their system.
Yoga is a powerful breath, body and mindful movement that synchronises our natural flow and frequency. It strengthens, re-balances and re-organises body, mind and inner wellbeing from the inside out. Yoga also works on changing our deep neurological patterns, giving us a way to physical health and happiness.
Those who have practised Reflex Yoga have reported a dramatic increase in their body awareness. If they have any particular tensions in their body, these become more obvious, and what’s more, Reflex Yoga helps them relax these areas at will, by performing stretches in a safe and relaxed manner.
If there are chronic holding patterns, then these are eased through regular practice. We tend to respond with tension to compensate for a weakness, and a pattern is then formed. For instance, someone with a frozen shoulder will begin to understand how they are exacerbating the problem by holding tension in their shoulder, but even when in pain, they can begin to release this tension. Another example is of someone with very tight hamstrings who struggles to bend forward; they will begin to notice how they are drawing their legs in towards the body rather than letting them go ‘into the ground’. Reflex Yoga can help people see how they are compensating with tension when one part of their body is weak.
My style of teaching aims to make Yoga effortless and pain free. Using the knowledge of the nervous system as a base and the traditional Yoga poses as its tool, this method produces excellent results and a deeply relaxing experience. We approach the body through the lens of retraining it to do what it was able to do once, the perfect blueprint for which we each have encoded in our nervous system. There is no wrong way of doing this type of Yoga, there is only your way. Reflex Yoga is suitable for anyone seeking physical release as well as mental health improvements, and those with anxiety, depression, autism and ADHD can benefit greatly from this form of movement and its unique style of teaching.
Reflex Yoga classes are available in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Also General Hatha Yoga, Private Sessions, Courses and Workshops, Online Sessions. Adult Neuro-Sensory Yoga and Yoga for Autism.
Tel: 01600 890 966 or 07799 532 826 – Veronika Pena
Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.