What is Gentle Somatic Yoga?
Do you ever have those days when you lose your phone or you walk into the kitchen and then forget what you walked in there to get? Well, you're not alone! Sometimes our nervous system forgets things as well.
After a muscle has been tensed for a long period of time due to stress or repeated movements, sometimes they forget how to relax. This leads to chronically tight, painful muscles. This also can happen due to a sudden injury. This forgetfulness is called sensory motor amnesia.
In these situations, it is the brain that needs to re-learn how to relax the muscles. Gentle Somatic Yoga works to do just this.
Just like other forms of yoga, one of the goals of gentle somatic yoga is to increase awareness of the mind-body-soul connection. While traditional yoga focuses on stretches and strengthening muscles, gentle somatic yoga focuses on small, mindful movements that work to erase chronically tight muscles. By working slowly and mindfully, not only do we increase our mind-body-soul connection, we also work to erase sensory motor amnesia.
P.S. Also...it feels good!