This month we are focusing on changing the paradigm around how we experience and process the reaction of stress, stressful situations and the aftermath.
Stress is not meant to harm us, but is rather a reaction that is hardwired from within to help us survive. Of course, it doesn’t always seem like that but according to research, this is due to our perception of stress, rather than the stress itself. The good news about perception is that changing it is something we can control. This is especially important given that how we respond to stress is fundamental to our vitality, longevity and wellbeing. The side effects of long term accumulated chronic stress can become insidious, permeating into so many areas of our lives, increasing inflammation and belly fat, and causing weight gain, muscle loss, cancer and infertility to name a few, as well as breaking us down mentally, physically, emotionally and energetically - even triggering many diseases. In fact, 95 percent of all illness is caused or worsened by stress.
We have entered the new astrological year a couple of weeks ago. This passage marked a stepping stone into the New and Unknown. During the first three weeks of this month, we are under the Aries influence which instills the pioneer instinct in you - wanting to explore new territory full of hope and excitement. The Taurus phase that follows calls you right back to whatever is stable and tangible. This swing of the pendulum from adventurousness to comfort and security makes this month hugely contrasting and varied.
Inside our bodies, there is an innate intelligence and natural recovery response that unwinds tension, restores balance, and reboots our resilience. It’s called the nervous system. And with the hustle and bustle of everyday life this important system can really take a hit, especially with the sheer level of stress we are all exposed to these days!
February is a super exciting month for the Aligned Life Studio and our community as we are introducing several new ways to get aligned and flowing. This month, the amazing Charlie Morgan joins the Aligned Life Studio with classes in yoga, meditation, and breathwork.
I am so thrilled to welcome Charlie to the Studio as she not only is a fantastic world-class yoga instructor with a beautiful personality that I know you are all going to love, but she is also trained in one of my loves, myofascial release. Charlie incorporates fascia-focused techniques into her yoga practice, so her teaching perfectly complements the existing workouts in the Aligned Life Studio. Plus, Ilooooveyoga and have practiced it for years (as well as having some basic yoga training).