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Yoga for meltdowns and overwhelm 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

This week it is my joy to share with you three very simple yoga poses which are absolutely FANTASTIC for meltdowns and overwhelm.

They focus on massaging and stretching the gut, which is where we store trauma, undigested “stuff” which we shove down for another day, anger, fear, dread, and excitement. Professor Michael Gershon is the leading researcher in this field and the immense benefits of yoga have also been proven by Tiffany Field, another scientific leader in this field.

The gut stores 90% of the body’s serotonin, the neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence, and self-esteem. It also contains absolutely TONNES of the body’s dopamine, the neurotransmitter of focus, attention, concentration, productivity, and that gorgeous feeling of reward.

When we massage the gut by doing these yoga poses it helps our children (and ourselves) gently manage those feelings which build up to overwhelm and meltdown. Particularly for nonverbal people or those who simply do not have the vocabulary to express their emotions, these poses are hugely beneficial.

When we do them it pushes those happy hormones and coping chemicals up into the brain via the vagus nerve which connects our first brain to our second brain in the gut. We can then process emotions in a more controlled way which will eventually lead to self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-management.

You can do all three of these assisted too, as you will see in this week’s video.

Have a happy week everyone. This is my last article now for the next two weeks, so I wish you all a fabulous Easter.

Take care and see you soon, Love, Giuliana

Charity Well-being Ambassador

Yoga for meltdowns and overwhelm
Yoga for meltdowns and overwhelm
Yoga for meltdowns and overwhelm
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