A guest post written by Kimberley Chandler, of Cinnamon Yoga.
It was fitting that our stay at The Scarlet came right after a hectic trip to India, where our last stop was Delhi – just before the recent riots broke out and as COVID-19 was slowly creeping mischievously into our every day conversation.
India was, as always, an assault on the senses. An extravagant display of raw human life, laid bare. I still can’t get enough of it.
The long bus rides, waits in airports and relentless traffic did, however begin to take it’s toll.
I had travelled solo to complete a further yoga teacher training in Yin yoga – which was as calm, restorative and rejuvenating as I hoped it would be.
This was followed by 10 days of state hopping, ultimately ending in the grand finale of the Taj Mahal in Agra.
During my yoga training I learnt about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which we all have – and I likened them to the Chinese concept of Yin & Yang. Yin being the slow, restorative, replenishing Female energy, and Yang being the quick, dynamic, fight or flight, masculine energy.
I learnt of the importance of having a balance between these energies – too much Yang and we feel stressed, strung out, un-centred. Too much Yin and we feel sluggish, lethargic, depressed.
It is a concept that I now apply to my daily life – to search for that sacred balance, the sweet spot where we have harmony, equilibrium with both energies.
Spending too much time in our Yang, our sympathetic nervous system, means we will be experiencing high levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone.
This can be physically and mentally detrimental to our wellbeing.
We can literally encourage ourselves to enter into our parasympathetic nervous system. It’s like having an emergency wellbeing tool kit.
Your wellbeing toolkit:
- Spending time in nature
- Getting a massage
- Relaxing music
- Creativity, arts
- Playing with animals / children
- Breathwork (Pranayama)
A stay at the Scarlet allowed us to replenish our Yin, to find peace, stillness and that dreamy balance once more after a hectic final two weeks in India. Thank you.
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