This month’s session took a look at the vagal nerve. This is the 10th cranial nerve which arises in the face and meanders down to the heart, lungs and gut – hence its other name, ‘the wandering nerve’.
The vagal nerve promotes the relaxation response – the heart and the breathing slow down, blood flows to the skin and tissues, the gut digests.
The vagal nerve can be accessed in two ways – by softening the eyes, lips, tongue and jaw, and by practising the Loving Kindness meditation. These are both regular practices in yoga. Good to know their relation to the face and nervous system.
We also practised the Face Twist and Face Plank among other activities.