Special offer for Yoga 4 Faces!! If you come along to a class this year and bring a friend with you, one of you gets in for half price. Yay!! (£6 and £3 to pay). This offer will last until the November class. A fantastic chance to come along and find out what it’s all about.
Darwin Lecture, Robin Dunbar- part of Newcastle Insights Public Lectures Tue 11th Feb 2020.
Robin Dunbar is the academic who came up with Dunbar’s Number – the theory that we have on average 150 friends in our social circle. In the course of this talk covering the social bonding of primates and humans we learnt a little about the evolution of laughter.
Laughter is very primitive, coming well before the development of language. The great apes and chimps do it to show they are playing and not about to bite a limb off. The difference is that their laughter is a kind of pant on the exhalation with a vocalised inhalation. Thus sounding a little like ‘ha-huh-ha-huh’. Humans on the other hand only make the vocalised exhalation – ‘ha ha ha’. This prolonged exhalation puts stress on the chest walls. The body responds to this stress by releasing endorphins (endogenous morphine – pain relieving).
Another way that primates bond and produce endorphins is by grooming. It only works if the stroking is light and slow – 1-2 strokes per second. I tried this out with my Indian Head and Hand Massage techniques this morning and found my breathing deepened quite considerably. I had no idea I would learn so much information relevant to my work in a talk supposed to be about Darwin!!
Today’s Age UK class started with Mountain Pose (Tadasana). There were 20 people, and looking around as the teacher I felt like I was standing amongst a mountain range! Surreal experience!
Gong relaxation has been well received in all classes this week. Still working towards Bow pose.
Tonight’s relaxation took students on a journey following the path of the breath. First the focus was within the body. Then out into the world.
Imagine the outbreath travels far and wide to continents, oceans, landscapes far away. Imagine the inbreath coming to you from continents, oceans, landscapes far away.
Be connected to the world through the breath…
Focus on breathing this month. Humming apparently is a great way to boost the immune system and relax blood vessels, thus increasing our oxygen intake. It’s all to do with nitric oxide! (New Scientist 11 Jan 2020).
Plus inhaling and saying a firm and long SHHH! on the exhale is fantastic for eliminating butterflies in the stomach.
This week has been revising the back awareness sequence; building on our journey towards bow and introducing the calming 5pm breath:-
Breathe in for a count of 4, breathe out for a count of 6, hold for a count of 2.
5 breaths per minute, hence the name.
Fun session yesterday!
One regular commented that the sessions help her sleep. And a newcomer said she felt ‘lighter’ at the end of the session.