Vagal Toning for
Reset Your Mind & Body with Vagal Toning Exercises
If you are living with an overwhelmed nervous system, your vagus nerve may need some toning.
The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve and interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. It is actually a cluster of nerves and comprises sensory and motor fibers. It and the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system and runs from your brainstem down through your neck, through your upper chest and torso and then clusters around your gut. Nearly 90 percent of its communication is from your body up to your brain.
The tone of the vagus nerve is significant to the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. The higher the tone, the more efficient you are at relaxing. Stimulating the vagus nerve stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turns reduces our neurophysiological experience of stress.
Higher vagal tone is associated with better general health. It leads to better blood sugar regulation, reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, improved digestion and a reduction in migraines. It is also associated with increased emotional stability, resiliency and longevity.
Lower vagal tone is associated with mood instability, depression, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive impairment, chronic inflammation, and cardiovascular disease.
Qigong, yoga, somatic movement, breath exercises and specific vagal toning exercises all help develop vagal tone.
Coaching sessions will help you reset your mind and body through breath, vocal toning, and movement exercises.
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