Reducing Stress Through Balance

The Parasympathetic (PNS) & Sympathetic System (SNS) are the two main autonomic nervous systems. Parasympathetic (the part that controls automatic functions) and The Sympathetic (activated during times of stress, equipping the body for a 'fight-or-flight' response). The SNS and PNS play a key role in the human stress response system. Excessively activating the SNS can be harmful to your body while the more time we spend in PNS, the healthier we are. Together they ensure that we have enough resources, in the right places, at the right time.

So how can we balance the two?  Balance can be found through breath, massage, meditation and yoga/exercise. Regular practice of yoga can strengthen not only the body, but also breathing and flexibility. Here at Blooming Bébé we have yoga classes that will help your child relax and learn how to balance between the two without even realizing it! We believe movement is the key to stimulating development in young children and it is also a great way to have your child learn about balancing their emotions.

"Yoga practices work by decreasing physiologic arousal and quieting down this continual play of the autonomic system. They can reduce one's heart rate and blood pressure, ease one’s respirations and increase heart rate variability—all signs of improved parasympathetic tone" - Ina Stephans