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Yoga Journal - - Contents - By Sesa O’Con­nor

Be the eye of the hol­i­day storm with this calm­ing prac­tice from Sesa O’Con­nor.

WHETHER IT’S A big dead­line at work, re­la­tion­ship is­sues, hol­i­day sea­son busy­ness, or some other stres­sor, life can cer­tainly present chal­lenges that turn on our fight-or-flight re­sponse. This in­stinc­tual phys­i­o­log­i­cal stress re­sponse can serve us well in life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions. (To wit: the oft-cited run­ning-from-a-tiger sce­nario.) Yet these days, even stres­sors that aren’t life-threat­en­ing can switch on our fight-or-flight mode—and we stay in this height­ened stress state be­cause we can’t phys­i­cally run away from things like dead­lines or soar­ing day­care costs. The re­sult? We be­come re­ac­tive rather than re­spon­sive, and our over­all men­tal and phys­i­cal health takes a hit. En­ter this strong, bal­anced se­quence, de­signed to ground you even as life’s crazi­ness swirls around you.

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