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About half a year ago, I went to Redang island (Malaysia) with my family. We stayed in The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, and this hotel was filled with aroma fragrance every time and everywhere even though the public areas, such as reception and restaurant, were wide-open and not surrounded by walls. I was totally enticed with the atmosphere where we can relax and be refreshed by the fragrance of aroma. At the aroma shop in the hotel, I bought a complete set of aroma with the advice from the clerk, and am enjoying it everyday.
As I research more about aroma, I come to know it is really a profound world. Aroma has a lot of varieties according to each symptom and purpose. This time, I particularly looked into and summarized with my some notes of TTC classes about the effects of aroma when it is used in yoga.
By controlling the breath, yoga controls the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system is a function of the body that can not be controlled by ourselves but only breathing can be controlled.
Autonomic nervous system has two types of nervous, sympathetic (relax) and parasympathetic (tension). The deep breathing is to advance the parasympathetic, leading the mind and body to be relaxed.
The parasympathetic is advanced when we do deep breathing, but in yoga, since we keep moving the body while breathing, parasympathetic does not completely become advantageous.
Although all the yoga classes are programmed to the end that parasympathetic becomes dominant in Shabasana, depending on the style of yoga, sympathetic becomes dominant in some classes, and parasympathetic becomes predominant in the others.
In addition, pause can make difference. Sympathetic becomes advantageous in breath exhale, and parasympathetic becomes advantageous in breath inhale. By controlling the breath, yoga fixes …read more