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In the 75 million years of evolution, the human body has adapted remarkably well to whatever environment it has faced. In our current form, Homo sapiens remains have been found in Africa that are approximately 200,000 years old. With the exception of getting taller and minor facial changes, not much has changed in the human body since that period. In the last 100 years however, our environment has changed dramatically, thanks to the industrial and technological revolution.

The hypothalamus of our brain processes all the information our senses take in. While our brains are quite astonishing, our hypothalamus is still rather prehistoric. It has just not quite caught up to handle the overload of sensory information we receive on a daily basis in our modern world.

For this reason stress and anxiety disorders are being reported in over 40 million Americans each year. If left untreated, anxiety can lead to serious physical conditions such as cardio vascular disease, weight problems, autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, digestive issues. Emotionally, untreated anxiety can lead to insomnia, depression, full blown panic attacks and even suicide.

Mindfulness - "A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Learning to cure what should not be endured and to endure what cannot be cured"

Thankfully we have discovered a tool for coping with and managing our stress response, called mindfulness. While it dates back almost 8,000 years, in the past 30 years there has been explosive growth in understanding mindfulness. In yoga centers all across the world each day, like minded individuals are grateful to have found each other and their mindfulness practice in yoga and meditation classes.

"The data tells a compelling story," says Carin Gorrell, editor in chief of Yoga Journal. "More people than ever across all age groups are realizing the benefits of yoga, from stress relief to flexibility to overall well-being."

"Beyond yoga's increasing popularity, what's fascinating is the data shows that those who practice and teach yoga have measurably better perceptions of their individual strength, balance, dexterity, and mental clarity versus non-practitioners," said Yoga Alliance Executive Director and COO Barbara Dobberthien.

Many of us find ourselves so busy taking care of others, that we neglect our own needs. If you have not made time for yourself in a while, now might be the time to realign your priorities and take time to practice mindfulness each day.

If you're too busy to make it to a yoga class, just sit still for 5 minutes and practice stillness, listening to your breath. The benefits of this small investment are immeasurable; you will be able to take even better care of those you love and care about with a healthier mind, body and spirit.

See you on the mat!

David Scott Yglesias (Founder, E-RYT)
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