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The Science of Happiness: Fight or Flight - Rewriting Your Stress Response

Episode 1
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Learn to rewrite your unconscious response to stress in this hatha practice with Ashleigh Sergeant. When danger is present, whether it be physical danger (car accident, being attacked) or perceived danger (relationship worries, financial concerns), the body kicks on a series of physiological responses that induce stress and protection on the body. This activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System is often referred to as the “Fight or Flight” response. The endocrine system then releases the stress hormone called cortisol. This hormone induces emotions like worry, fear, anger and grief, all resulting in stress. High cortisol levels are associated with chronic fatigue, memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Through conscious breath work, structured concentration and practice in moving through perceived “danger” we can learn to shift our unnecessary stress responses so we are no longer subject to our feelings of anxiety and unrest.

Props: 2 blocks, blanket, strap, eye pillow

Music by Preston Pierce.

Wardrobe by Maha Devi.

English

Episodes

Fight or Flight - Rewriting Your Stress Response Video
4.78899
Episode 1 Fight or Flight - Rewriting Your Stress Response
Fight or Flight - Rewriting Your Stress Response (May 2016)
Episode 1
, 59 minutes
Learn to rewrite your unconscious response to stress in this hatha practice with Ashleigh Sergeant.
Available worldwide
New Neural Pathways Video
4.784315
Episode 2 New Neural Pathways
New Neural Pathways (May 2016)
Episode 2
, 18 minutes
In the second episode of Ashleigh Sergeant's The Science of Happiness series, she shares the nourishment that can come from meditation.
Available worldwide
Rest and Digest - Parasympathetic Nervous System Video
4.615385
Episode 3 Rest and Digest - Parasympathetic Nervous System
Rest and Digest - Parasympathetic Nervous System (May 2016)
Episode 3
, 61 minutes
In this Hatha practice, Ashleigh Sergeant helps you invite calm to the parasympathetic nervous system.
Available worldwide
Evolutionary Emotions of the Limbic System Video
4.817075
Episode 4 Evolutionary Emotions of the Limbic System
Evolutionary Emotions of the Limbic System (May 2016)
Episode 4
, 17 minutes
This meditation with Ashleigh Sergeant helps you bring awareness to your Limbic system.
Available worldwide

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MegP4, posted on May 21, 2016

Wow. I definitely felt a shift after this class. Like a previous poster, I am familiar with these concepts, but I feel like my body really learned it for real, deep down, today. Ashleigh's instructions are so clear and gentle. I really connect with her classes. I feel like I have a new, useful tool now that can fundamentally change my life for the better going forward. If you're looking for exercise, this class may not be for you, but if you need an effective way to slow down, come back to yourself, this is the one.

nomikenan, posted on May 18, 2016

At first, I listened, thinking, well, I know all this, because I write about health. But my BODY doesn't know any of it, I realized as I started the practice. Then, the thought arose: How can I rewrite anything at my age? Sure, when you're 20, 30 or maybe even 40. But after that? Well, I am willing to find out. Ashleigh is a wise and wonderful teacher, and this felt more like yoga and less like an exercise class than just about any of the videos I've done here. Thank you. I'll try the second one. Even at my age.

KristenL@Gaia, posted on May 19, 2016

Hi NOMIKENAN,

Thank you so much for sharing your practice! We are so glad to hear that you loved Ashleigh's class. Here's the link to the full Science of Happiness series, and you can add any of the videos to your playlist to practice again later!

http://www.gaia.com/tv/science-happiness

:)
KristenL@Gaia

rjpesson, posted on May 9, 2016

I don't know why, but i've learned more from your videos than I have learned in the last 3 years of practicing yoga. Maybe i'm just ready to hear and be aware, but i know that whatever place you are coming from is resonating with me. It started with your therapeutic video for back pain and this video is amazing. Thank your for teaching and sharing your wisdom. I hope that you continue to share this wisdom with us, because I feel more transformation after having practiced with your instruction. I don't know what else to say but Namaste.

valena, posted on May 9, 2016

I Love you Ashley, you explain things so well and really get me to realize what is happening in my body!! Thank you for the time you take to explain what is really going on in the body and how to retrain your mind and body!!
Nameste

micmorris12, posted on May 6, 2016

What a gentle and wonderful class! All the information at the beginning of the practice resonated with me, and I was happy to learn what is happening to my body during stressful times. I can feel an overall relief in my body as well as my mind. Thank you Ashleigh!

cazfab, posted on May 6, 2016

Beautiful Ashleigh, my dad sadly died last Wednesday and my body has been a knot of stress and confusion and this was the first time I have felt grounded and stilled since then. A lovely, thoughtful, gentle practice. Thank you!

esteladuarteayala, posted on May 5, 2016

I didn't know where to post this, but THANK YOU for continuing to produce MY YOGA ONLINE videos. When I browse for something, I honestly skip ALL the GAIA produced videos. They feel too "80's VCR workout video" they lack the spirit of MY YOGA ONLINE. It's fine to have variety but PLEASE just keep the MYO's videos coming :)

NicoleUrdang, posted on May 14, 2016

My Yoga Online videos are the best.

KristenL@Gaia, posted on May 9, 2016

Hi ESTELADUARTEAYALA,

Thank you for commenting! We're so glad to hear that you're enjoying our new yoga videos, look forward to more to come! Thank you for your support!

KristenL@Gaia

ramyavis, posted on May 5, 2016

Happy to spot this on Gaia home page after a stressful day. Always learn a lot from Ashleigh. Will remember the belly breath and fight/flight response through out the day!
Never seen another yoga practice address stress as good as Ashleigh has done with this one. Will be coming back to this on every stressful situation.
Thank you Ashleigh!

naomic55, posted on May 5, 2016

thanks!
naomi from Canada

cmccall522, posted on May 4, 2016

Thank you Ashleigh; just what I needed for my stress!

lakhwala, posted on May 4, 2016

Just what I needed. During these Changing Times, this IS the perfect practice. Thank You, Master. Much Love.

Zuleica, posted on September 8, 2016

I'm on my 3rd round of doing this series, I've found it really transformative, thank you so much it!

By the way, I swear the first time I did this class it had headstand in it???

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