Fight or Flight - Rewriting Your Stress Response

Ashleigh Sergeant
The Science of Happiness
S1:Ep1HathaAll Levels-1, 259 mins

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.

Instructor/Host: Ashleigh Sergeant
Video Language: English