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Yoga to Tone the Vagus Nerve

This week we will focus on toning the vagus nerve. This description about the vagus nerve below will be a review for some of you:

  • We have voluntary and autonomic nervous systems. The autonomic nervous system consists of the sympathetic branch which activates us for fight or flight and the parasympathetic branch which helps us rest, digest, relax, and regenerate.

  • The Latin root of the term vagus means wandering. The vagus nerve wanders all over the body, from the brain to the face, neck, heart, lungs, to the digestive organs, and more. It is responsible for the brain/heart connection and the brain/gut connection.