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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” - Alan Watts
Why is Change So Challenging?
Cognitive bias: Humans have a tendency to rely on cognitive biases, such as confirmation bias and status quo bias (see below for a quick explanation of these terms), which make it difficult to embrace change. These biases create a mental inertia (ah yes…procrastination…?) that hinders our ability to adapt to new situations.
Fear of the unknown: Change often brings uncertainty and unpredictability, triggering fear and anxiety in humans. Our brains are wired to seek stability and avoid potential threats. Stepping into the unknown requires us to venture outside our comfort zones, which can be uncomfortable and overwhelming. (Quick therapy note here: Remember that familiar equals safe when it comes to our brains.)
Habitual patterns: We humans are creatures of habit, and our brains are wired to create and reinforce routines and familiar patterns (familiar = safe!) These habits provide a sense of stability and reduce cognitive load by automating certain behaviors. However, when confronted with change, these ingrained habits— which have morphed into patterns— can act as obstacles. Breaking old patterns and forming new ones requires conscious effort, discipline, and perseverance.
A Couple of Concepts:
Are You Biased?
*Confirmation bias leads us to seek information that confirms our existing beliefs and ignore or dismiss information that challenges them.
*Status quo bias makes us prefer the familiar and resist change, even if it may be beneficial in the long run.
Yoga Therapy, Neuroplasticity and Neurological Conditions
The understanding of neuroplasticity has revolutionized our knowledge of the brain's ability to change throughout our lives…
This remarkable phenomenon has significant implications for individuals with neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and others. Scientific research has shown that yoga therapy techniques can have a profound impact on the symptoms associated with these conditions.
A growing body of evidence suggests that yoga practice can lead to noticeable changes in symptoms, even for individuals with serious neurological conditions.
Moreover, even in cases where symptom improvement may not occur, yoga can help individuals transform their relationship with their condition and enhance their overall well-being.
Living with a lifelong neurological condition requires constant mental and physical effort. In this context, yoga therapy offers a supportive and potentially long-term therapeutic approach. It goes beyond conventional interventions by emphasizing the cultivation of an easeful connection between the mind and body.
Rather than simply targeting specific symptoms or viewing neurological diseases as battles to be fought, yoga therapy provides a personalized self-care resource that aims to improve or sustain day-to-day well-being and overall quality of life.
Pilot studies have yielded promising results for the use of yoga therapy in managing Parkinson's disease.
One such study indicated that yoga can improve physiological and non-motor factors that contribute to a better quality of life over a relatively short period.
Similarly, research conducted at Rutgers University explored the benefits of yoga for individuals with multiple sclerosis. The findings revealed improvements in walking abilities, balance, fine motor coordination, and the ability to transition from sitting to standing. Participants reported enhanced quality of life in terms of mental health, concentration, bladder control, walking, and vision, accompanied by reduced pain and fatigue.
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