Connection | Yoga for Emotional Balance | Celebrating 400 Episodes | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 400

by Melissa West on September 8, 2017

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Connection


While we think that earning more money is going to make us happier, science of neurobiology is showing again and again, that is our social connections that matter the most. In this intermediate hatha yoga class we will explore how connection is crucial to our emotional balance. We will begin this hatha yoga class by connecting with our body from the inside out.

We have mirror neurons in our brain that fire in response to another person’s neurons. There is a social part of our brain that will actually atrophy in isolation. Scientists Eisenberg and Lieberman have shown that when we are excluded in social situations center of the brain that lights up when we experience this social pain is the exact same center that lights up when we experience physical pain. We need connection to grow as human beings and isolation literally damages our neurobiology.

We think that more money is going to make us happy and so we work more and spend less time in real social interaction. Our social interactions are invaluable. Economists suggest that volunteering once a week is like taking a yearly income of $20K and raising it to $75K. If you have a friend that you see most days it is as if you earn $100K more a year. Seeing your neighbours on a regular basis is like earning $60K more a year. And yet, when our most important social ties are lost, for example if we experience a divorce, it is like losing 90K a year. If you think earning more money is what you need, think again.

What we need is what we have experienced here over the last 400 episodes of Yoga with Dr. Melissa West. The connections we have made with all of you we could not have survived without. Without connecting with all of you we could not have made filming and sharing these videos around the world something viable. It takes cooperation and collaboration. And it is so much more fun experience our lives together, to be able to create these classes for you and to learn and grow together.

Props: Bolster

Resources:

Being Lonely is Equivalent to Smoking 15 Cigarettes a Day: link

Stats on Social Connections and Your Health: link

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At the beginning I told you I would let you know how to receive a 7 day yoga series to release anxiety. If you go to the show notes for this class at www.melissawest.com/400 and scroll to the bottom there will be a big opt-in box. Just put your email address in there and we will send you the 7 day yoga series to release anxiety.

We have an in depth 4 week Yoga for Anxiety Program, in our community along with 16 yoga classes ranging from 7 mins – 1 hour will offer you daily support in caring for anxiety as it arises in your life in our online forum and weekly live classes.

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  • Ronneke Lucke

    thanks for the gentle yoga connection and I like your teachings a lot it helps to continue on the path..congratiolations!!

    • I’m so grateful to have you with us on this journey Ronneke. Your own path is an inspiration. With gratitude, Melissa

  • Phyllis Holmes

    I LOVED YOUR WORDS ON CONNECTION WITH LOSS AND GAIN IN RELATINSHIPS, WITH THE METPAHOR OF DOLLARS.
    AND I WILL SAY YES TO THE GENTLE YOGA TIME AND TIME AGAIN…MY FAVOURITE POSTURE IS TRIANGLE,,, FIRST TIME I HAVE DONE IT WITH YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME….BEST WISHES TO THE NEXT 400 LESSONS MELISSA

    • Thanks so much for joining in for the celebration and seeing the value in connection. I appreciate your kind wishes Phyllis. Namaste, Melissa

  • Sj Weigel

    Hi, I can’t seem to comment on the youtube site for some reason. So much enjoyed this “live” feed even though I wasn’t able to participate in person, except for a few minutes. Which resource had the info on economics of connection? We are having a neighborhood get together and I would love to show the resource to people. Glad to have Triangle Pose, it seems it isn’t as popular as it used to be but is great for my neck. happy 400 and congrats to you and Tim

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