In this blog I want to share some simple tools to improve health, growth and restoration via nervous system regulation and improving vagal tone.
In a prior blog I talked about the autonomic nervous system, and each blog since has built on the next. In my last post, I shared some breathing variations to tap into relaxation and vagus nerve activation.
If you are not sure what the vagus nerve is, I think this article gives a good review of its function.
Exercises to promote vagal tone
- If you want to have a deeper understanding of your Vagus nerve and autonomic nervous system, but don't want to sift through the boring science, Stanley Rosenberg has written a great book "Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Autism". The video below demonstrates the basic exercise to activate the vagus nerve.
- Jill Miller has many videos on youtube exploring the vagus. Here are a couple that I like:
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- If you want to optimize your health and wellness, check out the website of Restorative Breathing. A few years ago I took a course from Lois Laynee and it was the beginning of my journey into healing my nervous system. Back in July she posted this on her Facebook page: "Do you know the easiest, natural way to balance the autonomic nervous system? Breathing through your nose all night long [as well as during the day]! If you can't breathe through your nose all night long, the brainstem cannot regulate the autonomic nervous system." Something clicked for me, and I got back on the protocol that I learned from her training years ago. In order to keep my mouth closed, every night I tape my mouth shut so my brainstem can settle. Just in these last 3 weeks of taping, I have almost eliminated a constant twitch in under my left eye, I am waking up more rested and I have less stiffness in my feet when I get out of bed.
- Irene Lyon describes herself as a nervous system specialist. She has one of the first online programs for healing the Nervous System: "Tune Up your Nervous System and Rev Up Your Life". If you like this vlog below she goes into more detail about the process of orienting to bring yourself back into the present, and into your body.