Stress can be defined as: "a separation, compartmentalization, or fragmentation of the mind/body/Spirit matrix in a human being, resulting in a loss of whole-person awareness and a state of disharmony." While most of us can identify the stress in our lives, and the physical, mental and spiritual suffering that results, it is helpful to have some strategies to help balance our reactions and reintegrate our "whole person". Perhaps the most important tool for combating stress is found in our own breathing. Research has clearly documented the benefits of deep, rhythmic, slow breathing when it comes to combatting stress. Combined with a mindful attitude of "observing" the breath as it comes in and out of the body, slow, rhythmic breathing has a calming effect on the nervous system that brings the mind/body matrix back to a state of equilibrium (homeostasis), promoting health and creativity.
While simple, holistic breathing techniques can aid us when we are already confronted with a stress response, unifying our Spirit in our daily work and activities is a vital step in living proactively with less stress. Our Purpose in life (defined by identifying the deepest desires of our hearts) can form the foundation of an intentional lifestyle. Channeling our intention through a process of acceptance, concentration, excellence, and non-attachment to the results of our actions, we are able to bring the purpose that is at the core of our being to our everyday activities. In this way, everything we do on a daily basis can be viewed as spiritual practice, and our body, mind, and Spirit (our WHOLE self) moves toward unification and optimal health.
YogaVoice teaches the practitioner to coordinate conscious breathing with sound, body movement, and creative intention. In this way, we reintegrate parts of ourselves that may previously have been fragmented and separated. The effect is that the stress response is balanced and that the mind/body is able to learn new patterns that are constructive and conducive to the unified state of being that is the basis for authentic creativity.