By Julia Jonson, E-RYT 500
Meaningful human connection is soul-soothing.
Dr. Emma Seppala of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education writes that our positive bonds with others improve our physical, mental, and emotional health.
Benefits of strong social connections:
- Lead to a 50% increased chance of longevity
- Strengthen your immune system (research by Steve Cole shows that genes impacted by loneliness also code for immune function and inflammation)
- Help you recover from disease faster
- May even lengthen your life!
Not only are we hard-wired to connect to each other, and we are also hard-wired to connect deeply with ourselves. In a yoga class, we bond with others while we shift awareness to our inner body rhythms of breath and heartbeat. This combination of connection and internal awareness is needed now more than ever.
I hope you will join me for both in-person bonding and yoga at Life Force Health Center in Mundelein starting October 2nd. As the outdoor yoga season wraps up this weekend, I’m grateful to have a place to offer my regular classes.
Also, I hope you will join me at Black Cat Yoga for a 2-part workshop series, Philosophy & Flow on October 9th & November 6th. I’m also teaching a yoga intensive at Nurture Yoga on The Art of Teaching Restorative & Gentle Yoga on November 13th & 14th.
I look forward to these wonderful opportunities for human connection.