Supporting your uniqueness through Reflex Yoga.Back
Posted by Veronika Pena De La Jara on 29 Jan 2018
By Veronika Pena de la Jara
We are all so wonderfully unique, yet the
interesting thing is that we all follow the
same pathways of development. From a tiny
helpless being to an all-encompassing human
powerhouse, we are guided through complex
developmental stages by our primitive reflex system.
Your primitive reflexes get you from embryo to foetus, from
womb to birth, from birth to earth, from lying to sitting, to standing, running, jumping, feeling, understanding, learning, and an integration of all this as ‘you’.
Our first block of reflexes is vital for survival; the next set for us to become upright, cognitive and emotionally balanced.
Primitive reflexes emerge in a specific order in infants, and
indicate ‘on track’ development of the nervous system. One early
example is the Plantar Grasp Reflex, usually present from birth to one year, whereby the toes fan out when pressure is applied to the ball of the foot. Crucially though, babies cannot walk until this reflex is suppressed. If these building blocks of our being do not develop in sequence and at the crucial times, are slightly off-centre (retained) or are interrupted (unintegrated) there will be a long-lasting effect that we may not even notice. Yet we may be aware that we have consistent muscle holding, postural tightness, tension, automatic emotional responses or sensitivities that rear their head even when we feel undisturbed – for example, when doing yoga.
Reflex Yoga - Nature’s way
Reflex Yoga can help to rehabilitate and align the postural,
nervous and sensory systems. The power of subtle pattern
breaking and pattern making, as we call it in this type of yoga,
can have profound effects.
For example, now you can do that Forward Bend or sit with
your legs out straight with a new muscle connectivity, and finally
reach your toes with no strain. There is now no thought or effort
taken when deep breathing. You can sit to meditate without all
that postural interruption and your upper trunk/head is fully held,
effortlessly. Or the way you respond to everyday dramas and life’s curve balls that may previously have resulted in out of balance nervous system reaction (fight, flight, fright or freeze), may suddenly take on a new conscious, rather than automatic, response.