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Relaxation is something so naturally human. When we are at our most relaxed we are happy, calm and at ease. But we are also built to respond to stressors with some forms of stress response making us alert, on the go and even tense. Because we are exposed to regular stress we have to re-learn how to relax everyday, often many times every day.

There are two main systems within us that regulate our relaxation and stress responses; The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems.

The Sympathetic Nervous System manages our stress response; it produces chemicals and responses that help us ‘fight or flight’: it is intended for short bouts of emergency, so that we can run from the proverbial bear in the woods, catch that bus or escape any impending danger.  However, if we are exposed to constant stresses this system becomes overactive and so do we, negatively affect how we respond to life’s events and how we sleep.

The counter-balance to this is the Parasympathetic Nervous System that controls rest and relaxation helping to lower Blood Pressure and heart rate, slow breathing and calm digestion. We need to engage with the parasympathetic system to balance the constant exposure to stress; sensory bombardment, personal responsibilities, demands and deadlines. When our PNS is flowing we rest well, keep our cool and sleep well.

We can turn our relaxation system on through awareness and practice. Relaxation is a skill that can be learnt stage by stage. A bit like if you want to be able to do a handstand, you have to practice, if you want to relax you have to practice. There are some special yoga techniques that teach a sequential and logical path to relaxation that has three interrelated parts; Body awareness, Breath awareness and Breath balancing.

To find out more and to feel some deep relaxation for yourself download and listen to The Pukka Relaxation Experience as told by Sebastian Pole, our master herbsmith and yoga therapist. Pure Bliss!

And of course we have our very own relaxing herbal tea, which has the tranquility of chamomile flower and the peaceful bliss of oat flower, fennel seed and marshmallow root. Unwinding has never tasted so heavenly.

Meet the author

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Sebastian Pole, Sebastian Pole, Co-founder and Master Herbsmith

Hello There. I’m a Co-founder and the Master Herbsmith at Pukka Herbs. As well as having the most amazing job of formulating all our organic teas and supplements I am a passionate environmentalist – that’s why we are 100% organic, pioneers in sustainably sourcing herbs with FairWild, and we give 1% of our turnover for rejuvenating the Planet. I also run my own herbal practice in Bath which I’ve done since 1998. I practise an eclectic blend of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine and am a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. I love using the principles of Ayurveda (aka the ancient art of living wisely) – coupled with insights of traditional healing and modern science - to help create the best of health. Inspired by my time in India, I love cooking a vegetarian feast and rely on regular yoga practice with lots of herbal teas and tonics to keep me well. I am passionate about running a business that inspires positive change and brings the benefit of the incredible power of plants to everyone we connect with – from our farmers, collectors, Pukka team to you. I live on a two acre garden-farm in Somerset where I grow a rainbow spectrum of medicinal and nourishing plants for my bees and family to thrive on.

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