Yoga & Vagus Nerve

Vagus is tenth cranial nerve. Cranial nerves are the nerves which come out from cranium- skull. They are twelve pairs of nerves.

Vagus means *wandering*. The name suggests that it has a long wandering journey for its supply, reaching abdominal cavity.

Vagus nerve carries 75 % of Parasympathetic fibers. Parasympathetic system is the branch of Autonomic nervous system. As the name shows, this systemic is not under our will or wish. It works when we rest & are peaceful. Its function is vital for repair, regeneration & energy conservation.

Science of Yoga has deep understanding of this nerve. It gives us many techniques to reach this nerve. Vagus nerve stimulation will benefit us for healing & health. Today’s era, where sympathetic system is overworking due to persistent stressful situation, it is vitally important to learn these techniques to balance both systems.

(Sympathetic system works for * flight, fight, fright* response)

Let us study this nerve under three headings….

1) Anatomy

2) Physiology

3) Medico Yogic Correlation

Dr Ketkar

* We teach this information in the Medical Yoga Teacher Course and Advance Course for Yoga Professionals and doctors.

* This information is applied in Medical Yoga Therapy to help the patients.

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