This article about me in the October issue of Oprah Magazine is highlighting my life purpose, intention and business. I have been teaching yoga and learned how to teach yoga for people with trauma or ptsd from a class geared towards Vets, Connected Warriors. Involved with Yoga Journal conventions, I met Deepak Chopra's private yoga teacher and we knew the universe was connecting us to further the mission of yoga for women who have been sexually and domestically violated. Stress can do terrible things to a body.
According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress occurs when you feel trapped by stress over extended periods of time, when there seems to be no solution in sight. Unlike acute stress, which you can quickly identify, chronic stress often goes undetected as you become accustomed to its familiarity, no matter how unpleasant it may be. Over time, it begins to wear you down, both physically and mentally.
Symptoms of stress include
- Shortness of breath
- Tense, aching muscles
- Emotional distress such as anxiety, irritability, and depression
- Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
- Changes in appetite;
When experienced in the short term, these symptoms do little to affect your long-term health yet can a problem become when a variation of symptoms over an extended period of time is experienced. Prolonged stress damages your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness, infection, and a host of serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer and illness.