Stuttering has come to yoga like Mohammed to the mountain. In this post, you’ll discover which yoga poses relieve stuttering the most. You’ll get 5 poses to make you more fit for talking even though you stutter. In this post, we’ll cover:
- Yoga for stuttering – why should you care?
- 5 yoga poses to relieve your stuttering
- Catching up – what we’ve covered
This is what you get: Practical advice to 10x your social skills and be more energized, less anxious, and more fit for talking.
Yoga for stuttering – why should you care?
Breathing exercises is at the frontier to Cure Stuttering™ and yoga is full of them. Just google Kapalbhati, Brahmari, and Sheetali. Okay, we get it. We need to breathe “right”. But yoga is much more than that. It’s also meditation and we know that meditation is great for stuttering. But wait, there is more. Meditation in yoga goes deep. It’s like a body meditation. This is where it gets interesting. Yoga really is great for stuttering.
1. How the mind affects the body
The mind affects our body. It means that your thoughts, feelings, and attitude both positively and negatively affect your body’s functioning. If you have a healthy attitude, then your body is healthy too.
So you are saying that I should take care of my brain?
It’s not your brain. Your brain is just the hardware that contains the mind. The mind consists of emotions, thoughts and overall attitude towards life and stuttering.
When you experience anxiety, that is a feeling that develops in your mind and it causes you to produce stress hormones that flow through your body.
If you have ever experienced wobbly knees, then it’s the mind-body connection. And it’s the same with butterflies in your stomach right before you began to speak.
Your mind affects your body and that is sometimes a problem. The problem is that sometimes it’s all too real. You may be so anxious that you can’t speak at all and you go around feeling alone and “special” in a bad way.
This is where yoga for stuttering can help. It helps you get your mind out of your body.
2. How the body affects the mind
This is another place that’s also very interesting. Whatever the causes for stuttering are, there’s no need to deny that it is also neurological. This is where the body affects the mind. When you’re unable to utter a single word it depresses you. On the other hand when the words are flowing smooth, your mood is lifted. It’s the same with doing a lovely yoga session or a brisk walk. A nice bath can also relieve stress. In other words what you body experience affects your mind.
If you have ever hurt your back and been unable to move for several weeks, then it affects you and you worry that you might never be able to walk again. This is the body messing with your mind.
When you want to affect your mind through your body, yoga is a great tool because when stress is released through various poses your mind is calmed.
3. It almost doesn’t matter where you begin
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You go, There You Are, it kind of matter where you begin. Kabat-Zinn noticed that those of his patients with physical pains gained most by affecting the mind first. That means they should do meditation to enter the “mind-door”.
Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you hear?”- Kabat-Zinn
The other type of patients, those with mental problems such as anxiety, should use the “body-door”. It means they should do yoga poses.
Is stuttering a body or a mind thing?
This is for you to decide. Only you know your body the best. And it also depends on what you find most inspiring. If you hate doing physical stuff, then go ahead with the meditations. The great thing about yoga is that it contains a vast toolbox, so it allows you to use both the body- and the mind door individually or in combination.
Here at Stuttering Habits we mostly believe that stuttering is a mind thing, but we don’t deny the bodily experiences at all! But we have to start somewhere. That’s why you get 5 poses to relieve your anxiety and your stuttering. If you don’t believe the same as we do, then you can try Michael Chaskalson’s MBSR program right here.
5 poses to relieve your stuttering
I gotta say I LOVE ADRIENE and KINO! Here is a wonderful list of yoga poses that relieve stuttering according to research.
Savasana (Corpse pose)
Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
Virabhadrasana (Warrior 1)
Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Catching up – what we’ve covered
In this post, we covered the mind-body and body-mind connection. The mind affects the body, which means when you feel anxious it will affect your speech. When you experience, out of the blue, that you are unable to utter a single word then it’s the body-mind connection. The body-mind connection has the tendency to make people depressed about their situation. Then we find ourselves in a vicious circle. Which comes first? The mind or the body?
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn it matters a little where you begin. If you believe that stuttering is a body related issue then you should take the “mind-door” and use meditation. If you on the other hand believe that stuttering is a mind issuse, then use the “body-door” to relieve it.