The Vagus Nerve (Anatomy for Yoga Teachers)

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the vagus nerve and describe practices that raise vagal tone.


Become familiar with the significance of vagal tone in the experience of stress and the effectiveness of yoga techniques.


Describe the vagus nerve and its location. Explain what is meant by the term, “vagal tone” and what is associated with high vagal tone and low vagal tone. Explain vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and describe practices that raise vagal tone, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and contribute to feelings of contentment.

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