I can’t believe we are already more than halfway through! 😱 For day 6️⃣ of #TheYogaBrain
🧠 our topic is #smiling
🔀 choose a pose that makes you smile. 😊
I love #armbalances
and trying out challenging balance poses so I thought I‘d try an #eightanglepose
on this beautiful bolster. 😄
Smiling involves quite a few face muscles. Whenever they contract there is a positive feedback loop back to the brain reinforcing the feeling of joy and reducing our stress level.
From an evolutionary point of view, it is hypothesized that the smile developed when a primate encountered another individual and he prepared to do a threatening grimace but then recognized the individual as a friend or kin, and stopped the grimace halfway thereby producing a smile. 😊 This might have evolved into a ritualized greeting conveying that there is no threat (Ramachandran, 1998). This might also explain how smiling reduces our feeling of stress (no threat —> I can relax).
Most of us are pretty good in differentiating between a social smile (lifting only the corners of the mouth) and a Duchenne smile, the real one involving also the muscles around our eyes. The mechanism behind differentiating real vs. fake smiles is that we kind of mirror the activation in our brain as if we smiled ourselves (therefore called mirror neurons). Rychlowska et al. (2014) found that these judgements were compromised when participants were wearing a mouthguard, which blocked mimicry of the smile. Smiles were then judged as equally genuine. So not only smiling ourselves but also being around smiling people generates more positive emotions within you. 🙃
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👖Leggings and bra by @Onzie
👚 Top by @vibratehigherofficial
🛍 Bolster by @chattrayoga
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