How Yoga Can Balance the Vagus Nerve

By
B Grace Bullock, PhD

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) has gained considerable attention among health professionals since a book of the same name was published in 2011. Based on brain science, the theory describes how information exchanged between the brain and body affects self-regulation, resilience, and how we interact with others.

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