Vagus Nerve for Relaxation: 5 Easy Practices

The Vagus Nerve is the largest nerve in the body as it wanders through, innervating most of the organs and systems: think ‘superhighway’. This nerve plays a central role in emotional and physical health and well-being because it carries information and signals throughout the body and is also the main parasympathetic nerve.

Activating the Vagus Nerve is easy. Try these simple techniques to strengthen and balance your Vagus Nerve.



Nature can heal, balance and relax everything within the body, including the nervous system and the Vagus Nerve. Get outside and breathe, take in the sunshine and light.

2. HUG

You can do this yourself: wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug! Hug your friendly animal friends, and your friends and family. Activates Vagus Nerve by increasing oxytocin, the feel good hormone, and also organs in the chest.


Think of laughter as a breathing/energy exercise: no need to have something ‘funny’ – laugh for laughter’s sake. Get your belly going in this laughter. Try laughing in a yoga pose. Look out the window and laugh. Watch something funny. Laugh with friends. Activates Vagus Nerve in the throat, chest and abdomen.

4. SING, CHANT & HUM. And Sing or Chant Loudly. Try it in a yoga pose; as you do your household activities like cooking, laundry, gardening, cleaning, and of course – in the shower! Sing to your pets – they love it! Sing with the radio. Activates Vagus Nerve in the throat.

5. SIGH. This is a favorite in our household! It feels so good. Make it a looooonnnng Sigh: Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You will feel better after this. Activates Vagus Nerve in the throat.


Join me for Vagus Nerve Yoga: Relaxation & Sleep – A Deeper Dive Jan – Feb 2022!

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