YOGA FOR STRESS & ANXIETY-

Are you feeling overwhelmed, frazzled or anxious?Do you have chronic pain? High blood pressure? Fatigue?Would you like to open your heart to better relationships, health, and peace of mind?

What if you had the opportunity to engage life with Joy, Peace and Serenity?Imagine how your body would feel, what it could do, if it could revitalize itself on a regular basis!Imagine if you were able to choose how you respond to life’s stressful situations, rather than be in a re-active pattern!

It is not uncommon to sometimes feel like you are losing connection between mind, body and soul in a world of distractions and over-stimulation. Most of us don’t get adequate rest, are over-stimulated, and suffer from accumulated stress and tension. The effects of this may be evidenced in difficulty concentrating, muscle aches and pains, or just feeling worn down. Over time, stress accumulates and creates illness and disease.

With stress being a leading cause of many illnesses (MENTAL & PHYSICAL) , it is important to learn what stress is, how it affects the mindbody and what you can do to reduce it!

Yoga for Stress and Anxiety gives you tools to learn how to turn down the Sympathetic Nervous System ( Fight or Flight) and turn up the Parasympathetic Nervous System (Relaxation Response) bringing you effortlessly into a state of natural self-healing. Discover how to self-activate the relaxation response in your body, welcome & balance emotions, recognize healthy habits, and prevent/reduce conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, PTSD and addictions. In general, you find yourself responding more calmly and clearly to stressful situations in life.

WHAT IS YOGA NIDRA?

Yoga Nidra is a guided, systematic meditation practise that induces complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. The physical body is led into a relaxed state while the mind remains alert and aware.

Scientifically speaking, Yoga Nidra switches us out of our “flight or fight” mode and induces our body’s relaxation response, which is its natural state of healing and rejuvenation. Research has shown that when meditation is done regularly it has the potential to strengthen our immune system, reduce our risk of serious stress-related ailments such as heart disease and hypertension, reduce signs of aging, and increase our psychological health & well-being.

Yoga Nidra is unlike regular Yoga practice where you place your body into a series of postures. It is done lying down in a comfortable position on the floor. Through this simple guided meditation, the physical body is led into a relaxed sleep state while the mind remains alert and aware. The beauty of this practice is that ANYONE can do it and you cannot do it wrong!

 

WHAT IS SOMATIC YOGA ?

Exercises based on body awareness:( proprioception-we bring the perception to the interior) Using an attitude of exploration rather than “performance”, we investigate what the movement feels like rather than the position of the body. Looking at “how do I coordinate movements?” and “how do I incorporate the breath?” we concentrate on the sensations of the movements. While much of yoga involves stretching the muscles, somatic yoga centers on feeling them! Somatic Movement also provides a sensory feedback loop from the brain: you’ll teach your brain to notice when muscles are contracted, and then educate the muscles to fully release and work in a more energy-efficient and pain-free manner.
It is not just about stretching and strengthening : the problem isn’t that the muscles are short or weak, it’s that they’re exhausted from being constantly over-contracted. Once your muscles have been released and retrained in how to move correctly, they will then become naturally strong again. 

Somatic yoga can address many back issues, it is easy on the knees, an ongoing practice can help alleviate chronic pain and it can calm and center the mind and body.

 

WHAT CAN PRACTICING YOGA FOR STRESS & ANXIETY DO FOR YOU?

A profound experience of muscular, mental and emotional relaxation.

Soothes the autonomic nervous system.

Helps create new neuro pathways which lead to healthy habits and routines.

Increases quality and amount of sleep.

Improves creativity and whole brain functioning.

Enhances mental focus, and attention span.

Reduces the suffering of chronic pain.

Creates more ease and peace of mind in daily life

Fewer physical symptoms, such as headaches and back pain

Fewer emotional responses, such as anger and frustration

More energy

Improved concentration

Greater ability to handle problems

More efficiency in daily activities

An evening of Yoga Nidra will be held monthly.

 

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