Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing can have a huge impact on how we experience life. According to statistics, one in six of us will have experienced mental ill-health in the last week. Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed can have a significant impact on how we see and experience daily life. Sustained periods of stress, anxiety and depression can also affect our physical health, resulting in a series of minor health complaints right through to a worsening of symptoms for long-term chronic health conditions, such as IBS or fibromyalgia.
When we feel well, we are in a better position to cope with whatever life throws at us. On the one hand, accepting and finding ways to deal with the challenges that inevitably arise in life, on the other, opening ourselves up to enjoy the positive opportunities that come our way. Simple yoga practices including yoga postures, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation can help to improve our mental health and bring us back in to a more balanced state.
How do we address the symptoms?
Every individual is different, so there is no “one size fits all” approach. It can be useful to consider what affects our sense of wellbeing. This can help us identify triggers and notice repeating patterns. Once we begin to observe those triggers or patterns, we can look at ways of reducing their impact on our lives, learning to assess situations more clearly and looking at our response to those situations. Over time we might be able to reduce their impact or we may be able to distance ourselves from a particular situation.
Whatever we do, it’s important to take time to consider the best course of action. In practice, we don’t always make the best decisions when we feel don’t feel 100%. Create time to consider all of your options and potential outcomes. Ensuring you’re in the right space mentally, will help you think more clearly about the right outcome for you.
How does yoga help?
Simple yoga practices can be used to help balance the nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety levels, lift low mood and create time for self reflection. Yoga practices tailored to your health will help to bring the body and mind into balance. These might include physical postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), guided deep relaxation, meditation and techniques from the mindfulness tradition.
The Yoga for Stress, Anxiety & Depression Course is suitable for complete beginners along with more experienced yoga students, allowing you to learn simple yoga practices to help manage stress, anxiety and depression in every day life. The course is open to men and women of all ages.
Taught over six weeks, you will be encouraged to observe the activity of the mind as a way of bringing greater awareness and clarity to your thoughts. Classes include yoga postures, breath awareness, deep relaxation, meditation and short mindful awareness practices. Practices are simple and accessible to all, allowing students of all abilities to try a range of different yoga techniques. Taught in a way that is suitable for people with PTSD, each class lasts an hour and a half and includes some time for discussion. You will receive a series of handouts and optional home practices during the course.
Upcoming Course Dates
In Winter/Spring 2020 courses will run in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.
Todmorden - starts Tuesday 25th February, each class will run from 7:45-9:15pm - The Todfellows Space, Oxford Street, Todmorden OL14 5PU.
Hebden Bridge - starts Thursday 23rd April, each class will run from 7:00-8:30pm - The Yoga & Creativity Space, Burlees House, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7DD.
If you would like to discuss the course in more detail before booking please get in touch with me on 07443 602108 or by email email@example.com.
The course costs £60 and must be booked in advance.
At the end of this course many students find it helpful to continue with a regular yoga practice, either in class or at home. If you would like to chat about suitable options, please let me know. Don’t feel ready? You’re welcome to attend the course again if you feel it would be helpful.
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