Anxiety and stress have been adopted as part of our modern lives, however thousands of years ago the ancient Yoga pioneers were developing practices to help with these same conditions. Why has so little changed over time and why now more than ever are we in need of freedom from our anxious minds?
Everyone suffers from mild anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety takes a tremendous toll on the body, draining energy resources and keeping the body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not exercised: tension in the muscles builds, breathing becomes and can remain constricted, and the mind has no rest from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety.
Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.
Anxiety management was my reason for starting yoga in the year 2000 and has been at the forefront of my studies ever since. I am delighted to now offer a one day or 4 week workshop to reduce stress in the body, breath, and mind by building coping skills with a small daily routine of exercise, breathing, rest and meditation. Please read more about this in an article I wrote for OM Magazine about Yoga, Anxiety and listening to your inner teacher.
No prior experience of yoga is necessary. These workshops have been designed for those wishing to learn ways in which to decrease anxiety and stress. They are not suitable if you are suffering from severe clinical anxiety.