I’ve been teaching yoga for 10 years, practicing 25+. I believe in the yoga I use for me, that’s why I teach it; it is a private, spiritual practice that doesn’t require me to change my appearance or name, it recognises me as whole, it deals with my aging body, my tumultuous mind, my bones & joints – my whole system. It’s loose & forgiving. It has changed over the many years, from Vinyasa in my 20s, that I now understand as entry-level yoga, to the deeply enriched practice I now use to regulate & manage my middle-aged self – a yoga practice encompassing pranayama, somatic understanding, visualisation, restoratives, sound & mudra.
My understanding of yoga as described in the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, is a set of tools for developing the ability to regulate the mind & emotions in order to reduce suffering & restore ease.
With one in every four people affected by mental health issues during their lives, yoga wisdom is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. What a comfort that is.
Many people come to my studio to manage anxiety, depression & other mental health issues & over the years I have seen many very dear people learn to manage & even conquer such problems. The message that the mind is the culprit & cause of so much anguish & that yoga can help has been trickling through for a number of years now.
This informal workshop, held at the Lake & on Zoom for those who prefer, will present important philosophical & historical principles from the Yoga Sutras for managing mind & emotions, we will look at anxiety, sympathetic arousal of the nervous system, the effect of long terms stress & release of hormones, such as adrenaline & cortisol & most importantly we will develop an understanding of how to practice yoga in a way that reduces symptoms & helps build resilience to future stressors rather than providing temporary relief.
The workshop will draw on key concepts from the Yoga Sutras & introduce the common scientific understanding of mental health. My hope is you will gain a deeper understanding of:
- Role of the three Gunas in determining mood & behaviour states for restoring balance
- The Kleshas for recognising our character flaws
- Kriya Yoga as a plan for managing our mental health
- The koshas & Yoga Nidra
- Mindful movement
- Breathing & pranayama
- Valuing Rest & relaxation
The afternoon begins with a short Hatha Yoga practice followed by presentations on the nature of the mind & mental health through the lens of yoga psychology & easy to follow science, culminating in an in depth look at anxiety & the many practices Yoga provides us with for countering this debilitating & distressing human experience. As well as a selection of raw vegan nibbles that are free from gluten, dairy, wheat & refined sugar & as much tea as you can drink. We will end with a restorative practice that leads into a 40-minute candle lit Yoga Nidra.
By enrolling in this workshops, you are NOT engaging in a therapeutic relationship. If you need therapy, you will need to engage the services of a mental health professional.