Yoga for Managing Stress (8 weeks)
Stress comes in many different guises and from various sources. Some stress is helpful. Persistent stress, not so. Persistent stress can feel overwhelming, all-encompassing and inescapable. Eventually this can become the norm for us, and no matter how well intended it is, being told 'you just need to relax', 'let it go' or 'stop worrying', isn't necessarily helpful advice when don't know how to!
Whether we are aware of it or not our body feels the physical impact of our stress because our mind and body and interconnected. But, because of this, we can work with our body to manage our stress and reverse some of the impact it is having. We can't control what it is that is causing us stress, but we can learn to control our reaction to it by being aware of it in our body and so release the negative effect it is having on us.
During the 8 weeks we will use yoga as the foundation for learning how to do this. I will initially help you to relieve the physical feelings of stress in a gradual and safe way. Then as we go through the course I will help you to understand your stress, and how it feels for you, so that you can differentiate helpful stress from unhelpful stress. and know your signs to look out for. I will teach you how to 'step out' of your stress, and create more positive coping strategies and a more resilient you.
This course is NOT about being bendy or being able to get into a 'perfect' pose (although if you can that is ok too!). You don't need to buy fancy gear or get fit to come along. You just need to bring yourself and a willingness to learn new skills and strategies to help you manage your stress. It is suitable for you whether or not you have ever done yoga before.
Please do feel free to have a chat with me about this if that would be helpful to you. :-)