Why Yoga for Stress & Anxiety?
I do not do well with prolonged repeated daily stressors that accumulate over time. My body tends to build up intolerance (weight gain, sleep disturbance, digestive issues), I lose patience with those I love most and I generally become more edgy and confrontational than I prefer to admit. So, last year, when I got to a point where I really wasn’t enjoying being in the skin I was in, I realized that Stress, that nasty sucker, had gotten its grip so tightly wound around my throat that I could no longer function as the person that I truly am. The joy was gone, my true self was squandered. It was time for a change.
Enter Yoga. Yoga was - at that time - and still continues to be a saviour of sorts. Yoga is a place where my physical body can move in ways that allow my mental body to slow down, to relax and to press the reset button. Best of all, it’s socially acceptable and encouraged to relax, lay down and do NOTHING!
Not too long ago a yoga student of mine said “I have never heard the word stress used as much as I have lately”, and I distinctly recall two years ago right after meet the teacher night hearing a fellow colleague remark that she had never heard the word “anxiety” used as much as she had that evening. There’s a reason why we hear these two words so often and that is because almost 25% of the Canadian population reported feeling “stressed and overwhelmed” on a day to day basis in 2014. (Both male and female populations) *STATS CAN
We all experience stress in different ways, and for different reasons. For some, a social situation may invoke feelings of connection and excitement while for others a social situation may invoke feelings of stress and anxiety – wondering if they will fit in with the crowd, or say something they ought not to. Work can be a source of stress to many but for some it may be something to look forward to. We are all different in how we experience stress.
The truth is, we have never-ending news feeds with tragedy and horror filling the airwaves, we are connected to work more than ever at home through email and cell phones – some of us never even stop working! The list truly does go on. Things are different now, and the need for coping skills and strategies and the self-discipline of SELF CARE is even higher. (That's right I said self care needs to be self disciplined.)
I am offering this upcoming course Yoga for Stress & Anxiety to be of service to others. I now know that this is part of my life’s purpose. I myself underwent a major life shift last year when I said NO to stress and the negative effects it was having on my life, relationships and health. As a Student Therapist and Yoga Practitioner I've spent years studying the effects of stress on the body and mind and practicing yoga and other techniques to build a tool box of manageable and sustainable ways to cope with daily life and all of the ups and downs that come with it!
I am so excited to dive into it, to share my story and to hear the stories of others. I can’t wait to help my students build a repertoire and a tool box of their own to take out into the world in order to live in a more peaceful and sustainable existence.
If you or someone that you know could benefit from this upcoming course please feel free to pass this email along, print out and put on your staff room table, or register yourself.
Yoga for Stress & Anxiety
Dates: Monday, November 7 – Monday December 12, 2016 (6 weeks)
Time: 7:30 – 9pm (note the time change)
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