Yoga for Anxiety Relief
A 4-week program that helps you find relief and tame your anxiety through yoga
Are you feeling overwhelmed and on edge, and find it hard to relax?
Does your mind race from one ‘what if’ scenario to another?
Do you overthink everything and find it hard to switch your thoughts off?
If so, you are likely to be experiencing anxiety.
Anxiety is a natural response to stressful situations. We all experience anxiety at some time in our life.
For some, this might be a mild increase in arousal when under pressure to perform or when doing something new, while for others they experience excessive worry and high levels of arousal in the body which creates discomfort on a daily basis. This discomfort greatly hinders one’s ability to reach their full potential and enjoy their life to the fullest.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety occurs because the nervous system is on high alert to deal with perceived threats that are future focused.
When anxiety occurs, the most common way of coping is to resist unpleasant thoughts and bodily sensations through avoidance and distraction strategies.
While this seems helpful in the short-term, it only serves to maintain the cycle of anxiety. As the saying by Carl Jung goes, “What you resist persists”.
If you’re looking for an effective, more sustainable and natural way to calm your anxiety, then yoga is the answer.
There is growing evidence that yoga is an effective way to reduce anxiety, stress and depression.
For those experiencing anxiety disorders, yoga is a great complement to psychological therapy.
How yoga can help manage anxiety?
Yoga practices are comprised of three elements – body postures, breathing and mindfulness meditation.
These elements work to release tension in the body and calm the mind.
Instead of resisting unpleasant bodily sensations and thoughts, yoga helps people sit with their experiences so these can learn to self-soothe and calm their overactive nervous system.
This is the key to successfully managing anxiety.
Not your average yoga class!
To help you find relief from anxiety, we have designed a four-week yoga program which includes a set of practices to dial down the fight-or-flight part of the nervous system and increase the rest, digest and restore part of the nervous system that helps us feel calm and content.
Not all yoga postures calm the nervous system as many energise and stimulate us, so each class has been specifically designed to incorporate practices that calm and soothe.
Through the 4-Week Yoga for Anxiety Relief Program, you’ll learn:
🌴 The practical strategies to be present in the here and now so you can reduce agitation, unpleasant physical sensations, worry and overthinking.
🌴 The different body postures, breathing exercises, and mindful meditations to help you learn to tolerate uncomfortable body sensations.
In each class you will spend time focusing on the breath to deepen your awareness of how this can help reduce anxiety.
You will also move through a set of body postures which involving stretching and the holding or different positions to help you relax, soothe and calm the body and mind.
You’ll be able to take this knowledge with you and practice on your own post the 4-week program to continue to find relief.
This program is delivered by a yoga teacher who is also a registered psychologist, so you’re in safe hands!
The program comprises 4 x 90-minute sessions run over 4 weeks and is limited to 10 participants.
This 4-week course is AU $297.00 per person.
DATE, TIME & LOCATION
Date: The program begins on Saturday July 24th for 4 weeks. (24/07, 31/07, 07/08 and 14/08)
Time: 10 am to 11:30 am (1.5 hour sessions)
Location: Allen Park Pavillion, Allen Park (9 Sayer St, Swanbourne)
WHAT’S REQUIRED FOR THE PROGRAM?
All equipment is supplied. All you need to do is wear comfy clothing.
If you’ve never tried yoga before, don’t worry, you don’t need to be super fit or flexible.
All practices are slow and gentle in nature and you can go at your own pace. You also have the ability to choose what is right for you in any given moment.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
This program is suitable for anyone who experiences mild anxiety or more intense anxiety.
You don’t need any previous yoga experience to join this program.