Session 1: Overcoming Anxiety
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Feelings of anxiety are a normal part of life that most of us deal with from time-to-time. However, for 40 million adults in the U.S. anxiety is a daily battle. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in America. Physicians and mental health providers often recommend yoga to those with anxiety disorders, as it is a scientifically studied modality of anxiety treatment. Yoga helps to calm the body and the mind; lowering stress hormones and even blood pressure. If you, or someone you love, live with chronic anxiety or an anxiety disorder, this workshop was designed for you! This educational, all-levels workshop is appropriate for anyone who lives with daily anxiety, as well as for those who want to learn how to use yoga as a way to combat occasional anxiety. We will practice using yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breathing techniques) to become present in our bodies and focus on our breath; experiencing the peace and freedom of the present moment.
Session 2: Yoga, Your Body, Your Mind, and Stress
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Who doesn’t experience stress?! We live in a fast-paced, high-stressed society and most of us don’t take enough time to slow it down. We often don’t breathe deeply enough or focus on our breathing often enough. Stress triggers many biological mechanisms in our body including inflammation. This can (and does) lead to a plethora of serious and chronic health problems. Yoga and meditation have been shown in studies to reduce the immune system’s inflammation response, thus helping to prevent many chronic diseases and health problems. During this workshop, we will be discussing the physiological and psychological stress responses as well as what is happening chemically in our body when we take a few minutes to do yoga or meditate. We will engage in a soft, stress-relieving practice that will leave you feeling renewed, revived, and motivated to continue with this important investment in your self-care routine.
Session 3: THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION AND TRAUMA
Saturday, April 23, 2016
While all of the Mind and Body Series Workshops are able to stand-alone, we will begin this session with a short recap of the body’s physiological and psychological responses to stress. Many of the biological underpinnings of our response to trauma are directly related to the response to stress and anxiety. Many people suffer deep emotional wounds or trauma at some point in their life. Yoga has been shown to aid in the healing process. This workshop will draw from the works of experts in the field of trauma and trauma-informed yoga such as Van Der Kolk, Hooper, Emerson, and more. Marci will also employ some of the techniques and training used in the empirically proven Yoga Warriors™ method used to treat combat Veterans with PTSD and other combat trauma. This session will include a gentle, trauma-informed practice to help facilitate and initiate the process of deep healing.
- 3-Class Series: $75
- Individual Sessions $30