Yoga for Stress Relief

 Sat 12th Oct  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL

Understanding Stress

In our everyday lives, we make occasionally have to deal with stressful situations which at the time can cause some anxiety, and may provoke the body to spring into action to avoid any danger that threatens us.  This is normal.

But when we find ourselves repeatedly becoming stressed even when we are actually in no physical danger, the effects on the body and mind can become detrimental. The effects of chronic stress are the most common reason for time taken off work and it has produced a myriad of diseases which seem to have no organic cause, and which appear to have no apparent cure.

Managing Stress with Yoga

The practise of Yoga can be very beneficial and has been proven to help when to comes to dealing with stress.  When we notice our bodily sensations, our breathing and our thoughts, we can begin to see where stress affects us as individuals.  Each person is different, so the effects of stress will show up differently in all of us.

This workshop will explore the physiological nature of stress and how our bodies react to it. We will begin to learn techniques that can, very quickly, help to reduce the negative effects of stress. We will use Asana to free up tension in the body, exploring where stress affects us physically.  We will then use Pranayama or techniques to improve our breathing, which can thus initiate the ‘relaxation response’, encouraging the nervous system to relax.

Through the practice of meditation we begin to become aware of our mental habits and can slowly train the mind to move from a state of tension to a state of relaxation.  Yoga Nidra or deep relaxation at the end will allow the body and mind to completely let go of deeply held tension, and leave us feeling refreshed and renewed and ready to cope with what life throws at us.

Maximum 16 spaces available.

Cost £25 / £20 concessions.