We all know what it is like to feel stressed. Our speedy, high-pressured lives mean that we are often constantly on the go and overstimulated, and sometimes we don’t give our bodies or our minds the necessary down-time for rest and relaxation. This means that our stress response (fight-or-flight mode) is more regularly activated and sometimes it becomes our default state.

Feelings of stress can therefore accumulate and become excessive, meaning that we often feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. Feelings of anxiety can arise in response to the stress and we can have difficulty finding a sense of balance and calm. And, when we are affected by stress for a long period of time, it can have a significant impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.

The good news is that yoga can help to take us into a more calm and relaxed state through connecting us with our bodies, our breathing and our minds. It creates the conditions for the body’s relaxation response to kick in by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest mode). This acts as a ‘dimmer switch’ and turns down the fight-or-flight response, slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and diverting blood supply towards other bodily functions such as the digestive, reproductive and immune systems.

In this workshop we’ll explore a range of techniques to help you to manage feelings of stress and anxiety, allowing your body and your mind to relax and be still. This will include breath practices (pranayama), meditation and Restorative Yoga to encourage deep rest. You will come away with some tools and practices that you can integrate into everyday life to help you to cultivate ongoing mental and physical wellbeing.

Everyone is welcome; no experience of yoga is needed.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move easily in, including something warm.

Please note that should you wish to cancel your place, payments are not refundable and are not transferrable to future courses.

To be the first to know when bookings are being taken for the next course, please register your interest by contacting me. You might also be interested in my online classes which include a variety of breathing, meditation and Restorative classes which can help with stress and anxiety and can be practised regularly from the comfort of your own home.