Yoga For Stress Management
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About the Event
This restorative yoga class is deliberately mindful with measured movement to give you a moment of peace from all the stresses of the season.
We all know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or weight-lifting in how it combines both physical fitness with the philosophy of self-compassion and awareness. Being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others is a powerful tool for stress relief, especially considering how much of our stress comes from us being hard on ourselves or frustrated with others.
A fundamental principle of yoga is that your body and mind are one and connected. Stress in one will affect the other and vice versa. Many of us live primarily in either our mind or our body, which creates imbalance and even a lack of awareness. Yoga is a form of mind-body medicine that will affect your counter-stress response system called the parasympathetic nervous system. The physical postures and breathing exercises improve muscle strength, flexibility, blood circulation and oxygen uptake as well as hormone function. With regular yoga practice, your chronic daytime stress hormone levels drop and your heart rate variability increases, which is a measure of your ability to tolerate stress.
In addition to this, kindness and positive emotions protect and cushion you from the burdens of stress and have been shown to improve physical health and depression.
It’s really easy to learn to be hard on ourselves, so unlearning that self-judgment can be difficult but worthwhile. Being self-compassionate doesn’t come naturally for most people, so it takes practice and intention. Physiological benefits which follow, help yoga practitioners become more resilient to stressful conditions.
The class is suitable for all abilities. £8 per person