8-Week Yoga Therapy Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression
This 8-week yoga therapy course, is a comprehensive and evidence-based program for anyone looking to better manage stress, anxiety and/or depression, on a day-to-day basis.
Both mindfulness and therapeutic yoga are well known for their mental health benefits, reducing anxiety, depression and negative affect, this course will help you access these profound healing properties. Combining specific yoga therapy techniques, with research from the fields of psychotherapy and neuroscience, it will also provide you with a tool box of self-regulation techniques that you can use on a daily basis to better manage and help to improve your mental health.
We meet once a week for two hours over an 8-week period. During each session, we examine how the mind, body and brain work together from a scientific perspective and teach you how to use practices that will promote well-being in all these aspects of yourself. Sessions include a 1 hour 10 minutes yoga practice, breath work, additional mind-body activities and a group discussion.
During the first two weeks of the course, we focus on regulating breath as a mode to alter the functioning of your nervous system so that you can manage stress with greater ease. From weeks 3 – 5 we concentrate on the relationship between body and mood and in weeks 6 – 8 we focus specifically on the mind.
To support your practice you are given a comprehensive manual and a CD set with eight tracks, which coincide with each week of the course.
How is this course different from other courses for emotional healing?
Usually courses will focus on just the mind and/or just the body as a way to enhance mental well-being. The 8-week yoga therapy course works on the understanding that the most effective way to encourage long-term transformation is by focusing on the entire person, body and mind. Methods that focus just on the mind forget that mental habits are deeply connected with how the brain functions. Without movement or breath work a person will struggle to use the power of the mind to change deeply entrenched patterns of thinking and reacting. Likewise, if we only focus on the body we may overlook the reasons why we are so tied to particular ways of reacting to the environment.
Research reveals that faster and more long-term healing occurs through the intelligent integration of mind and body techniques.
No previous yoga experience is required.
Course dates 2020
When: September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th AND October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday evenings
Cost: The full course cost is £250 (which includes 8 two hour sessions, take-home materials and small group support) and can be paid in two instalments.