Yoga for Anxiety: Practice and Practical Tips - Manchester

An experiential practice on and off the mat, as well as practical tips for yoga practitioners and teachers using yoga to transform anxiety.

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This workshop is for all of us who came to yoga practice, and have stayed with yoga practice because it helps manage our stress and anxiety. I’ll guide us through practices adapted to facilitate calm presence and make recommendations for how to incorporate these elements into home practice and teaching.

The instruction that “yoga is stilling the mind” exists to remind us that our usually busy, sometimes racing minds are capable of operating at a steadier pace. That calmer pace is desirable and achievable through yoga practice. We need to experience that in order to really know it is possible, and we need to repeat it to trust it is reliable. The key techniques are how we use our bodies, regulate our breath, and focus our minds so that they become yoked together in a shared state of being. On this day together we’ll review guiding concepts and experience simple practices to integrate into daily life, home practice, and teaching.

Topics that will be covered during the training:

• Understanding and positively influencing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that underlies the stress response and anxiety, pranamaya kosha.

• Understanding the positively influencing the mind, manomaya kosha.

• Practices to integrate and regulate mind and energy toward calmness.

• Yoga concepts than inform practice choices.

• Integrating calming practices into daily routine and diverse practice styles.

By attending this training, you can expect to gain the following:

• We are not alone: practicing in community with other yogis who also experience stress and anxiety builds connections and enduring feelings of support.

• Yoga can help us feel more comfortable in our own minds as well as bodies: we can be present, mindful, and experience ourselves in ways that recognise thoughts and emotions without having to avoid or be consumed by them.

• We can feel this way again: everything we learn and experience can be practiced again to reproduce the effect.

• We have something to share: what helps us will help some others.

Suggested itinerary for each day:

9:30 Introduction and overview
10:00 Practice
11:30 Tea break
11:45 Lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Lecture and practice
15:45 Tea break
16:00 Integrated practice and practice guidance
17:00 Closing


You will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion eligible for 6 Hours of CPD points upon attendance of the full day.

What our students say

Lisa is a very evidence based teacher. She knows her subject and combines very well science, clinical psychology and yoga. All yoga teachers should attend, particularly those who don't have any background in mental health professions. Licia Catinelli on Mental Health Basics For Yoga Teachers, September 2017

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