In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use yoga to take charge of your anxiety, including how to manage current episodes as well as how to help prevent future episodes. And if you’re a yoga teacher, this workshop will provide you many ways to offer help for your students who suffer from anxiety.
The first step to taking charge of anxiety is to learn about what it is, why you experience it, and what its relationship to chronic stress is. So Nina will provide you with background information about anxiety—something she has suffered from herself and has researched extensively—to empower you to make good choices about which yoga practices to do and which not to do.
The second step is to learn which yoga practices are most effective for you in managing your anxiety and then to practice them regularly. So we’ll introduce you to a wide range of yoga practices you can use in the moment to calm down emotionally and physically, as well as practices to help prevent future bouts of anxiety in the long term. Because anxiety is often accompanied by excess energy that makes it hard to relax, in the first half of the workshop Barrie will guide you through an active grounding practice that can prepare you for relaxation. In the second half of the workshop, Barrie will guide you through a specially designed sequence for reducing stress in those who suffer from anxiety.
It is our hope that that you’ll leave this workshop feeling both more relaxed and more informed—and that you’ll be equipped with all the tools you need to reduce your anxiety both in the short term and long term.