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YOGA THERAPY FOR STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND SLEEP DISORDERS Yoga For Stress

Yoga helps to break the crippling cycle of anxiety, depression and insomnia. This is a gentle class with flowing movements with breath synchronicity and awareness.

You will nurture your body and mind by releasing physical and mental tension, and aid your body's healing process through deep relaxation. You will Improve your well-being and self-esteem in a welcoming, supportive environment. A typical class will include a mixture of the following practices and teachings.

RESTORATIVE SEQUENCES

Discover how to slow down and become still, with restorative sequences of tranquilising postures (asanas) and breathing practices (pranayama).

YOGA POSTURES

The postures of yoga are not gymnastic exercises, but meditative movements intended to bring us to a centred and peaceful state of being. You will learn this sensate art of tethering the busy mind in a relaxed and revitalised body.

BREATHING PRACTICES

You will learn how to breathe properly and to experience an enhanced vitality. You will understand that the "breath is the string of the kite of the mind", and how you can calm the mind with the support of an array of simple ancient practices.

DEEP RELAXATION

Explore the art of "letting go" with deep enriching cellular relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and other traditional relaxation skills.

MEDITATION

You will practise a range of simple but effective meditations to relax the over-burdened mind and restore a sense of equanimity and natural optimism. You will learn how to transform negative emotional states and to cultivate compassion.

REVITALISATION

You will learn a range of subtle yoga practices to awaken your vitality and rediscover your zest for life. You will also discover some of the fascinating world of subtle anatomy.

YOGA PSYCHOLOGY AND WISDOM TEACHING

In the process, you will learn much about Yoga's unparalleled insights into the body, mind, breath, and natural rhythms.

TRANSFORMATION AND SELF-DISCOVERY

Most of us came to Yoga for help with some sort of illness, physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, and in the process, began a journey of self-discovery and were transformed. With trust, grace, and an open heart this will be true in your case.
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BENEFITS OF YOGA
  • Produces the chemicals (oxytocin and dopamine) which give us the post-Yoga "feel good" glow
  • Reduces the production of the stress hormone (cortisol ) which helps to lowering levels of inflammation associated with chronic stress
  • Lowers blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Lowers blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of heart failure
  • Reverses the weight-gaining effects of cortisol and stress
  • Improves the immune system's ability to fight infection
  • Increases cellular respiration, removing waste and harmful toxins from organs
  • Strengthens bones to counteract the weakening, thinning effect of excess cortisone
  • Improves mental wellbeing
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Yoga For StressFinally, you do not need a diagnosis to come to the group or indeed any previous experience of yoga. You will find that attending sessions regularly with the same group is a very therapeutic and healing experience.

TRADITIONAL YOGA: A HOLISTIC PATH OF WELLBEING

Stress is endemic in modern society, making us prey to various psycho-somatic conditions, including: tension, addictions, hypertension, depression, anxiety and insomnia.

We are busy, scattered, out of synch and crave inner peace, space and balance. We end up being caught in a downward spiral with a perplexing sense of helplessness. We end up divorced from ourselves, cut off from the very organic sense of vitality which is the source of our healing.

However, there is hope! Thousands of years ago the sages of India developed Yoga, a holistic science to harmonise body, mind, breath and spirit. Yoga remains the most ancient form of integrated self-development, and is now undergoing a renaissance in the West and is part of our modern culture.

The ancient seers were working with the same material as today, the same body, mind, emotions and dispersed thoughts. The world they lived in had its own pressures, fears, troubles, internal and external. It is true that the original aim of Yoga was to harmonise the body-mind for meditation, but the methods contained invaluable benefits in themselves.

Physical postures (asanas) were developed to steady the body and mind; breathing practices (pranayama) were devised to quieten the breath and the mind; and methods of meditation and deep relaxation were prescribed to rinse the layers of the mind and to awaken wisdom, clarity, equanimity, serenity and a positive attitude.

The yogis also bequeathed a profound psychology, perennial wisdom and a science of subtle energy. The width and breadth of Yoga is awe-inspiring, and no one leaves its generous banquet un-nourished, whatever their age, physical mental condition, or need.

Traditionally, Yoga is known as "the Return to Wholeness" because of the unique way in which it brings us into harmony with our centre and innate sense of "being". We connect deeply to our organic vitality, the source of healing and health. Yoga gently takes us by the hand, and leads us compassionately back to our most precious centre. Then we can truly understand why Yoga means "re-union".

This "Return to Wholeness" is the vision and culmination of the "Traditional Yoga" taught at Cranmore Holistic Centre. Whatever your condition, age, motivation, you will discover, under compassionate and experienced guidance, that it is the journey to your own centre which will bring you healing and wellbeing.


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