|YOGA THERAPY FOR STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION
AND SLEEP DISORDERS
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
Discover how to slow down and become still, with
restorative sequences of tranquilising postures (asanas) and
breathing practices (pranayama).
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.
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.
Explore the art of "letting go" with deep enriching
cellular relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and other traditional
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.
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
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
|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
- Improves the immune system's ability to fight
- Increases cellular respiration, removing waste and
harmful toxins from organs
- Strengthens bones to counteract the weakening,
thinning effect of excess cortisone
- Improves mental wellbeing
|Finally, 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
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
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