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Workshop Series: Yoga Therapy

This workshop presents an awesome opportunity for you to explore how yoga therapy can change your life for the better.

Our focus for this workshop will be on reducing Depression – Anxiety – Stress with Yoga Therapy.

We will be addressing the more common conditions that are increasing in the United States and have become more concerning after four years of an unpleasant political environment, and even more pressing, in the year 2020 with the onset of a pandemic that wreaked havoc in our everyday lives.

Depression – Anxiety – Stress with Yoga Therapy.

Yoga postures are a part of the program, so when you join us, make sure you have adequate space to move around on the floor – have a straight back chair available – or even available wall space.

You will also enjoy the full benefits of this workshop by having a space that is relatively quiet without interruptions and is a low traffic area in your home.

It will also be helpful for me – as the therapist -to be able to see you. So, it’s recommended that you have your Zoom video on. This way I can make sure you’re safe and doing the practice correctly for your benefit.

[Please note that if you are not able to get up and down from the floor, that is fine, you can still participate in this workshop. That is what the chair and wall space will be for]


What you may need

It would be awesome if you already have yoga props, but if you don’t – no worries. In the first class, I will give you some tips on things you may have around the house as alternatives (like pillows, blankets, books, or your or your husband’s ties or belts).

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What to Expect

You will be learning specific yoga techniques that are known for reducing stress, calming the mind, building self-awareness, and strengthen your inner being.

In each series, we will be doing some form of asanas for releasing tension in the body and encouraging stressed muscles to let go and relax. We will incorporate pranayama that will teach you how to use the breath to reduce stress, overcome anxiety, and enhance vitality.

The goal is to embody these techniques so they’ll be like second nature when you need them during a stressful situation – no matter where you are.

The workshop will also include some yoga behavioral modification practices to switch maladaptive habits to more productive habits. To achieve this, you will learn and practice Yama & Niyama, meditation, and Yoga Nidra. These will be beneficial tools you can continue to use after the workshop is complete.


This will be a fun, yet productive time we will spend together for your healing, health, and well-being. Make sure you sign up today to reserve your space.

To reserve your space, please register and fill out the accompanying intake form. The form is so I can make sure this program will benefit you in an optimum way.

If you have a medical condition that is untreated or that is recent, please consult your doctor before registering. If you have major physical limitations, let me know, before the first class during, our verbal check-in. You will still be able to participate, but we can get you set up beforehand.


What are these Conditions you may be experiencing

Depression is depressed mood or the loss of interest in activities accompanied by other symptoms. A person with depression may have symptoms of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness. They may also experience weight gain or weight loss, insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleep), fatigue, or a loss of energy. A person with depression may also experience a feeling of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.

Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

Anxiety is excessive worry that may (or may not) be accompanied by fear. Associated symptoms include difficulty concentrating, restlessness, irritability, and having a difficult time controlling worrying thoughts.

Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

Stress is very similar to anxiety, where it involves excessive worrying. Stress can build up over time and create muscle tension, headaches, anger, and high blood pressure. Typical causes include financial worries, work responsibilities (or interactions), family concerns, and safety.

Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

Each of these conditions interacts in one way or another. Stress will typically lead to anxiety, depression, or both.

Yoga Therapy

is therapeutically incorporating the physical, internal, behavioral, philosophical practices of traditional yoga techniques and practices for a holistic approach to health and wellness. Yoga therapy goes beyond teaching general classes. The individual and her / his concerns & goals for healing are the primary focus. Traditional yoga techniques are modified to research base findings depending on the medical condition.

The client is in the “driver’s seat” when it comes to treatment. The therapist offers the most ideal practice for the concern the client came to the session with. However, if that practice does not support that individual’s goals for healing or if it aggravates the systems more than not, then that practice is adjusted for the client’s needs.

Read more about Yoga Therapy and how the benefits are life-changing and improve the quality of life.

If you would like to have a session on your own, find out more about appointments here.


REFERENCES

References for research and studies that have been conducted on the benefits of Yoga & Yoga Therapy for depression, anxiety, and stress.

Venkatesh, H.N., Ravish, H., Silva, W.D., and Srinivas, H. (2018). Molecular signature of immune response to yoga therapy in stress-related chronic disease conditions: An insight. International Journal of Yoga. doi:10.4103/ijoy_82_18:10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_82_18

Forbes, B., Akturk, C., Cummer-Nacco, C., Gaither, P., Gotz, J.D., et al. (2008). Yoga Therapy in Practice: Using integrative yoga therapeutics in the treatment of comorbid anxiety and depression. International Journal of Yoga Therapy (No. 18). 

Campbell, D. and Moore, K. (2004). Yoga as a preventative and treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. https://doi.org/10.17761/ijyt.14.1.t7427823p2478255

Umadevi, P., Ramachanadra, Varambally, S., Philip, M. and Gangadhar, B. N. (2013). Effects of yoga therapy on anxiety and depressive symptoms and quality of life among caregivers of in-patients with neurological disorders at a tertiary care center in India: A randomized control trial. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.116304: 10.4103/0019-5545.116304

Serber, E. (2000). Stress management through yoga. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. https://doi.org/10.17761/ijyt.10.1.x2qljx27tn76070j

Krisanapraharnkit, T., Sriraj, W., Piyankathul, N., and Laopaiboon, M. (2006). Meditation therapy for anxiety disorders. Cochrane Library. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD004998.pub2

Other references on the conditions and statistics.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm

Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Facts and statistics. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

American Psychological Association (2020). Stress in America: Pressroom. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress