Yoga Therapy for Positive Mental Health
Ever had insomnia because you can’t get your mind to stop turning? Don’t really remember the last time you felt really good and happy or it has been so long that you don’t know how to feel that way again? Feeling tired and foggy most of the time? Feeling so busy that you can’t even take a breather or so that you don’t have to stop and contemplate? You may not think you are suffering from depression or anxiety, but your overall mood is just not that great. Sure, we all have stresses or struggles in our lives, but they may be piling up and these unchecked conditions over time can lead you towards even more serious health problems that not only adversely affect your mental wellbeing, your quality of life, but also your physical health.
The good news is that scientific research has shown many proofs that yoga promotes positive mental health. We now know that yoga increases serotonin and other “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain, and that it reduces the stress hormone cortisol. And the even better news is that SPACE is now offering a class that not only prevent your current condition from getting worse, it is specifically designed to help you with your specific condition, with yogic tools to manage your mood you’ll be on the path to mental wellness and feel great again!
We all have different mental states or moods. Whether you are suffering from feeling anxious or feeling low, this class is adapted to the individual student, so each person can progress towards to a more balanced and positive emotional, mental, and physical state of equanimity and self-awareness. Working in a safe, comfortable, compassionate environment with a yoga therapist, you’ll learn Yogic tools to clear your own inner space of whatever is preventing you from realizing and sustaining your positive mental health. These Yogic tools may include Asana, Pranayama, various meditation techniques, Yoga Nidra, guided imagery, Sankalpa (creating affirmation/intention), Bhavana (Visualization/creating vision), or guided therapeutic long holding of poses.
In each session your yoga therapist will start with an assessment of your current condition, including your physical, emotional and mental state (first session will consist of a longer discussion) to devise your personalized practice for that session. In general, though your work with your therapist, you’ll first cultivate compassionate equanimity, while awareness will be developed at the same time, but the mind must be at a certain level stability and calmness to provide the ability to process the insights that may arise with development of awareness. Your Yoga Therapist will also help you cultivate the witness consciousness as an insight oriented approach to stress management and the self-regulation of emotions. You’ll walk away from each session with easy practice that’s individualized for you by your Yoga therapist that you will work with at home until your next session. The aim of this course is to empower you with yogic tools that you can use to maintain your own mental wellness. Once learned, the practice is there for you for a lifetime.
How Do I know if I Need This Class?
If you experience several of these below conditions that do not go away (lasting for weeks), this class may be helpful to you.
※you have hard time falling asleep or you sleep too much.
※you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult.
※you feel really tired and have no energy.
※you feel hopeless, guilty, worthless and/or helpless.
※you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try.
※you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating.
※You have persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. ※You have persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings.
※you are much more irritable, restless, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual.
※you feel emotionally numb and disconnected from others.
※you are constantly tense, worried, or on edge.
※you are plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake.
※you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic.
※you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner.
※you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior
※you have thoughts that life is not worth living (seek medical help immediately if this is the case)