Friday 14 September 2018, 7.00-9.00PM
Whitelands Farm Sports Ground, Whitelands Way, Bicester, OX26 1AJ
We all know what it is like to feel stressed. Our speedy, high-pressured lives mean that we are often constantly on the go and overstimulated, and sometimes we don’t give our bodies or our minds the necessary down-time for rest and relaxation. This means that our stress response (fight-or-flight mode) is more regularly activated and sometimes it becomes our default state.
Feelings of stress can therefore accumulate and become excessive, meaning that we often feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. Feelings of anxiety can arise in response to the stress and we can have difficulty finding a sense of balance and calm. And, when we are affected by stress for a long period of time, it can have a significant impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.
The good news is that yoga can help to take us into a more calm and relaxed state through connecting us with our bodies, our breathing and our minds. It creates the conditions for the body’s relaxation response to kick in by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest mode). This acts a ‘dimmer switch’ and turns down the fight-or-flight response, slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and diverting blood supply towards other bodily functions such as the digestive, reproductive and immune systems.
In this workshop we’ll explore a range of techniques to help you to manage feelings of stress and anxiety, allowing your body and your mind to relax and be still. This will include slow flowing movement (asana), breathwork (pranayama) and meditation, and we’ll end with a Restorative Yoga practice to encourage deep rest. You will come away with some tools and practices that you can integrate into everyday life to help you to cultivate ongoing mental and physical wellbeing.
Everyone is welcome; no experience of yoga is needed.
All the equipment is provided. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move easily in, including something warm.
The investment is £25.