Yoga and Mindfulness for Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May so this week’s classes are focused on how our yoga and mindfulness practice can help with mental health problems. Experiencing poor mental health is not just for those with diagnoses of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Although the usual statistic is 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, in my opinion, we ALL experience periods of lower quality mental health. These are typically associated with living busy, stressful lives, often exacerbated by believing stories (our own and others) about our life situation which may or may not be true.

I have experienced bouts of depression since I can remember – about 5 years old. Although the frequency and intensity are much less now, I still get episodes and am in the middle of one right now. Yoga and mindfulness have given me the tools to create awareness, space and self compassion around these feelings, to inquire into core beliefs and stories, and to understand that my depression does not define who I am. I want to share some of my key learnings this week in class through asana, pranayama and meditation.

Specifically, we’ll be looking at:

  • practising kindness towards ourselves and our practice
  • breathing and softening into uncomfortable sensations and situations
  • developing inner strength and resilience
  • connecting with our hearts
  • learning how to calm the nervous system

I hope you can join me

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