Starting September 21 for 8 weeks
Two Hours each week 11:30am – 1:30pm
Yoga Therapy for the Mind
8-Week Course for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Led by Nancy Sinton, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, MBA
The Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression is an evidence-based program developed by Heather Mason, founder of the Minded Institute, as a therapeutic treatment for stress, anxiety and depression. The course combines asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breath-work), and restorative properties of mindfulness. The 8-week course is designed to teach you practices that will help you to manage and regulate your physical and mental well-being. New scientific research continues to affirm that depression, anxiety, and stress are best treated with methods that address both body and mind.
The yoga practice is specifically designed to bring balance back to your nervous system and to teach you how to regulate mood and emotions. Yoga postures will include those that are useful for energizing and those which are useful for bringing calm to your system. By learning how to be with the variety of sensations in the body you simultaneously develop the ability to be with challenging emotions in a more grounded and gentle way. The course will visit new themes each week enabling you to explore your yoga practice through different perspectives, encouraging the exploration of mental patterns, perceptions, and habits that may be keeping you “stuck”.
Weeks 1 – 2: In the first two weeks of the course you will be taught how to regulate and understand your mood through breath and movement. Some breath practices (pranayama) are energizing while others are more helpful for quietening your nervous system.
Weeks 3 – 5: In weeks three, four and five, the focus is on how to understand and influence emotional health through body awareness and movement.
Weeks 6 – 8: The final three weeks build on the mental strength and resilience that has developed in the previous weeks. At this point we are ready to begin to work with the mind, engaging in practices that enable you to view and adapt your mental patterns in new and helpful ways.
Each week: Each segment of the course offers cumulative skills with each week’s theme building upon and developing the previous week’s learning. At the close of each session there is a discussion period for you to talk about your experiences during class and how to use what you learn when facing the challenges of daily living.
$395 for the 8-week program ($49 for each 2-hour course class)