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Yoga Therapy Workshop for Stress

We all have a clear picture in our head what is behind the symptoms like increased heart rate and breathing, tense muscles, sweating, elevated blood pressure, bad digestion and immune functions, when we feel alert and vigilant and our energies are mobilized to face the challenges of our everyday lives! Everyone experiences stress from time to time.

There are different types of stress which carry physical and mental health risks. When we talk about chronic stress, we know that it can cause a variety of symptoms and affect our overall well-being.

Symptoms related to chronic stress include:

  • irritability

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • headaches

  • insomnia

  • autoimmune diseases

  • burnout

  • cardiovascular diseases

  • addiction

  • eating disorders

Chronic exposure to stress also causes structural changes in the brain and behavior!

Despite stress having a bad reputation and is the underlying cause of many leading lethal diseases of the modern world, it is also a necessary coping strategy of the system that supported us in our evolutionary survival. The good news is, that stress can also have a mobilizing, motivating, and encouraging “exciting and delighting” and “tending and befriending” effect that is often underestimated. Stress can also be understood as “an important stimulus of human growth and creativity as well as an inevitable part of life”. This approach to stress makes us more resilient and generates mental and psychological strength, helps us focus and concentrate our physical and mental resources, diminishes fear by opening access to courage, motivates us to reach our goals and reach out for help from others, and encourages self-confidence!

“Mild stress stimulates cells to repair damaged proteins, fortifies the immune system, keeps bones strong, and may improve memory”. Similarly to stress, yoga stimulates the body, the nervous system, and the mind.

So, how can we stay between those beneficial and healthy limits of the stress?

Despite a quick increase in medical and pharmaceutical technology of the past decades, there has been substantial interest in research addressing the importance of yoga on health and well-being. Evidence-based science proves the therapeutic effects of yoga to decrease stress, depression, and anxiety, enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, improve cardiovascular and respiratory functions, reduce symptoms of pain, cope with addictive behaviors, enhance sleep-hygiene, and promote well-being and quality of life.

To experience this for yourself, go to my website (YogaMind) and find out more about my new Yoga Therapy Workshop for Stress Management.

Please, help me reach out to those who think might benefit from attending this workshop!

To register, or get more information, please email erika.gantner@yogamind.club

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