Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
This three-hour workshop provides a safe, supportive space for exploration of practices and tools to help you navigate all aspects of your emotional experience–the light and the dark, the highs and the lows, the ease and the intensity. We’ll practice asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), guided meditation, guided relaxation, and writing as ways to move with more equanimity through the often dark and stormy waters of anxious and depressed moods. The concept of the three gunas, the three fundamental qualities of the natural world–including our minds–from Samkhya philosophy’s cosmology, will be discussed as a way to better understand our whole range of emotional experience and to help us move in the direction of a way of understanding why our moods change, sometimes rapidly, and allowing whatever is happening in the present moment to ultimately be seen as an opportunity for growth (even if it doesn’t feel that way in the moment). We’ll talk about how to identify triggers, warning signals, and patterns that often precede a period of darkness or anxiety and how to work with those as well as how and when to ask for help. Nicole offers this workshop not as a therapist or counselor, but as a teacher of yoga and as a person who has experienced anxiety and depression on and off since her teens. She hopes this workshop will help foster a community of mutuality and support, new friendships, and help lessen the very real stigma that surrounds mental health issues. No yoga experience necessary.
The receptive and open nature of the practice of yin yoga provides a mindful and serene environment in which to settle in to new intentions for the coming year. In this workshop, we’ll briefly discuss the difference between intentions and goals as well as the yogic concept of sankalpa (vow or resolve). Following this short discussion, we’ll practice yin and restorative yoga postures, breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation in order to settle our minds and bodies and clarify our intentions. You’re invited to bring a notebook or journal to jot down any insights or ideas. No yoga experience is necessary, just a willingness to soften and listen deeply to your own inner wisdom.