In this 2 day non-residentail course we will examine the overall understanding of depression, anxiety and psychosis from both a Western and a Yogic point of view.
The course will include some basic neuro-science.
We will see how the practices of Yoga (including relaxation, meditation & mindfulness as well as postures) can be used in daily life to help manage a range of mental health issues.
In particular, we will look at the way in which specific Yoga practices can work to bring balance to people dealing with depression and anxiety. We will also look at psychosis and explore practices which may help to stabilize these symptoms.
For all conditions we will pay particular attention to safety and to contra-indications.
The tutor : Amarajyoti
Amarajyoti is a highly qualified & very experienced Yoga teacher. She first qualified in 1988 and has been teaching Yoga practices for mental health since 1997.
Cost : £95.00
There are subtle rhythms to our energies. Rest, nourishment, digestions, exercise, different yoga practices, mental activity, even the way we breathe, all have various energetic effects which come into play physically, emotionally and mentally as we move through the day.
Becoming conscious of this energetic interrelationship enables us to better monitor our needs and capabilities. It allows us to avoid burnout, to conserve energy and, when appropriate, channel our strength or go with the flow.
The previous mindfulness themes all interact with our energy levels. If we are emotionally up or down, sick or well, mentally calm or agitated, all these things have an impact on our levels of energy.
A period of doing nothing might be a positive thing, or it might be part of a low energetic loop which leaves us continually more depleted. Going for a walk might give us a boost in energy beyond our expectations, or it may be a way of coping with an inability to focus our energy on the task in hand.
It is only by self observation that we are able to notice these things and act in harmony with our energies.
Today, without intervention, become conscious of the ebb and flow in our energy.
This text is taken from Yoga With Attitude by Swami Vimalratna.
The book is available from the Yoga Association of Victoria and Satyananda Yoga Academy Australia.
from Mindfulness Techniques, posted April 2015
It is one thing to carefully observe how we “act”, but it adds a whole new dimension when we begin to observe how we “react” to the situations and interactions in our lives.
The most incidental thing may push our buttons. To the onlooker our reactions may appear strange but as far as we are concerned we have acted from some inner logic, rational or irrational, some trigger that causes our response.
We may later reflect that a different reaction may have been far more useful to us, and everyone else involved, but at that stage we are stuck with the embarrassment of hindsight. Read more…
from Mindfulness Techniques, posted January 2015
The themes of the last few weeks have already given some insight into the nature of emotions. Our thoughts and our physical bodies are so entangled with the experience of emotion that the boundaries between them are almost inseparable.
The physical body contains and reflects every emotion we carry. Indeed, we carry emotion caught in the tension of muscles and joints, and in our illnesses, in a cumulative build up that occurs over the course of our lives.
It can be difficult to recognise our own emotions. We may feel something but that doesn’t mean we know its name, and even what we are able to name may be just a shadow of what we actually feel. Read more…
from Mindfulness Techniques, posted November 2014
“We have approximately 80,000 thoughts each day. Unfortunately, tomorrow, 90% of our thoughts will the same as the ones we had today.”
Generally we are so busy thinking that we are rarely able to catch ourselves in the process. The mind may go blank when we confront it directly and it will wander off on another subject altogether whenever we try and hold it focussed.
To become aware of thoughts we need to be relaxed, not trying too hard, and not expecting that all our thoughts will be important. Read more…
from Mindfulness Techniques, posted October 2014
Pratipaksha bhava has been defined in the Yoga Sutras as thinking of the opposite quality in relation to the attitudes one develops and expresses in day-to-day situations.
Attitudes such as envy, jealousy and competitiveness all lead to the development of a particular type of human expression, which involves a change in the total personality. Jealousy, for example, begins as an idea, but you begin to feel an emotion, which is termed ‘jealousy’. Read more…