Are you feeling the effects of chronic stress in your life? Does it feel like you can’t relax, no matter what you do? Do you have trouble sleeping because you’re worried about problems big and small? Are you feeling disconnected from the things that matter to you – your hobbies, interests, and spirituality?
Perhaps you’re going through a life transition such as marriage, divorce, career change, or a geographical move. Perhaps you have more than major life event happening. We may think to ourselves that we can handle it all, but our bodies tell the truth with symptoms like insomnia, fatigue, and chronic muscular tension.
You may be worried about developing a stress-related illness, such as high blood pressure, or perhaps you already have one or more stress-related illnesses. If you have an auto-immune condition, you may notice it flaring up more often. Or you may find yourself overeating, under-eating, or isolating yourself socially, having unusually negative thoughts about life. You want your old self back.
If this describes you right now, yoga can soothe your mind and bring you back to balance. But mainstream yoga classes are usually missing a key element that brings true calm: mindfulness.
Mindfulness has been proven to increase the brain’s ability to handle stress, stay centered, and maintain an open, empathetic mind. This is achieved through mechanisms that are just beginning to be understood by science, but have been noted in Buddhist self-help books for decades.
Maybe you already have a yoga practice, and are looking for ways to make it more suited for mental balance. Maybe you’re thinking of starting a yoga practice, but want guidance from a trained mental health provider.
As a Certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Counselor with a Master’s Degree in counseling, and professional experience using mindfulness for mental health, I can help you get from chronic stress to a place of wellness. You can email me to get a free consultation, read more about my services, or check out my credentials here.