Yoga for Optimal Mental Health Workshop with Margot Strauhull
Join Margot for this 90-minute workshop all about yoga and mental health. The landscape for addressing and treating mental health is changing and beginning to acknowledge what yogis have known for thousands of years, that the practices of yoga are here to support us in finding wellness in mind and body. This workshop is an opportunity to dive into the practices of yoga and mindfulness that are here to help improve your mental health. We will look at the common struggles (like the impacts of chronic stress and anxiety) that affect our mental health and how your yoga practice can assist you to find relief and increase your mental resilience.
September 10th, 2023
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
$40 per person
Yoga for Mental Health FAQs
The mental health benefits of yoga can be traced back to its inception, with the ancient texts of Patajanli’s Yoga Sutras, where he says “Yogas Chitta Vittri Nirodha”, which translated means, Yoga is the practice of the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. In addition to creating a more calm mind, current scientific research in the fields of psychology and interpersonal neurobiology has shown yoga helps reduce stress, relieve depressive symptoms, reduce reactivity, regulate our autonomic nervous system, and improve focus.
There is no one style of yoga that is better or worse for your mental health. Some styles of yoga may be better for creating more relaxation and some may be better for boosting your spirit. Rather than being prescriptive about what type is best, we will explore how different styles impact you and your unique makeup.
Great question! Ask yourself what are your mental health goal. Some poses are better for enlivening the body and some are better for calming. There are also 8 Limbs of Yoga, and physical posture is only 1 of them, so we will also touch on these other limbs of yoga and how they can benefit your mental health as well.
Props and yoga mats are provided in the studio, but students may bring any props that will make them comfortable during our time. Students may also want some paper and a writing utensil if they’d like to take notes. Students can expect some movement, some experiential activities, and some time for discussion during our time together.