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Yoga for Mental Health

Posted Friday, 22 December 2017, 3.52pm

We're excited to announce that we will now be offering Yoga for Mental Health classes!

These will be held on a Monday evening from The Lighthouse, led my Caroline Robinson, our Community Engagement Officer who recently qualified as a Yoga Alliance Teacher

For more information and to book onto a class, contact Caroline via email, text or give her a ring:

Caroline.Robinson@CEMind.org
07474 582322

 

We asked Caroline to tell us more about the classes:

  • Yoga for mental health – how does it differ from straight forward yoga?

The simple answer is: it doesn’t. Yoga is good for your mental health in whatever form you practice it. I did study Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Health on my course so I can tailor the sessions to include therapeutic practices for mental health and stress amongst physical ailments such as back pain or digestive issues.
What IS different is that my intention is to extend the ethos of the Lighthouse into these sessions. There are many barriers between people engaging with exercise classes: ‘everyone will be better than me’, ‘I’ll be rubbish’, ‘I’m not flexible’, ‘I won’t know anyone’, ‘everyone will stare at me’. These are exacerbated still further when you bring mental health issues into the picture as well. Yoga for Mental Health is a safe, warm, comfortable environment where you can have a go at yoga for the first time, or continue your practice with understanding and without judgment.

  • What will the course will cover?

I hadn’t intended it to be a ‘course’ as such. It will be an ongoing class for people to dip in and out for as long as they find it useful. That said, the session will include a mixture of physical practice (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) as well as mindfulness and mediation. I will recommend that some of these practices are taken home, where it is safe to do, as regular practice has a greater impact.

  • What will a session be like – e.g. purely movement /silence/ meditation

We will start the session with a chat about intentions for the class then go through some warm up exercises and a few poses (asanas) followed by stretches, breathing techniques then a short relaxation meditation.

  • Who is it suitable for? Beginners/intermediate?

Everyone is welcome. I can adapt all postures to all abilities.

  • Cost?

Donation only. Recommendation is £3 or whatever you can afford.

  • Maximum numbers?

We can fit up to 8 people in the current facility.

  • Do people have to book?

Yes – because we have limited space.

  • Is it open to men and women?

Absolutely!
It’s worth noting that I will be starting to do a Men’s Yoga class on a Wednesday evening later in January at Currock Community Centre if there is anyone uncomfortable coming to a mixed class.

  • Start and end time

6pm – 7.30pm

  • Do the participants need to bring anything?

We will have mats available, but please bring your own if preferred. And wear something comfortable, and stretchy.

  • Can you just come for 1 session?

You can come for as long as you find it useful.

  • How do you book on a class?

Get in touch with me via email, text message or give me a ring. Please get in touch if you have any other questions.

Caroline.Robinson@CEMind.org
07474 582322

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