Anxiety can feel painful and debilitating, causing feelings of isolation, fear, an inability to concentrate, and low self-esteem. Over 40 million adults are affected by anxiety in the U.S. making it the most common mental health condition, with 31.1% of adults experiencing an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.
When managed, stress can be a helpful motivator, however, when the stress response goes on for too long or becomes chronic it can have long term effects on health. Affecting the body's ability to fight off infection, cause difficulty sleeping, slow the digestive system, and raise blood pressure along with feelings of irritability, anger, depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and lack of energy can interfere with everyday activities, work and relationships.
Working from her own personal experience, Leigh has learned how to manage and transform anxiety and stress! Yoga and mindfulness practices are a major part of this transformative process and research is proving again and again that yoga activates the relaxation response (the parasympathetic nervous system) in the body, moving one away from "fight or flight" to "rest and digest."
Leigh works as a yoga therapist focusing her practice on helping those with anxiety and other stress-related mental health issues. She helps clients learn to become more comfortable with themselves, identify the best practices for each individual, and learn to create a sense of balance and ease to live a more fulfilling life.
Join Leigh in this 2-hour workshop, open to all abilities. There will be breathing exercises, mantras and affirmations, a gentle yoga sequence followed by some restorative poses and a guided relaxation. Participants will leave knowing more about how to effectively calm the nervous system, and empowered with tools and practices that can be done on and off the mat.
YogaLife Institute of NH
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