'Yoga-based interventions have promise as an intervention for depressed mood and they are feasible for patients with chronic, treatment-resistant depression.' - Nina Vollbehr, Centre of Integrative Psychiatry, The Netherlands.
By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal. People with depression exhibit elevated levels of cortisol, which is related to brain changes in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and amygdala. While the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex (which are involved in emotion regulation, memory forming and decision making) appear to lose volume, the amygdala (responsible for our fear and stress response) becomes enlarged and more active). Known as the ‘stress hormone’, those with depression exhibit greater cortisol levels at all points during the day than people without depression. Studies have demonstrated reduced levels of cortisol in those who practice yoga. It’s thought that the breathing exercises that are a key part of yoga induce the body’s relaxation response, and mindfulness meditation (another aspect of yoga) is also associated with lowering cortisol. This is an entirely practical course, guiding students through yogic exercises and mindfulness programmes in a safe environment. All that is required is access to a quiet room, a yoga mat, a blanket and cushions.
5 HOURS Total Length
Introduction, Moving Meditation and Yoga Nidra Experience
Sun Salutations, Yoga to Stimulate Digestion and Solar Plexus
Breathwork and Grief Release
Affirmations and Class Discussion
Final Practice and Questions
Yoga and Mindfulness Expert
With years of training and learning, Sophia teaching will help immerse her students into the world of yoga, mindfulness and mental health.