Yoga for Anxiety and Depression: An Introductory Daylong Workshop
The Science and Practice of Healing through Breath and Movement
Candace Stevens, M.S., E-RYT200
Sat., June 10th, 10am-4pm at Against the Stream Mediation Center (2701 Folsom St. San Francisco)
Anxiety and Depression aren't just in our heads; they live in our bodies as well. The practice of yoga can help us use our bodies to change the way our minds respond to anxiety and depression. This workshop is designed to give yoga teachers and practitioners an understanding of this process, provide an introductory understanding of how to assess your mind/body state, and provide yogic tools for your personal practice of mind/body healing and management. These concepts will be particularly useful for anyone using yoga as part of their therapy to help heal and live with mental health issues.
In this class, we will explore:
How yogic ideas and principles relate to the science of mental health and wellness.
How we can use the practice of yoga to address mental distress and create safety in the body and mind.
Getting on the mat and working with the poses.
This workshop will include movement, breathwork, lecture, and conversation. All levels are welcome! The structure of the day is as follows:
1). A shorter. all-levels yoga practice
2) Exploration of current psychological research on how the body can affect the mind (and vice versa)
3) Examination of the nervous system and its role in depression and anxiety
4) A 45 minute lunch break
5) Learning postures, movements, and breath that address anxiety and depression respectively 6) Embodied practice of these techniques
7) An introduction to assessing your mind/body needs, and how to choose what tools to address them. Cost is $79 Early Bird and $99 after June 2nd. A portion of the proceeds go to support the Against the Stream Mediation Center (www.againstthestream.com).
Candace has studied with Bessel van der Kolk and Bo Forbes, as well as her primary teacher, Shiva Rae, and this work is deeply inspired by them. She also draws extensively from her Master's in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, and her time working as a trauma-specialized therapist. She has been teaching yoga for 8 years in Philadelphia as well as at festivals, workshops and retreats throughout the world. You can find out more about Candace at: http://www.candacestevens.com/
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.