"Twenty years ago I was sitting with friends drinking coffee, laughing, and discussing our hopes and dreams, when all of a sudden everything went black. I started to shake, my heart was racing, and I begged my friends to rush me to the hospital...I was dying! I spent three days in the hospital while they tried to figure out what was wrong with me. Did I have a heart attack? A stroke? No...I was only 19 years old, that couldn't happen to me! After a long weekend of being poked, prodded, and scanned every which way I could, the final diagnosis came in...General Anxiety Disorder/Panic Attacks. I didn't know what that was or why it was happening to me but from that point on, I had a panic attack almost every day for ten years with these crazy constantly changing symptoms. The panic then turned into Paranoia, OCD, Depression. I chose to not take medication because for the three weeks I was on Zoloft/Paxil/Etc., I was a zombie. My life was a big fog and I did not like that feeling. I saw a therapist twice a week who helped me "control" my attacks. And then one day he suggested that I take a Yoga class. I was hesitant, but I grabbed a friend and off I went to try something else that might ease my pain. I had no idea what I was doing, but I desperately opened myself up to this new experience whole-heartedly. I left class that day and cried for two days straight. On the third day I went back and talked to my teacher about how I felt after that first class, not understanding my emotions, and she simply said to me, "You released!" I then started practicing Yoga 2-3 times a week and within six months my symptoms went away...and they never came back! Yoga HEALED me! It saved my life!" -Jill Pawloski
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness. We all get it, some more and worse than others. In this workshop, we will focus on relieving anxiety and reducing stress by focusing on our breath...mainly our exhales, some standing postures to ground us, and lots of forward bends and restorative poses to quiet our minds and relax our nervous system. Yoga can be a powerful tool for easing these and other symptoms of anxiety, stress, and trauma. With celebrities and athletes like Kevin Love and Carson Daly opening up about their struggles, it gives us "everyday people" the courage to open up as well. So let's talk about it, let's share our stories, let's heal...we are NOT alone!
Yoga for Anxiety & Depression will introduce you to a suite of techniques that can help you find peace and calm, including breath (pranayama), movement (asana), meditation, and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) techniques that can help you heal. Anyone can do this, especially after a stressful work day, or whenever you are feeling uneasy. Learn the tools to stay calm and grounded to help you wind down from any type of stress!
Jill will also be providing essential oil samples for you that will aide in the calming of the mind. Besides increasing calm and well-being, using essential oils to treat anxiety also reduces the chances of developing stress and anxiety-related disease and complications like sleep problems, allergies, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
Open to ALL ages, no yoga experience necessary!