Yoga for Stress

By letting go, it all gets done - Lao Tzu

Yoga for relaxation and stress relief workshop at the Bristol Yoga Centre

We often think that we are relaxed when watching TV or cycling. Whilst these can be more relaxing than going to work or driving the kids around, they are still bombarding our senses. Yoga is a great remedy for stress as it teaches you how relax to fully. 

Relax the yoga way

One of the main causes of chronic stress is our inability to release tension and strain once the cause of the stress has passed. We often worry and carry the disturbance with us long after an incident has taken place. This can cause many of us to suffer tension in our head, neck and upper back. We literally carry the weight of the world on our shoulders! In Savasana, we take the weight off and our body can begin to really relax and rejuvenate.

Be with the breath

Bringing our awareness to our breathing enables us to be in the present moment, rather than focusing on the past or future. Breathing properly means that our body is being supplied with the right amount of oxygen, replenishing our brain and other vital organs.

Balance the nervous system

Yoga also helps our nervous system to rebalance after a challenge has passed. In our practice, we often alternate between strenuous poses and gentler postures, conditioning us to move easily between states of challenge and rest. This teaches us to let go & release once the challenges have been met.

Regular Asana practice

Doing regular asanas keeps our body and mind balanced, strong and flexible. It also relieves muscular tension and mobilise our joints.  If you're feeling healthy, it's much easier to handle stress and worries.  

Learning to accept change

One of the main benefits I’ve gained from regular practice of yoga is the ability to accept change. Quite often we feel really stressed when going through changes. Just like stress, changes are inevitable part of living. Therefore, it’s really worth learning techniques to help us when these changes become challenging and stressful.

New relaxation and stress relief Workshops at Bristol Yoga Centre

I am running a short relaxation and stress relief workshop on 4th June. Come and learn how to relax fully and ward off stress! This will be a lovely Sunday afternoon event supporting Bristol Mind, a mental health charity who do great work in Bristol.  

We have also scheduled a new meditation workshop on stress and life management on Sunday 2nd July by Kay Baxter at the Bristol Yoga Centre studio. 

Finding Balance at a Yoga Retreat

 Nothing can bring you peace but yourself – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yoga Retreat in Spain 2017 by Bristol Yoga Centre

Going on a yoga retreat is an excellent way to relax and rejuvenate. It gives you time and space to deepen your practice and reflect on what is important in your life. The daily yoga practice helps to bring a sense of calm and peace. As Judith Hanson Lasater, renowned yoga teacher says ‘Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well’.

I often hear people coming back from holidays and saying that they need another break straight away! When we go away we tend to sleep late, eat and drink too much and end up running around doing lots of sightseeing. Although this can be fun, we can often come home feeling tired and depleted.

Whenever I’ve been on a yoga retreat, I’ve noticed that my mind becomes clearer and I develop a tremendous sense of wellbeing. I return feeling balanced and full of energy, and ready to take on whatever life brings.

Twice daily yoga means that there are opportunities to delve into different practices such as pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra. These techniques are incredibly restorative and energising, by doing them regularly you’ll be able to feel the benefits they can bring. 

Healthy food at a yoga retreat can also help you revitalise as delicious balanced meals are provided everyday. These offer a great opportunity to get to know each other and make new friends in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.

The yoga retreat should help to encourage and instil your own personal practice once you return home, meaning that the benefits you’ve gained will stay with you.

This year, I am running a luxurious 7 day yoga retreat in Tarifa, in the south of Spain, from Saturday 17th – 24th June 2017.  It’s open to all ages and abilities. There is currently £100 off last minute discount available.

The villa is located in a stunning elevated position in the La Pena area (Natural Park) of Tarifa, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic view over miles of sandy beaches.

There are lots of exciting activities that can be organised including:

  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Water sports
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Whale watching
  • Day trips to Morocco
  • Roman ruins

Or you can just relax on the beach or at the gorgeous grounds of the villa!

This article was originally featured in British Wheel of Yoga Spectrum magazine Spring 2017.