Yoga for Relieving Stress and Anxiety
- Anyone can join, no previous yoga experience required
Optimize your health
We are all living together these strange and uncertain times where optimizing our mental & physical health is a priority. Keeping anxiety at bay – as individuals and collectively - helps us maintain a stronger immune system for ourselves and to protect the people around us.
This course offers simple and effective skills to help us cope with the negative effects of anxiety and stress, both of which are currently on the rise given the COVID 19 virus pandemic. Social distancing and hygiene help bring down the possibility of exposure, yes. They help us manage our space and avoid contamination, yes. But, in the meantime, how is our state of mind? Are we keeping our inner environment as spotlessly clean as our outer one?
Anxiety fills our body with stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones keep the body tense and geared for action against potential threat. However, if they stay too long, they become toxic and wear us out, bringing our immune system down. Fearful moods and ruminating thoughts that come with anxiety keep the stress going. Can we give ourselves an immunity boost and a mood uplift from the safety of our homes?
Tools for letting go
This online workshop is for everyone interested in learning how to use the body, breath and awareness to overcome stress and anxiety. Asana, pranayama and yoga nidra sessions will be combined with an understanding of how stress and anxiety effect our physiology and our psychology, as well as how the yogic practices support our capacities to restore resilience.
The workshop will be facilitated by Zena Takieddine and Mantramala (Minna Jarvenpaa). Zena is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and yoga teacher with experience working with stress and trauma resolution in a variety of settings. Mantramala teaches yoga for refugees in Lebanon and is the founder of Tools for Inner Peace, an organisation set up to empower trauma survivors to manage their own healing and well-being with tools from yoga.
Come and learn how to move beyond stress and anxiety.
Videography and green juice making: Farah Azrak
- Anyone experiencing stress and anxiety
- Yoga teachers who want to offer others relief from stress and anxiety
- Greetings and Introductions02:55
- What's Stress Got to Do with It?01:34
- Shake It Up, Shake It Out02:46
- How to Boost Our Immunity03:24
- Somatic Exploration - Audios Attached00:04
- Immune Booster - Green Juice with Farah02:54
- Asana practice43:35
- Why Breathing Matters01:28
- Breathing Practices01:07
- Pranayama - Breathing Practices15:29
- Maintaining a Healthy Nervous System02:03
- How Singing Improves Our Health00:51
- Healing Chant26:24
- What is deep relaxation?00:54
- Yoga Nidra practice - Audio Attached01:19
Minna Jarvenpaa (Mantramala) originally discovered yoga and meditation as a means of maintaining balance under stressful – and occasionally dangerous – circumstances while she worked as an international diplomat in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Yoga has been part of her daily life for more than ten years, giving inner strength, happiness and a deeper connection with life. In 2018, she completed three years of training at the Bihar School of Yoga in India.
I have been teaching yoga for over decade, mostly in Damascus and in Beirut. I love making yoga practices accessible to people of all walks of life. I have benefitted first hand and seen the benefit of yoga on others on all levels of life, including emotional, physical and mental health. Often, the simplest practices can make the deepest transformation. This is very empowering for us all. As the world becomes increasingly chaotic and unsettling, we can create greater resilience through our own inner resources: self-observation, discipline, breathwork, movement and an attitude of openness to gratitude and creativity. Yoga shows the way.