Yoga for Stress Reduction

Yoga for Stress Reduction: Simple Techniques to Manage and Release Stress with Hala Khouri, M.A.

Benefits of Yoga for Stress Relief:

  • Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
  • Improved fitness. Practicing yoga may lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.
  • Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

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Editorial Reviews – Yoga for Stress Relief

“Hala’s teachings offer an insightful pathway opening not only your body and mind, but even more importantly…your heart. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning about the powerful connection of the mind/body and how the elimination of stress can create a happier, healthier and more dynamic life on all levels.” -Seane Corn This program will help those with normal, everyday stress to those grappling with more extreme anxiety or overwhelm. Hala guides you through this yoga workout with her unique perspective as a somatic counselor who has helped hundreds of people deal with stress. The yoga practices are geared towards teaching you how to shift from a fight-or-flight response into a relaxation response. You will also learn how to release stressful energy from your body and handle life’s stressors with grace and ease. Hala’s unique knowledge of the mind/body connection and her vast understanding of yoga are seamlessly combined to create a program that will heal the body, mind and spirit. Appropriate for new and experienced students. WARM UP stretches target tension in the hips, legs, lower back, neck and spine. The focus is on working with the breath and sensations in the body as the first step to releasing stress. STANDING POSES are designed to strengthen the legs and core to foster groundedness and resilience in the body. The FREE MOVEMENT section starts with a chi gong standing meditation, a “self- tenderizing” sequence, and then spontaneous movement and dancing to shake off stress and rejuvenate the body. The COOL DOWN sequence of seated forward bends and twists helps cultivate a sense of calm integration of the body and mind. It ends with a final relaxation on the back. MEDITATION A focuses on how to self-regulate and find peace through sensation awareness and breath. MEDITATION B targets a specific stressful experience and guides you on how to approach this scenario with resilience and ease.

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