Yoga for the Mind
Carolyn delivers classes and courses for stress and burnout, depression, anxiety and the MARK course for addictions, which provide an opportunity to acquire a personalised tool kit to support your mental and emotional health and recovery. They include gentle yoga postures designed to lift mood, release tension and tolerate frustration, pranayama (use of the breath), grounding exercises, mindfulness meditation and mindful enquiry, which supports the processing of new insights. Some courses include recovery-planning, solution-focused work and bio-psycho-social education (for example understanding the biological, psychological and social components of anxiety and panic).
Sessions recognise that tension and experiences are held in the body as well as the mind. Approaching mental health, emotional wellbeing and addictions from a mind body perspective, provides a different entry point for working towards recovery. Although in the West, yoga is often thought to be a purely physical practice, the physical poses are only a small part of yoga. Yoga is a complete system for all aspects of the self and life. Yoga, in this broader sense of the practice, therefore provides an organising framework for all our work on emotional health and recovery.
All classes and courses can be modified and delivered on a 1:1 basis and supported by 1:1 recovery planning sessions if you feel you need additional support. Individual sessions are provided in Butleigh at a cost of £55 per hour.
A free individual confidential consultation is offered prior to attending a course to ensure that it is suitable for your individual needs. This can be face to face or by telephone. Sessions may not be suitable for example, if you are currently, or have recently been, acutely mentally unwell. Timing will be discussed with you as part of the assessment and consultation.
It is important to be aware that we do not provide medical treatment or specific psychological therapies, Rather, we help you to develop self-help strategies and to improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. In many cases, our approach will complement treatment or support you might be accessing from your GP, psychiatrist or mental health team.
After attending a course or workshop, you may find our other yoga and mindfulness meditation classes helpful; they are available on an ongoing basis and are not time-limited. The weekly Yoga for the Mind class for example, focuses on creating space for yourself, calming the nervous system and learning how to relax. Information about other yoga classes can also be provided to help you find the approach that is right for you.