Click above to read the article from the Forbes Coaches.
This article lists helpful ways to increase our positive thinking in our daily lives for anyone suffering from depression, self-doubt, low productivity, et cetera.
My favorites are "make it 1% better" and "do 15 minutes a day of conscious value".
I often feel like counselling clients are overwhelmed in feeling like they have a limited number of weeks to "fix" their problems. Frustration can occur if a client feels like no change is being made. "How can you make it just 1% better?" is a great question to ask yourself when you're feeling bombarded. Simplifying and working on very small changes is often the best approach to make lasting bigger changes in our mental health overtime.
I love the term "conscious value", because it can encompass such a wide variety of things and is changeable. While some days "conscious value" may be a glass of wine with a friend, another day it may be sitting in silence, the next it may be organizing your house, and the next it may be volunteering in a role that benefits society. "Conscious value" differs so much from person to person, and I feel it is really important to devote a few minutes each day to yourself to cultivate growth. Just 15 minutes a day is almost always possible.
Details below for New 4 week Course beginning November 14th at Kuu London: Every Tuesday 6:15-7:30 pm
What is it?: A 4 week yoga course led by certified Mental Health Counsellor and yoga teacher, Kristin Crenshaw. This course will explore Hatha yoga and its three main components- Gentle Asana (poses), Pranayama (breathe control), and Deep Relaxation (mantra & meditation).
What will we do?: Each class will be formed of poses that help to align the body, create and open space for energy to flow, alleviate stress, lower blood pressure, & minimize emotional dysregulation such as anxiety and depression. We will explore the full potential of the breathe and its calming effect on the mind and body. We will use the breathe in unison with asanas & practice additional breathing techniques at the beginning or end of each class. We will explore deep relaxation thru elements of yoga nidra, meditation, and mantra recitation. All three components of Hatha yoga will come together to create an all-around self-soothing environment focused on your mental and physical health and well-being.
Course design: This course will include attention to mind-body awareness, mindfulness, & the yogic elements of the Koshas to better recognize how we understand ourselves and others & how can modify our yoga practice to reflect these elements. Using the Koshic model, we will pay attention to the body as a whole- the physical, energetic, conscious, unconscious, & bliss body. Touches of the basic cognitive behavioral therapy model, the & BREATHE ( Breathe, Reflect, Envision, Action, Transform, Heart, Energy) model will also be included. Each class will have its own theme, handouts, & a short time to journal or exchange ideas with others if desired.
Who is this class for: Anyone looking to dive deeper into yoga and connect yoga with their own personal mental health in a supportive & therapeutic environment.
Sign up for entire course (receive discount) or pop in for session!
Beginner Course at Kuu London- 5 weeks- Wednesday: 1-2 pm
What is it?: For total beginners or level 1 practitioners of yoga who wish to learn or revisit the basics- this class will explore fundamental elements of yoga including yoga theory and asanas (poses).
What will we do?: Elements will be broken down at a gentle pace and explained greater in depth. Pose adjustments will be offered, & each class will build upon the next. Class will be interactive with time given for questions or reflecting out loud.
Recommended to sign up for full course, since each class will be built upon the last. You can also pop in to a single session if you wish!
I find that lots of students come to yoga class seeking alleviation for mental health issues: most commonly, anxiety, depression, & insomnia. This is not surprising considering depression and anxiety effects roughly 1 in 5 adults. I too have struggled in the past, and now use yoga as a daily tool to maintain physical and mental health. While the research is not entirely conclusive, there is a lot to suggest that yoga and mental health are in fact connected.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (Vol. 48, No. 3), shows that “yoga targets unmanaged stress, a main component of chronic disorders such as anxiety, depression, obesity, diabetes and insomnia.”
It seems to do this by two main factors:
Often people experiencing emotional dysregulation feel physically immobilized or out of touch with their bodies (even perhaps having an “out of body” experience like you’re watching your own self). Instead of getting in a rat race within the mind of trying to analyze our feelings or solve a hundred problems at a time, mindfulness allows us to sit with the feeling or the sensation and simply take note of it without trying to change anything.
This practice alone tends to soothe ailments by telling the practitioner that he or she doesn’t have to try to “fix” everything. It allows the practitioner to create some space from the emotion or problem and later create a plan to tackle it with a clearer and more logical mind. Yoga and its propensity for mind-body awareness allows the individual to reconnect to the present moment. Most often you’ll find the present moment is not so bad.
Other points to note from the article in American Psychological Association:
American Psychological Association
Sunday 5:30 pm Slow Flow Yoga @ Kuu London; Lower Clapton Road; Hackney, London E5
Tuesday 4:30 pm Community Flow Yoga @ The Well Garden; Hackney Downs Studios; Hackney, London
Tuesday 6:30 pm Relaxing Restorative Flow @ Kuu London
Wednesday 10:30 am Hatha Flow @ Kuu London
Sunday @ Kuu :Slow Flow 5:30-6:30
Wednesday @ Kuu: Hatha Flow 10:30-11:30
Luna Flow and Restore 8-9:15
@Kuu London Wednesday 10:30 AM Women's Only Flow
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@Kuu London Wednesday 8 pm Lunar Flow- Restorative
@YogaBodyCentre Friday 10 am Dynamic Vinyasa Flow
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@Kuu London Friday 12 pm Friday Feeling Vinyasa Flow