Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we are taking care of our physical and mental health, as most of us are being called to stay home during this global crisis. There are an array of ways we can do this and hopefully you already have your self-care checklist to get you through these times. I would like to offer you another item for that list: an at-home yoga practice. I am excited to share that I now have THREE different ways you can practice with me from the comfort of your home, whether live or on your own time:
Yoga for Mental Health is a new yoga video series unlike any you've seen before! Each episode explores a nuanced, but commonplace, mental health experience (i.e., negative self-talk, racing thoughts) using a physical yoga practice with actual therapeutic activities that I (and other therapists!) use as a psychotherapist. A new episode is released on the first of every month and only costs 0.99 US$! Trust me, to exercise your body and your mind is well worth the cost ;)
Every Sunday morning, I teach Restorative Yoga on Instagram Live from 11-11:45am EST. Each class is created to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and deactivate your sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The SNS is the "fight or flight" system that gets activated when you feel threatened. Many of us are living in an activated SNS state during this global crisis, essentially a constant state of anxiety. The PNS is responsible for feelings of calm and relaxation and is nicknamed the "rest and digest" system. Each class begins with a breathing exercise followed by a mixture of restorative poses and gentle "mini-flows" and ends with a guided meditation.
Since I am now working from home full-time and all the local yoga studios are closed, my yoga practice is 100% at home. On my YouTube channel, I've uploaded my own personal practices and past live classes in case you missed them. Check out one of the vinyasa practices, RELEASE:
Remember, you can also always schedule a virtual private yoga session with me. In a private session, you get one-on-one attention where we build a practice that meets your needs, experience, and goals. It is a place of safety and non-judgment. Contact me with any questions or concerns!