Every Thursday, 22nd October to 26th November 2020 at 6:30 to 7:45 pm (six weekly 75-minute masterclasses)
Limited spaces available
Online masterclass via Zoom
During the last few month, life has changed for us all – the fear and the anxiety about us or our loved ones falling ill, the hard task of recovering from the virus, the threat to our livelihoods, the uncomfortable and constant feelings of uncertainty and worry about the future, the boredom and loneliness and grief, the constant negativity coming from the news and social media.
All of these problematic feelings and constant attacks are paralysing and overwhelming and make us feel unable to cope. They might also be added to an existing mental health condition and make it worse.
The effects of feeling stressed and anxious are all too familiar: sleeping trouble, anxiety, and mental health complications. Others are less obvious in the short term but equally critical: reduced nervous system function, weaken immune system, along with long term risks of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
But in difficult times, it is essential to remember that it is understandable to feel like this and that everyone experiences and copes with stress and anxiety in different ways and eventually these painful feelings will pass. We can help ourselves along the road to recovery with the aid of yoga and its teachings.
During this six-week course, you will learn a series of coping tools to help you look after yourselves and others in this difficult time.
Laurent will guide you through a range of techniques and exercises that combine gentle bodywork, breathwork, meditation and mindfulness to give you greater control over mind, body and breath.
You will learn new and effective ways to soothe your stress and anxiety. Upon leaving the course, you will be equipped with the skills you need to keep your minds as peaceful as possible.
The course is not designed to diagnose any mental health issues, nor to replace help from mental health professionals or medication, but instead can be seen as a complementary addition.
This clear and down to earth course is targeted at anyone who has an existing diagnosis of mild to moderate anxiety or anyone who feels they could benefit from learning useful, simple and safe techniques to support their mental and physical wellbeing. You do not need to be a yoga practitioner or to have prior knowledge about breathwork and meditation to take part in this course.
At the end of each masterclass, you will receive handouts and recordings for you to carry on using these empowering and supportive tools at home and to aid further practice.
For six weeks, participants will meet with Laurent once a week for a 75-minute class.
Each week will be centred on different themes to provide a holistic way to deal with anxiety and stress.
Some topics and themes:
- How to identify stress and anxiety – learning the difference between tension and relaxation.
- How to use breathwork and pranayama to alter the functioning of our nervous system and to connect with our breath.
- How to find balance and build stress resilience.
- Introduction to mindfulness: meditations to reduce the fluctuations and agitations of the mind by being present in the moment.
- Grounding, feeling safe and finding stability.
- Deep relaxation techniques in aid of calm and restfulness.
Study hours & timescale
Thursday 22nd – 29th October – 5th – 12th – 19th – 26th November 2020
6:30 to 7:45 pm.
Weekly 7-minute masterclass for 6 hours.
Online master class via Zoom
Please be ready for the workshop:
- Note paper and pen.
- Yoga mat, blanket, 1 x bolster or big cushion, block or a big book any additional props that you might need to support your practice: extra cushions for your head or when you lie down, a chair to sit on or to lean on if you can’t go on the floor.
- For health and safety, make sure that you are practicing in a wide space, away from any furniture or object who might cause injuries.
- Please note that it is necessary that you contact Laurent directly and let him know about any health issues, ailments, pregnancy or about anything else that you think needs to mentioned.
Senior yoga teacher Laurent Roure is a mindful yoga and somatics practitioner. He studies and works at the Minded Institute, a specialist centre for yoga therapy for mental health. He also studies meditation with Alexander Filmer Lorch and pranayama and therapeutic breathwork within the system of Swami Gitananda. He is an accredited teacher with a specialisation in yoga therapy for anxiety and stress and yoga for cancer.
His breathwork and pranayama, yoga nidra CPD courses are used by many yoga teachers, therapists and healthcare professionals.
He is accredited as a senior teacher and a trainer with Yoga Alliance Professional UK.