Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout – Teachers’ & Trainees Workshop
Modern stress patterns and postural habits often have us curling into ourselves and shutting down the fronts of our bodies. This tightness and tension can be the cause of many lower back, hip, belly and breathing issues and keep us in 'constant alert' mode. We will explore softening, loosening and fluidity to help release and create new patterns.
Type of Event
Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of fatigue, anxiety, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease. Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allowing heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe.
Burnout is a term used to describe the emotional and physical collapse that can occur after long-term or chronic stress. At this point where the mind-body is on 'constant alert', teachers need to be able to guide and hold a sense of safety and stillness so that the student can be with intense sensations without exacerbating reactive tendencies.
In this workshop for yoga teachers (or trainees) we will explore how psycho-social stress – the 'neck-up', ruminating stress we tend to in modern societies – can affect all students and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. We will explore how to teach yoga in a way which is effective, gentle and appropriate to the individual with stressed body systems, their particular responses, energetics, mind-sets and postural considerations. Grounding, mindful and somatic work will be explored to help you promote healing, energy and positive change in your teaching.
Detailed notes will be provided, so that time can be spent practicing the applications and developing your teaching skills for these types of classes. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed to makes notes and for reflection.
The themes will be woven throughout the day, both in discussion and experientially:
The physiology of stress and how it manifests in the physical body
The experience of the student with chronic stress and burnout
Considerations of teaching to students with mind-body stress
In particular we will cover:
The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people's needs on an individual level.
Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets, to let go of unhelpful samskaras from modern world conditionings.
Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!
Mindfulness (and within physical practice) to help 'anchor in the moment', 'pacing' and the 'doing less-is-more' approach.
Observing signs of stress and how to respond