A growing body of evidence suggests that contemplative practices such as yoga and meditation may be effective at treating anxiety, depression and addiction. Indeed, yoga, through engaging the attention networks in the frontal lobe, is a form of self-regulation that can inhibit and regulate activity in brain areas, including the amygdala, that are associated with the fear and stress-responses that stimulate what we call anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors.
This series will focus on learning yogic tools—breath, mantra, and movement—that can travel with you through your day and deliver up a dose of calmness or elevation as needed to keep you steady. We will look at anxiety, cold depression (when the external demand is greater than the internal capacity to deliver and we have spent our reserves) and ways to unknot the ropes of addiction, whether to substances, food, spending, gaming or any of the ways we distract ourselves.
Tuesdays (March 24- April 14)6-7:30pm