Seasonal yoga retreats are held over a weekend and start at 8:30am on Saturdays and finish at 5:00pm on Sundays. You may attend just one day.
Stress Relief Days start at 8:30am and finish at 6:00pm. It includes both Functional Hatha and Yin Yoga physical practices, as well as meditation and breathing practices and finishes with an hour long Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep).
Vegetarian Food is included in the cost of these.
Why Yoga for Stress Relief?
Dating back over 5,000 years, yoga is considered by many to be the oldest defined practice of self-development. The methods of classical yoga include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breathing control, and meditation. Traditionally an Eastern practice, it’s now becoming popular in the West. In fact, many companies, especially in Britain, are seeing the benefits of yoga, recognizing that relaxed workers are healthier and more creative, and are sponsoring yoga fitness programs.
Many studies have found that a little yoga in the morning, at night, or even on a lunch break, can minimize stress and increase productivity. It is believed that yoga is so effective for stress relief because, aside from the physical benefits that yoga brings, it encourages a good mood, an increase in mindfulness, and a healthy dose of self-compassion.
Stress-Relief Techniques Involved in Yoga
Many of the popular techniques found to reduce stress derive from yoga:
- Controlled breathing
- Physical movement
- Mental imagery
Yoga, which derives its name from the word, “yoke”—to bring together—does just that, bringing together the mind, body, and spirit. But whether you use yoga for spiritual transformation or for stress management and physical well-being, the benefits are numerous.