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Yoga for Anxiety: Phoenix Rising

occurs on: Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
Free 4 week course starting August 11th
A free to access beginner-friendly course ideal for anyone with anxiety. This is a very gentle and welcoming course introducing you to yoga postures and breathing techniques to help you to manage anxiety.

In this yoga course you will learn yoga movements that are beginner-friendly, relaxing breathing techniques, stress and anxiety coping techniques, guided meditation relaxations and you will receive access to videos and recordings of relaxation techniques to support your learning.

There are six sessions in total. One online session taken in your own time in the week on 4th August, four in-person sessions held at Mandala and an optional Field Trip retreat day near Lancaster on September 2nd.

This course is funded through the Phoenix Rising Social Prescribing project funded by the National Academy of Social Prescribing and Arts Council Thriving Communities fund.

A free to access course that combines gentle beginner-friendly yoga postures with relaxing breathing and guided relaxing meditation.

Is this class suitable for beginners?

Yes, the postures are very clearly explained and are beginner-friendly. You don't need to have experienced yoga before.

Do I need to be flexible or fit?

No, you do need to be able to sit on the floor and get back up again fairly easily, but this is a very gentle class focused on helping you to feel relaxed and calm and to help you learn techniques to manage anxiety.

What should I wear and bring?

Wear something you are comfortable stretching in, for example leggings, joggers or shorts and a t-shirt or vest top. We will be bare footed for the movement part of the class and can wear socks for the relaxation - so no need for trainers.

If you have a yoga mat please bring it, but if you do not have one please let us know and we will quarantine one for your use.

Is this class free to access?

Yes, this class is funded by the Thriving Communities Fund with the support of Arts Council, Sport England, Natural England and Lancashire Recovery College.

Where is this class and is there parking?

We are at Mandala. 18 Derby Street, Preston, PR1 1DT. There is free parking on the roads outside the venue and we around the corner from Preston bust station.

How do I book this class?

You can book via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155634949323

What do I do when I arrive for class?

Take your shoes off and leave them in the storage spaces and head to the small room opposite the shoe storage and take a seat. The teacher will come and say hi and have a chat with you, make you feel welcome and let you know what to do.

about the Teacher

Emma Lowther-Wright: Studio Director

Hi, I'm Emma and I am very fortunate to have been trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga by world-renowned John Scott. John is one of the key teachers who brought Ashtanga yoga from India to Europe.

I am dedicated to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson and Greg Nardi.

I teach with an emphasis on clear communication, empowerment, joy and compassion. I am especially interested in the neuroscience of yoga, how yoga can release physically held mental and emotional tension and how yoga can help us to live with greater joy, confidence and ease.

As well as studio classes I work within the community teaching in workplaces and education settings and to members of our community with physical and mental health challenges including those with deafness, who use a wheelchair and have cognitive challenges.

My classes are heart-lifting, empowering, flowing dances to the rhythm of the breath. I share movement and meditation practices with kindness, encouragement and joy - I hope to welcome you to a class soon.
RYT 200hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept

I am only fairly recent to the studio and to Emma as a teacher but wow what a difference it has made to my week each week and my well-being overall. I look forward to my classes and feel amazing after.

Emma is so kind and helpful  coaxing you to push a little further and increase your practice, making it more enjoyable and giving your a stronger basis. The yoga in the park during the pandemic was a life line and such a beautiful idea I almost sad to go back to a studio. We laugh, practice and most of all enjoy the moment. I recommend this school and teacher wholeheartedly ......”  Anna

Wow - what a difference!

Emma is a wonderful teacher, patient, carefully explains and has a natural flow which provides for an excellent practice experience. Inspiring - a definite recommendation for Preston and local participants. Philip

An oasis of calm and presence

Yoga for anxiety was the only thing that has really helped me in a long time. I was at my wits end when I started. My family noticed the dramatic change after a few weeks. My family said it is the most emotionally stable that they have seen me in 10 years.


I have practiced yoga with many teachers but have learnt so much from Emma. Her explanations are very clear and really help me to get more from each posture and my practice. I always feel wonderful after her yoga classes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Emma. Pauline

Learnt so much

Emma is a fabulous and very authentic yoga teacher. She has a really thorough knowledge of yoga and the human body and she applies this in a way that is appropriate to every individual in the class to help us to get the most from each posture. She seems to know exactly what will work with each person. My flexibility and breath have really improved since I started studying with Emma. Steven

Fabulous Yoga Teacher

Emma is an excellent teacher with a deep understanding of yoga and ability to teach at all levels. Her style is very welcoming and I enjoy her classes very much. Sarah T

Deep Understanding of Yoga

Emma teaches yoga in such a way that she makes us feel like we are always good enough and always beautiful. In person or online. My classes always leave me feeling wonderful

Makes me feel beautiful

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