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Yoga for Stress Relief

occurs on: Fridays from Aug 4th & Saturdays from Sept 2nd
time: Fri 12:00 - 1pm Sat 11:15-12:15
**Fully Booked** A free to access 18 week course divided into 3 blocks specifically designed for anyone experiencing one or more of the following challenges, which of course are often inter-related:-
Chronic stress, chronic pain (including endometriosis and menopause related pain), ME, additional sensory needs or anxiety.
You do not need a diagnosis of any of these challenges in order to be welcomed onto the course. If you have a different long term illness and would like to discuss suitability please get in touch.

This course is focused on relaxing the body and mind and befriending the body.

Emma has a great deal of experience of working with people with long term and complex conditions. This course will support you in relaxing the body through yogic breathing, postural techniques, self-massage and gentle rhythmic movements that everyone is able to do in your own way. These techniques help to switch nervous system dominance from sympathetic (fight/flight) to parasympathetic (rest/digest) to allow muscles to relax, the breath to deepen, and digestive system to work effectively. From there we can start to engage in movements that feel safe.

The course is structured as follows:-
Weeks 1 to 6: - Yoga for the nervous system: Movements, breathing and meditation techniques to dial down the nervous system.
Weeks 7-12:- 8 Limbed Yoga Beginners Course: Standing postures explored slowly and with the breath to allow muscular and mental tension to ease, so we can find space and strength in the body.
Weeks 13-18:- Self-Paced Yoga: Building on the first 12 weeks, everybody now gets to explore the practice at their own pace with the personal one to one guidance of the teacher/. This enables everybody to work at a pace and depth that feels good to them on a particular day and empowers you to practice at home too.

Class Times: 60minutes
The course will start in August. There will also be a Saturday course starting later in the year, if you would like to register your interest for the Saturday course email Emma

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund
We are very grateful to the National Lottery for funding this course and to all who buy Lottery tickets for making this possible.

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. Often referred to as 'Preston's yoga teacher' I am honoured to teach yoga to 150-200 people every week!

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, Lucy Crawford-Scott 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 350hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept, Aerial Yoga

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