A workshop with Lynn Fraser
We all know intuitively we would enjoy life, be more relaxed and healthier if we could restore calm and balance in our system. Have you, a friend or family member been formally diagnosed with a mental health issue? 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems in their lifetime and the World Health Organization (WHO) lists depression as the 4th largest health problem world wide.
Anxiety and depression affect behavior, thoughts, emotions and physical health. Anxiety may arise in response to a real event or become an anxiety disorder which produces chronic fear or distress out of proportion to a situation.
Depression infiltrates all levels of our being. People who become depressed often experience fatigue, lethargy, sleep disturbances, digestive issues, and decreased pleasure.
People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may experience a combination of anxiety and depression along with other troubling symptoms such as flashbacks and a highly reactive, hypervigilant nervous system.
In this practical workshop, we learn and practice simple breathing and deep relaxation. These are practices proven to decrease cortisol, increase feel-good hormones, regulate the endocrine system and stimulate the vagus nerve. They calm the sympathetic nervous system while activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation response). They elevate mood, balance right and left brain function, cultivate equanimity, and release repressed emotions stored in the body. Mindfulness along with working skilfully with thought and the mind help us to see things as they are without misperception, ruminating or obsessive negative thinking.
Participants will leave with guided practices and tools to assist in deep and lasting transformation. Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge or skills are required.