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Embrace Stress in NEW weekly class

If you live and breathe on planet Earth, regardless of age, you have experienced stress. As many as 4.3 million American adults who work full time have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past 12 months according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sometimes numbers alone don't paint a picture that we can all relate to. So to put that in perspective, the data suggests that anxiety is nearly eight times more prevalent in the U.S. than all forms of cancer.

Despite evidence that anxiety is common, it's a disorder that most agree has a stigma attached; and research suggests that fear of judgment can prevent people from seeking treatment. Those who do seek treatment within the Western medical model are presented a prescription for a drug with addictive potential that calms the symptoms of anxiety without addressing the roots of the issue. 

A quick look at the Five Kosha Model reveals that the imbalance of the nervous system labeled chronic stress/anxiety does not exist only in the physical body, therefore, treating only the body will never return the human organism to a state of balance. It is only through accessing the more subtle layers of being that we can potentially unravel the root of our fears.

Physician and author, Lissa Rankin, believes our entire culture suffers from "soul loss," a loss of meaning, vitality, purpose, identity and genuine connection; a deep unhappiness that most of us have accepted as ordinary living. What makes soul loss so subtle and dangerous is that very few people realize it has happened to them. Western allopathic medicine has no framework for this kind of diagnosis and often it ends up mistreated. We place a bandage on a wound that's not healing underneath.

Couple soul loss with chronic overstimulation and anxiety, and we have a formula for disconnection as a means of survival. If this image is familiar, what's the next step?

The Five Kosha Model identifies the human organism into five distinct layers: the physical body, energetic body, emotional body, wisdom body and spiritual body. Yoga and meditation offer tools to access each layer of being and release stuck energy manifesting as stress. The first step is education; learning the distinctive components of each layer of being and understanding how stress and anxiety affect the systems of the physical body. The next step is to begin learning and practicing the many tools yoga and meditation offer to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to restore energy and facilitate a sense of calm. With practice, we can grow more aware of the sensations in our bodies, breath and emotions that alert us to escalating stress and confidently choose meditative practices to build resiliency.

stressBeginning Tuesday, August 25 (6:45-7:45 pm), the yoga lounge will offer a weekly yoga and meditation class designed to educate students on where and how stress manifests in every level of being and introduce movement and breathing patterns to dissipate tension and build awareness. Can you find a gap wide enough in your ego to create positive change? End the cycle of flight (avoidance), fight (anger) and freeze (worry) to improve quality of life and address the roots of anxiety. Drop-ins welcome $15; suitable for any age or level of ability.

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