One to One Yoga for Anxiety and Stress with Louise
As well as being a yoga teacher Louise has over a decade of experience of working as a Counsellor in the UK, both as an in-house counsellor in GP surgeries and as a specialist Eating Disorders Counsellor in an NHS outpatient service. She has also worked as a student counsellor at the University of Liverpool and on placement at Victim Support. She has recently completed an Advanced Yoga For Trauma Training with the YogaRoom in Dublin as well as several other trainings in Yoga for stress, anxiety, and eating problems.
Louise has also experienced the effects of stress and anxiety for herself and as a teen she struggled with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.
Talking therapies were a big part of Louise’s own healing journey and she is a huge advocate of counselling and therapy for emotional issues. However, on beginning a regular yoga practise in 2008 she found that yoga provided her with a myriad of extremely helpful tools that can be used on a daily basis to help bring the mind and nervous system back to a place of calm. Many of these tools and techniques can be picked up over time from attending regular yoga classes, but Louise finds that working with clients on a one-to-one basis enables her to create a plan that is more geared towards the individuals needs.
“I had a 1:1 yoga session for stress and anxiety with Louise as I knew I was going down a slippery slope. I was nervous walking through the door but immediately Louise put me at ease.
I found Louise’s kindness, empathy and non judgement made it very easy to open up. On top of that I found her knowledge of the scientific reasons around why I was feeling the way I was incredibly reassuring.
I realised from the session how important it is to have deep connections in life but more importantly to remember to have self-compassion.
I would hand on heart recommend doing a 1:1 yoga session with Louise – it truly felt like I was coming out of a spa for my mind. I was physically and mentally more relaxed going home and that night I slept for 8 hours for the first time in weeks. Thank you Louise.”
Sessions can be arranged most days and weekends to suit – Louise: 086 362 7370
There are many different ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Yoga helps to de-stress you on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Regular practice will empower you to release stress quicker and regain a deeper sense of calm, balance and happiness in your life.
Yoga offers a holistic approach to dealing with stress. Yoga exercises, breathing techniques and relaxation all have positive effects on your mind, body and spirit.
Erratic breathing patterns frequently accompany stressful physical responses, therefore yogic breathing exercises can help to calm your nervous system and increase oxygen levels and blood supply to the internal organs, all of which leads to a deeper sense of calm, inner peace and balance. Learning how to breathe correctly is a wonderful skill you can use anytime during the day when you feel overwhelmed, confused and anxious.
Yoga promotes self-awareness at the level of the individual muscles. Many people are unaware of the full extent of muscle tension within their bodies.
Unfortunately, runaway muscle tension can lead to persistent aches, pain, and emotional agitation. Yoga postures are designed to release energy, constructively.
Yogic awareness, stretching, relaxing, and strengthening of the muscles will allow you to first notice the problem area and then to release the tensions you are holding there. Once these blockages are released energy can more easily flow through the body; so you have more energy and vitality to cope with demanding tasks.
It has also been noted that those, who regularly participate in a structured Yoga session, have lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is one of the body’s responses to stress, and it has been recorded that individuals reporting less stress have lower cortisol levels.
Meditation and Yoga Nidra techniques deepen your experience of relaxation and rest. During meditation and deep relaxation your body undergoes certain physiological effects which counteract the negative effects of stress; your brain activity slows down as there is an increase in alpha brain wave activity and your heartbeat and breathing rate slow down and blood lactate levels drop.
Contact Louise on 086 362 7370
Anxiety and stress management techniques including gentle physical exercises, breathing techniques and guided relaxation.
Click here for our article on how yoga helps with stress levels.