Gentle Yoga for Stress Relief by Cyndi Roberts

Overview

Welcome and congratulations on starting this program! As you commit to your practice, you are taking control of your health and learning valuable tools to reduce your daily stress level.

You will learn:
  • What the stress response actually is
  • What causes stress in your life and how to identify internal and external stressors
  • 5 and 1/2 hours of one-of-a-kind gentle and restorative yoga sequences mindfully crafted to specifically reduce stress levels and increase well-being. Perfect for beginners and advanced yogis. (Plenty of modifications offered)
  • Mindfulness, deep relaxation and body awareness meditations
  • Guided meditations and techniques to focus the mind during each of the yoga practices
  • Information about the chakra energy system and how to create balance within these storehouses
  • 4 pranayamas (breathing exercises) to turn on the relaxation response and focus the mind. Each exercise matches the theme for the week
  • 4 mantras to focus the mind on peace. Mantras also match the theme for the week
  • Weekly journal questions to get you to the root causes of stressors in your life
  • Bonus contemplation questions that bring awareness to potential hidden areas of stress
  • How to shift your relationship with stress so you become more at ease with the difficulties in life

Lifetime access to this program will guide you along your journey as frequently as you like. You can take this program as many times as you need. Keep in mind, this program has the potential to show you different insights at different stages of your life.

We will begin each week on Monday, with a mantra. This mantra matches the theme of the week and helps with focusing the mind. Use this mantra at any time, especially when you feel stress come on. You can practice seated, standing, lying down or while you’re waiting in line, driving or doing chores.

You then have access to yoga and pranayama practices and can practice as frequently as you like.

To journey deeper into limited beliefs and thought patterns that may be holding you in a state of stressful thinking, I offer journal and bonus contemplation questions for the week. Being honest with yourself as you answer these questions in your journal, will help reveal insights and bring awareness to areas of your life that create stress. If you want to get the most out of this program, I suggest journaling each day, keeping the questions in mind all week. Take note and pinpoint areas of stress in your life.

Every seven days for four weeks, you’ll receive access to a new week’s work of content. Once you’ve completed the program, you’ll have complete access to all content and be able to revisit it as you wish, in whatever order you like.

The natural state of the body is ease

The body intuitively knows how to heal itself if we clear the stress and give it the space to do so. Reclaiming a positive mind-body connection will combat stress with the antidote of relaxation and ease.

We use breath and body awareness to shift the focus away from the busyness of mind.

Getting to know yourself will set you free

When we clear stress from our minds and bodies, we allow the body to reset. We redirect energy to healing rather than stress. When we’re stressed, our body cortisol and adrenalin levels rise, as we wait to react to threats.

This program shines a light on some of the “threats” the mind is trying to defend itself against. Even the treats that aren’t real. When we shine the light of awareness on our stressors, we may find that some are made from a negative or stressful belief system we have developed to cope.

With the help of this program, you can identify external and internal stressors. In doing so, you’ll be able to change old reactions, thought patterns and body memory. With practice, you will shift from stress to peace.

Teach your body to relax

When we practice yoga and pranayama—specifically the exercises in this program—we are in essence telling the body and nervous system to relax. We turn on “rest and digest” mode, gradually turning off the stress response in the body.

The more frequently we practice, the more benefit we will see. The brain, body and nervous system have a remarkable ability to change. This program allows us to tap into the natural potential for change so we begin to feel better.

If you are starting this program, you are most likely suffering from high levels of stress. These high stress levels are seeping into all areas of your life and you may feel like there is no escape from it. Or perhaps there are brief moments of relief, but they are fleeting. The stress can be underlying, blocking your joy or seemingly insignificant things drain or overwhelm you. It’s time to look at those areas of life causing stress and gently invite in change.

I want you to know that the chronic stress and anxiety you feel can be turned around. But first, we must establish a baseline for where you are now.

You may have been feeling this stress for month, years or even decades. Gently accept that how you feel at this moment is a practiced vibration—a habit that your body has been used to for some time. Your body and mind are very comfortable here. It’s time to get out of that comfort of stress and turn things around in a peaceful direction.

Shifting momentum

Imagine a wheel spinning in one direction. It has momentum in that direction and it would be impossible to instantly stop the wheel and go just as fast in the opposite direction.

The wheel must first slow down, stop, change direction and build speed.

In essence, that’s what this program is: slowing the current momentum of high stress and anxiety and pivoting you into the direction of relaxation and ease. Rather than stress being the “default”, peace and ease become your new baseline.

This program’s purpose is to gently guide the body and mind away from this habit and cycle of stress, anxiety, negativity, illness and disease. It is meant to bring the body back into balance.

Practicing these exercises will shift the body back into rest and digest mode—the body’s true and natural state—melting away the high stress response. Stress will no longer spill into each area of your life. Instead, feeling better will. The ups and downs of life will become more manageable and you can bounce back quicker from bumps in the road.

Boost immune function, strengthen the body-mind connection, learn body awareness, mindfulness and the healing power of living in the present moment. Relief from stress is possible. And closer than you think.

Come into the present moment

When the nervous system calms, the immune system and organs function optimally. The mind quiets and we tap into the present moment, where healing truly occurs—and where our lives happen. Life never exists beyond the present. Unclouded by stress, we are able to truly enjoy life, find our unique purpose, live creatively with health, joy, love, confidence, ease and inner peace.

We find vitality for life and well-being, which connects us to our divine energy reserve. This energy reserve can now be directed toward healing and vitality rather than being drained by being constantly on high-alert and on the defense. The more we breathe and remain present, the more alive we feel. We let our miraculous bodies heal themselves, boost energy levels and enhance our emotional state as we find balance all areas of our lives.

 
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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~Buddha~