PART 1 - Sunday, April 15 from 1:00–2:30pm
Stress Management: Proper Breathing
Stress has become a fact of life. Proper breathing is a simple and effective method to relieve stress.
Breath is life. We can live for days without food or water but deprive us of breath and we die in minutes. In view of this, it is astonishing how little attention we pay in normal life to the importance of breathing correctly. To a Yogi there are two main functions of proper breathing: to bring more oxygen to the blood and thus to the brain; and to control prāṇa or vital energy, leading to the control of the mind.
There are three main types of breathing: abdominal (deep), chest (middle), and clavicular (shallow) breathing. A full Yogic breath combines all three, beginning with a deep breath and continuing the inhalation through the intercostal and clavicular areas. Deep abdominal breathing is essential for ventilating the major part of the lungs.
Cultivate awareness to monitor your energy level throughout the day. In this workshop, learn simple breathing techniques to effectively support regulation of stress in your system.
Please join us. Wear comfortable clothes. Proper breathing opens a new way to live your daily life.
PART 2 - Sunday, April 29 from 1:00–2:30pm
Stress Management: Proper Relaxation
To control and balance body and mind, it is necessary to use the body’s energy efficiently. This is the main motivation for learning how to relax.
Relaxation doesn’t come easy...
In our modern world, many people find it difficult to relax or to conserve energy while working. By keeping muscles in a constant state of readiness, we expend a lot more energy than we would if we used only those muscles needed for the job at hand. Unnecessary physical and mental tension uses up great amounts of energy, even in periods of rest, and wastes a huge amount of our vital energy.
Have you ever returned from a vacation feeling exhausted? It can happen, despite the fact that our body produces a surplus of energy each day, enough to last us for the next day. The problem is that negative emotions like anger or irritability can deplete these energy stores in just a few minutes.
Perfect relaxation with yoga
The yoga practice replenishes the energy stores of the body. That’s why you never feel drained after a yoga class. Instead, you feel charged up with positive energy. At the end of the yoga class is ‘deep relaxation’. In this state, only a very small amount of life energy (prana) is used, just enough to maintain vital metabolic activities. The rest of the energy is stored. This deep relaxation includes three levels: physical, mental and spiritual relaxation. Complete or perfect relaxation is possible only when all three levels are involved. So a few minutes of yoga relaxation can recharge us more effectively—and give much more inner peace—than several hours of restless sleep.
During this workshop, you will learn simple relaxation techniques aimed at managing your stress levels. Join us to experience a beautiful way to relax that you can encorporate in your daily routine. Please wear comfortable clothes.
Bhavani is a Staff Member at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. Before coming to the Yoga Farm in the summer of 2017, Bhavani served as Staff in the Center in New York City and at the Ashram in Dalat, Vietnam. Her heart is going to bring peace and the teaching of classical Yoga to people of all faiths and different backgrounds. She is very interested to bring Ease, Joy and Peace to people in busy urban environments.