Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Frontline Wellness: Summer 2014

I'm excited to be able to announce this summer's modules of my Frontline Wellness: Yoga for Care Providers!  We will be meeting for four separate modules, each focusing on a specific skill.  

As a care provider you know just how rewarding it is to work in the helping professions.  You also know how challenging it is.  Frontline Wellness is a program specifically designed to meet the challenges you face, so that you are able to thrive personally and enjoy the rewards
of your work.

This summer's Frontline Wellness workshops are being offered as four
individual 2 hour modules.  They will run from 11am to 1pm on Sundays
out of HeartStream Yoga .  You may come to one, or plan on all four.
Each session costs $30.  Preregistration is appreciated, but not

Each module will cover one portable, practical, applicable yoga
wellness skill.  Each of the techniques we will cover are simple to
integrate into your day without taking lots of time out from the
people you care for professionally or from your personal life.
Self-care doesn't have to be just another item on your to-do list.

Absolutely no experience with yoga is required!

All that is necessary is your presence.  If you have a colleague or a
friend within the helping professions who looks a little stressed,
invite them along!  Anyone of any age and background can learn and
benefit from these wellness practices.

Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a water bottle or a mug of tea.

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Do the statistics about career longevity in your field scare you?

Have you seen collegues and co-workers burn out and leave their jobs?

Do you ever feel like work-food-sleep is all you can manage in a 24
hour period?

What would it be like if you offered yourself the same unconditional
care you offer your patients or clients?

Do you feel like you're losing touch with the reason you began the
work in the first place?

Do you find yourself too run down in your off time to focus on things
that bring you joy?

Do you feel like you need to sleep for a whole day in order to be
ready for the next shift?

Did you laugh at the last person who asked you what you're doing for self-care?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, I hope you'll join me for this summer's Frontline Wellness modules.
May 18th : Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
This module is everyone's favorite! "The class where we took a nap" is a tried and true way to let go of stress.  It is a reset for a tired or fried nervous system.  Restorative yoga is the practice of gentle physical poses, supported by props and blankets, that are specifically
designed to soothe the nervous system and restore depeleted energy. Yoga Nidra is a practice of dynamic relaxation that has been shown to be clinically effective in reducing stress. Take a look here and here for information about the practice of Yoga Nidra.

June 29th: Breath and the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Learn practical, portable breathing techniques which the yoga tradition calls pranayama.  These breath practices allow you to choose to move out of the stress response of the sympathetic nervous system and into the relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system.  These simple exercises can be integrated into your daily routine, done while on the job or meeting with a challenging patient. You can even share them with your clients!

July 20th: Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz-word these days... because it works! You see mindfulness based approaches to living with cancer and chemo, to birthing, to just about any sort of life challenge we experience. Why not integrate mindfulness into the challenges of your daily life as a care provider?  Mindfulness is a technique to cultivate capacity and resiliency, so we are better able to manage stress and experience joy.
Meditation practice does not require a 3 day zen retreat.  All you need is a few minutes and a willingness to focus the mind.  As the mind learns the techniques of meditation, you are better able to focus
on the task or patient at hand, the endless to-do lists begin to actually seem manageable, and you find that you don't get tired as easily.  After her first time meditating, one of my students said she felt "a different kind of control" in her life.

August 24th: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Due to popular demand....  this module will be offered twice this summer!  Let these simple, gentle, and absolutely refreshing practices give you the restful ease you need. One of last years participants says "I find yoga nidra is absolutely essential for rejuvenation and relaxation.  Jasmine's gentle calm and soothing voice and presence helps me melt away accumulated stress and calm my jumpy nervous system.  [It] allows me to sleep better, think more clearly and experience more love and joy in life.  It fills my cup!"
Take a look here and here to find out more about the practice of yoga Nidra.

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