Yoga for Balancing Moods - A Woman's Guide to Emotional Well-being

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Class Length:
Two One Hour Sessions Plus Yoga Practice Video
All Levels
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Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe Linda Sparrowe has a long and varied career as a writer, editor, speaker, and mentor in the holistic healing arena, with a special emphasis on women’s health. As the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine and past managing editor of Yoga Journal, Linda has been instrumental in...

Just because you experience monthly mood swings, rage and cry at the end of a long-term relationship, or occasionally feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by the sheer magnitude of your responsibilities, it doesn’t mean you’re clinically depressed or have an anxiety disorder. These emotional ups-and-downs may simply be your body’s way of getting you to pay attention to what’s going on and to do something about it. However, when they happen more frequently or begin to affect your ability to work, play, love, and otherwise take care of yourself, disordered moods can manifest as a more serious physiological imbalance that impacts us on every level of our being. Your body is now shouting, “Listen to me! We have a problem.”

As women, we are more prone to depression (two times more likely) and anxiety (three times more likely) than a man. How did we get so lucky? We can blame some of that disparity on—you guessed it—hormonal fluctuations, particularly during childbirth and perimenopause. Other reasons include a stronger genetic predisposition to mood imbalances and an inclination to ruminate. Yoga teachings suggest that we suffer—neurologically, physiologically, and emotionally—when we become disconnected from our true nature; when the relationship between our bodies and our minds becomes fractured or fraught. It helps to view yoga as a tonic, which means it can provide whatever you need to come back into balance: feeling agitated? yoga calms; deflated? yoga uplifts. 

In this two-part course, Linda takes a deeper look into why and how yoga actually does all that. And, most important, gives us all practical ways—on and off the mat—to release the physical and energetic blockages that interfere with our innate well-being; and to help us move from sadness to joy and from separation to connection.

What You Will Learn:

  • Why me? Seven reasons why women are more prone to depression/anxiety than men

  • What’s happening in the body—physiologically (focusing on the nervous system and the endocrine system)

  • What’s happening in the body/mind—subtle anatomy of yoga

  • Why yoga works: from a Western perspective

  • Why yoga works: from the ancients’ perspective

  • How yoga can help you reconnect to your true nature

  • Practical ways to feel better—through morning rituals, simple breathing techniques, connection, prayer

  • How to create a home practice that makes sense 

This Premium Course Also Includes These Great Bonuses!

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a 35-minute yin/yang asana practice. that Linda will create for this course. It will include yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation designed to balance the whole body, particularly the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of both webinar sessions (both MP3 and MP4), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Webinar Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 2.5 non-contact hour CEUs with Yoga Alliance.