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Befriending Anxiety

  • Dragonfly Yoga Sydenham 22-24 Sydenham Road London, England, SE26 5QW United Kingdom (map)

Price: £25 per person

This two-hour workshop will be led by performance anxiety specialist and professional pianist Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett, Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham, yoga teacher and wellness coach.

Anxiety can manifest in many different areas of our lives – we are currently battling an international anxiety epidemic, identified is the most common mental health issue along with depression. According to Anxiety UK, one in six of us are affected, and the Mental Health Foundation estimates that anxiety is among the primary drivers of disability worldwide. In personal as well as workplace and business settings, our busy schedules, fast-paced lives and the ways that we engage with digital technologies can create difficult situations, impacting our focus, productivity, sleep and ultimately our health. Additional pressures can be felt when we have to “perform” - whether we are giving a presentation, preparing for an interview, undergoing a professional review or facing a difficult conversation, there are proven methods that can help us feel more grounded and supported. In this challenging environment, it is more important than ever to take stock, address anxiety and rebalance.

Xenia Pestova Bennett is a performer and music coach with international experience who incorporates the latest research into health, wellbeing and yoga into her anxiety sessions. This workshop will give you access to a simple “toolkit” to enhance your wellbeing and reduce anxiety and stress in everyday situations. Xenia will work with the group to guide you through proven breathing techniques, focus exercises and gentle movement sequences incorporating elements of Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pranayama, Qi Gong and Mindfulness / Insight Meditation. During the workshop, you will revise and review the evolutionary biology of the anxiety mechanism and learn about the leading research on mindful engagement with technology to help understand, accept and befriend anxiety and take back control of your life. Yogis of all levels are welcome to attend - no prior experience or flexibility are required, although participants with experience will also have the opportunity to work on a deeper level

Earlier Event: August 17
Gong bath