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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Got Stress? Garden of the Heart Yoga Center Has Solutions

Nov 30, 2016 07:52PM

Stress is physiological––it affects the body, mind and heart. So does yoga, but in the opposite direction. While stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system––that “fight or flight” reaction–– yoga practices like asana, pranayama and meditation activate the parasympathetic nervous system which regulates blood flow, oxygen and adrenaline back to normal levels. 

Yogis regularly practice chanting OM,” relaxing in Savasana and breathing exercises. They practice the physical postures that optimally align the body posture. Regular practice allows the body to regulate itself in easy and comfortable situations, so that when life becomes challenging––like during the holidays or an election year––stress release is second nature. 

This month, Garden of the Heart is offering ways to release stress from both the holidays and this recent election. On December 3, 1–3 p.m., Harmony Ananda will lead a restorative, guided meditation Yoga Nidra practice. Students will lie down, supported on their mats to set their own intentions, release obstacles and relax completely. 

On December 25, 1–3 p.m., Eva Saunders will lead a Christmas Restorative Workshop. This is an opportunity to celebrate beauty, joy and unity through calming, quieting and relaxing yoga postures. Many poses will be supported by props and blankets and held for several minutes to allow a deep release of muscle tension. These special workshops are ideal giving yourself or a loved one the gift of relaxation. Both classes are suitable for all levels including beginners.   


Location: 2888 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Cost: $30 (props and mats provided). Wear comfortable clothing. For more information and to register, call 941-342-9781, email [email protected] or visit 






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