For today’s post, I want to share a stressbusting workshop I recorded live on my Facebook page last night

Stress is a huge global problem.  It causes devastating health problems, great unhappiness, relationship problems and so much more.  And the most frustrating part of the stress epidemic is that is it entirely man made.  Stress is a natural bodily response, but the massive amounts of stress that we are under as a society and individuals within that society are created by the society.

Stress is a natural bodily response, but the massive amounts of stress that we are under as a society and individuals within that society are created by the society.  We live in an economy that NEEDS us to constantly think that we are not and do not have enough in order to keep spending money on things that we are told will make us feel and be better.  Income inequality, also a product of the economy we live in, puts many people across the world in daily survival mode when others have more than they could consume in 10 lifetimes. Work

We live in an economy that NEEDS us to constantly think that we are not and do not have enough in order to keep spending money on things that we are told will make us feel and be better.  Income inequality, also a product of the economy we live in, puts many people across the world in daily survival mode when others have more than they could consume in 10 lifetimes. Job insecurity and unhappiness sees many people fearful for their livelihood on a daily basis, worried how they will provide for their families in a world in which prices rise as wages fall for the majority.

Stress accounted or 45% of working days lost in the UK in 2015/16, resulting in 11.7 million working days lost in all.  I suspect that this figure is probably far higher, as there will be conditions that people will have cited as the cause of their sick days, such as migraine, musculoskeletal problems and digestive issues that would not necessarily have been seen as stress related, but which may well have been.

In the workshop, I talk more about this, and the impact on stress on health and wellbeing, then share how practices and principles of Yoga can help.  I talk about the postures, of course, and how the physical aspects of Yoga can really help to shift tension and stress.  I talk, at great length (my pet topic) about the way that we can use the breath to reduce stress and calm the body and mind. I also talk about the lesser known aspects of Yoga that talk about how and who we are – the Yamas and Niyamas

Here is the workshop, I hope you enjoy it

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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