New Yoga Program Shows How You Can Change Your Relationship to Stress

by Melissa West on January 20, 2011

Whether stress comes from work, family, health or circumstance, the results are the same: less enjoyment and more tension. We now know that many health conditions are stress-related, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart disease, cancer, asthma, chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Based on the work of yoga therapy pioneer Michael Lee, a new program that combines yoga, mindfulness and dialog is coming to the Durham area. For eight weeks starting March 1st at 1917 Glendale Dr. in Pickering, Ontario, local expert, Dr. Melissa West will lead participants step-by-step through a process that will help them change their relationship to stress.

“This program is for everyone,” says founder, Michael Lee. “Whether you’re a yoga expert or have never tried it before, you can experience relief from stress. The classes are designed to suit all comers regardless of physical condition or age.”

The program uses both Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and the practice of Mindfulness to help participants identify the sources of the stress underlying their condition. Along with guided yoga and meditation experience, partipants also engage in group discussion and person self-observation along with structured homework exercises.

Dr. Melissa West is a yoga therapist, certified yoga teacher, thai massage therapist and host of the free weekly yoga video podcast, Namaste Yoga.

Classes run from 7:00-9:30 pm every Tuesday for eight weeks starting on March 1st at 1917 Glendale Dr. in Pickering. A full all-day retreat is also included on Sunday March 27th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Early registration is $300 by February 1st, after which the tuition will be $340. Price includes a CD for home study, workbook for reference and all sessions. For more information call Melissa West at 416-737-0999.

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