|Living and Breathing Deeply Through Yoga, my presentation on using yoga to help with diagnoses of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and mood disorders.|
I had one problem in preparing this presentation, the room was suspected to be almost full and it's an auditorium with seats and desks that are bolted to the floor; there was essentially no space to do yoga. I had an idea, seated sun salutations.
|Seated Sun Salutations at St. Joe's in Hamilton, ON as part of Yoga for Anxiety & Depression|
The idea worked perfectly, I had the almost packed room breathing, sweeping their arms, lifting their gaze, rooting through their sit bones, pushing through the crowns of their heads and meditating without ever getting out of their seats. The best part wasn't even the success of getting a group of new people to try yoga and allowing me to share my passion with them, it was the response I received afterwards. I was overwhelmed with a line-up of people who wanted to talk to me, learn more about my research and sign-up for a treatment group yoga class with me.
As exciting as presenting to Mood Menders was, I will be off to Turkey shortly to give a paper I wrote, Theorizing Yoga as a Mindfulness Skill at the World Conference on Psychology Counselling & Guidance. I will update soon with pictures and share my experience of the conference.