PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR CAREGIVERS
Goals of this group:
1. Incorporate Yoga exercises into your daily practice
2. Social connection with others
3. Increased resilience
4. Increase awareness of mind -body connection
5. Lower levels of stress in order to target caregiver burnout, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety
What we know about the connection between Yoga and Mental Well-Being:
Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system.
Enhances social well-being through a sense of belonging to others, and improves the symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, and sleep disorders.
Shown to increase GABA, a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity. Especially relevant to people who have anxiety disorders in which GABA activity is low.
Mind and body practices, like yoga, meditation, deep breathing and prayer help to reduce stress and improves stress related nervous system imbalances.
As you grow in your ability to sense the relationship between your mind and body, you become more aware of dualities that exist in experience.
The practice of yoga brings you to the awareness that there is a relationship between your body and mind. There is never a point in which you are just one or the other.
At the simplest level, you see that when you treat the body you are also treating the mind. At a deeper level, you start to live in an integrated way. You begin to make choices that nurture and support your whole being.
Holistic approach takes into account the mind, body and spirit, and also their support network, social connectivity, and spirituality.
Benefits extend to adult caregivers who may experience lower life satisfaction, depression, and stress, and high levels of bio markers for inflammation. One study found that practicing a 12 minute daily eight week program of yoga exercise resulting in reducing markers of inflammation in adults taking care of loved ones.