Overcome Anxiety Clinic:
4 week Series
Facilitator: Kirsten Higgins, C-IAYT, RYT
COST: $185 for entire Series
Sept. 29th; Oct. 13th and 27th; Nov. 10th
Saturdays beginning September 29th
Each Meeting is from 10am-12pm
This clinic is designed for those who suffer from anxiety; Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder and PTSD. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist Kirsten Higgins, M.Ed., C-IAYT, participants will learn and practice self-healing modalities which are effective in reducing the effects of anxiety while also learning techniques to navigate difficult emotional experiences.
Anxiety can have an overriding effect on our systems which can leave us feeling stuck, shut down and emotionally reactive. Learning skills to better cope with anxiety can provide a framework to lean into when symptoms become difficult to manage. You will learn breath work, meditation and gentle movement techniques that help to break the psychological, biochemical and physical cycles that keep anxiety in your life.
We will learn what happens in your mind and body while experiencing anxiety, tools to “turn off” the fight or flight response, and how to “turn on” the relaxation response. Participants will learn and practice a variety of methods to “turn on” the relaxation response. By the end of the clinic, the participants will have a large toolbox of methods that are a blend of traditional Yoga practices, Ayurveda, Alternative Medicine, and modern medical science. We will also explore nutrition, aromatherapy, acupressure, sound healing and movement.
The more you know about anxiety and how to defeat it, the more empowered you become to drive your own self-healing journey. A take-home program with daily exercises and lifestyle suggestions will be handed out, and all participants will be emailed digital recordings of meditations that can be practiced in the comfort of your own home. The format of this clinic will be a hybrid of presentation of information from your manual and experiential practice of the material.
Even though it is taught in a group setting, this is a personal experience; there are no group activities and you will never be asked to speak publicly. Presentations are given with visual aids (PowerPoint presentation, handouts, etc.), and all work is private (you are not asked to turn in suggested journal responses for the self-study work). The utmost care and attention is given to accommodate those that are not comfortable in social situations. We are also open to allowing a spouse, friend, or family member to attend with you, if that support feels right for you.
Typical Class Structure
10am-10:10am: Intro & overview of today's class objectives
10:10-10:30am: Asana (yoga posture) practice
10:30-11am: Education w/experiential and booklet reference
11-11:15am: Pranayama (breath work) & meditation, philosophical inquiry or other tools
11:15-11:45am: Yoga Nidra
11:45am-12pm: Review Tracking Chart HW; closing
If you have any questions regarding the clinic, or wish to schedule a time to see the studio space/ meet the facilitator before registering for the clinic, please email Kirsten at Kirsten@infinity-yoga-chicago.com.
Kirsten received her 800-hour certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy, holds a master’s degree in Special Education, and is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Certified Personal Trainer. As a Certified Yoga Therapist, and Trauma- Informed Yoga Teacher, she has specialized in working with individuals healing from an injury or practicing with a chronic condition, individuals struggling with anxiety or depression, couples, children with autism, and expectant mothers. She has studied various styles of yoga: Anusara, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative, Tantra and Yin.
Kirsten founded Infinity Holistic Wellness & Yoga to be an oasis for practicing yoga, meditation & other healing modalities in the Chicago Loop. The group of talented and experienced instructors on the Infinity team represent a range of specialties, personalities & passion. Each instructor brings their own personal touch to their teaching; however, the common threads that tie them together are their skills all lay on the spectrum of yoga therapeutics, & that they have an ability to make yoga accessible to all beings.