Gray Matters Counseling & Wellness, PLLC
Leslie A. Gray, LCMHC, RYT
Lakes Region, New Hampshire
Gray Matters Counseling and Wellness, PLLC develops and facilitates mental health-based
Yoga classes specially designed to address your mental health needs.
Although we are currently unable to offer classes due to the instability of the virus,
we continued to incorporate Yoga principles and techniques through telemedicine sessions.
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YOGA FOR DEPRESSION
Depression: one single word that can carry an enormous
amount of weight for sufferers and survivors alike.
Non-sufferers sometimes advise: just do something fun,
go for a walk, or listen to some music.
These are wonderful suggestions, but they aren't enough. Depression is just too complex for simple solutions.
It is persistent and can be incredibly difficult to overcome.
Yoga can help your brain re-start the production and distribution of the feel-good chemicals necessary for
good mental health. Coupled with psycho education, you will begin to feel awake, alive, and ready to re-engage in life.
THE ANXIOUS YOGI
Worry, anxiety, panic... the reasons and severity may vary but the experience is all too similar. The negative effects these have on both your physical and emotional being can be significant.
You might experience one small trigger, then suddenly your anxiety is spiraling out of control creating a piling-on of unwanted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Yoga, coupled with psycho education, can help you manage your anxiety in a way that allows you to gain clarity
and insight as well as feel more grounded and relaxed.
Addiction comes in many forms: alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, pornography, shopping, hoarding, exercise...
and it can destroy lives.
The 'drug' of choice as well as the effect on an individual's
life can vary greatly from one person to the next.
This is one reason addiction can be so difficult to treat and recover from. Today, there are countless treatment programs, group classes, and activities intended to help, which is great.
But what if I told you that part of the secret of recovering
from addiction isn't so much about what you're doing?
It's about not doing.
Just the simple act of breathing (which you're already doing anyway) has incredible healing powers to calm the central nervous system, reduce anxiety, focus and quiet the mind, improve mental clarity, and rejuvenate the production of
naturally manufactured and distributed chemicals necessary
for good mental health.
Yogis love when students just show up to class and breathe.
Check out a local Yoga class near you and see for yourself.
Do one thing and do it well. Just breathe.
Stress is a four letter word. Ok, six but you get my point.
Six little letters that can ruin your day, your week, your month...
To make matters worse, stress is unavoidable in life and
actually helps to keep us alive, making it annoyingly necessary.
But we, as a society, have way too much stress.
And the worst part is that we tend to bring it on ourselves. Listen, there is plenty of stress in the world already.
We really don't need to go out looking for more. But we do.
Yoga forces us to take time to be present on the mat, which ironically increases our ability to deal with stress off the mat.
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Motherhood is fascinating and miraculous...
and at times, overwhelming.
Suddenly, this tiny little human is completely
dependent on you to meet their every need.
The crying, and diapers, and midnight feedings...
New moms often report feeling 'touched out' by all the contact. But their little one needs the physical contact for bonding
and feeling safe. After all, they spent the first 9 months
of their existence safely tucked away in mom's belly.
Now, they are thrust into a world of unknowns.
The time spent together is so important
for their mental health... and yours.
Mom-me Yoga helps moms stay connected with their little ones, and helps their little ones feel safe and secure.
Moms will also learn Reiki techniques they can use to help
with their babies' tummy troubles, relaxation, and sleep.