Demystifying the Vagus Nerve Yoga Workshop
Have you ever wondered what the Vagus nerve is and why it’s so important?
Playing a fundamental role in the parasympathetic nervous system, the Vagus nerve, the so-called “wandering nerve” is responsible for our rest and digest capacities, and when stimulated, produces a calming and soothing force in our bodies
Join us on this yoga Vagus workshop to explore how we can stimulate vagal tone to help:
∗ harmonise the systems of the body,
∗ lower our blood pressure
∗ lower heart rate
∗ reduce anxiety
∗ reduce inflammation
∗ increase our sense of trust, compassion, acceptance, and joy
We’ll learn some simple techniques to access the Vagus to help us unwind and let go. And whilst many of us enjoy those sensations of increased openness, we’ll also explore how we can balance that relaxation by creating a sense of stability and containment, working to centre and strengthen our physical and emotional selves.
Leave feeling relaxed, resilient, strong and open.
Date & Time
Online via Zoom
6 February, 2021
To reserve your place on this Vagus workshop, please click on the button below.
How to join live streaming workshops via Zoom
Gary and Catherine will be using Zoom, a free online platform to live stream this workshop. You will be able to connect directly to us from the comfort of your own home either through your PC, laptop, mobile or tablet.
It's easy to set up - please follow these simple instructions:
Download and create your free Zoom account. Please do this well in advance to make sure audio and video are working.
Once you've paid for the workshop, you will be sent a unique Zoom link so you can register for the workshop well ahead of the start time. You will then receive an email confirming your place with a link to the workshop. Follow the simple online instructions. Please log in 10 - 15 minutes before the start of class so we can begin on time.
About Catherine Annis
Catherine Annis is a member of the yoga teacher training faculty at triyoga, London's leading yoga studio where she also sits on the teacher advisory committee. She is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. In 2017 she created the Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training Course (iytt), an 18 month, anatomically focused teacher training course with world-leading teachers Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter.
Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing since the mid 1970s. Having studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s daily yoga practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine. She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies, and is a qualified Thai massage practitioner, and it is this interest in the body which informs and inspires her teaching.
The style of yoga Catherine teaches has been inspired by the pioneering approach of Vanda Scaravelli. This is a gentle yet demanding form of Hatha yoga, which focuses on developing core strength through releasing tension and creating length in the spine.
Scaravelli inspired yoga is a stress-free yoga that benefits everyone. Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels, from beginners to those with many years of experience. Regardless of your level of fitness, you will discover a longer, stronger and more flexible spine, a calmer mind, and begin to enjoy increased energy and ease of movement.
It uses the breath and gravity to allow the spine to unfold like a wave, allowing the uninhibited opening and energising of the whole body. As Vanda explains in the opening page of her book “Awakening the Spine”:
“There is a division in the centre of our back, where the spine moves simultaneously in two opposite directions: from the waist down towards the legs and the feet, which are pulled by gravity, and from the waist upwards, through the top of the head, lifting us up freely”.