Befriending Anxiety with Xenia Pestova Bennet
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This 2-hour workshop will be led by performance anxiety specialist and professional pianist Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett, a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, yoga instructor and wellness coach.
Anxiety can manifest in many different areas of our lives – we are currently battling an international anxiety epidemic, identified is the most common mental health issue along with depression. The Mental Health Foundation estimates that anxiety is among the primary drivers of disability worldwide. In personal as well as workplace and business settings, our busy schedules, fast-paced lives and the ways that we engage with digital technologies can create difficult situations, impacting our focus, productivity, sleep and ultimately our health.
Additional pressures can be felt when we have to “perform” – whether we are giving a presentation, preparing for an interview, undergoing a professional review or facing a difficult conversation, there are proven methods that can help us feel more grounded and supported. In this challenging environment, it is more important than ever to take stock, address anxiety and rebalance.
Xenia is a performer with international experience who incorporates the latest research into health, wellbeing and yoga into her anxiety sessions. This workshop will give you access to a simple “toolkit” to enhance your wellbeing and reduce anxiety and stress in everyday situations. Xenia will work with the group to guide you through proven breathing techniques, focus exercises and gentle movement sequences incorporating elements of Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Qi Gong and Mindfulness / Insight Meditation.
During the workshop, we will revise and review the evolutionary biology of the anxiety mechanism and learn about the leading research on mindful engagement with technology to help understand, accept and befriend anxiety and take back control of your life. Participants of all levels are welcome to attend – no prior experience or flexibility are required, although those with experience will also have the opportunity to work on a deeper level.
This 2-hour workshop costs €35 (10% discount for members)
***Please note, if you’re booking 2 or more places you have to set up multiple MindBody accounts when purchasing. You can also call reception on (01) 677 9859 and they will help you book multiple people into this workshop***
NO REFUND if cancelled less than 48 hours beforehand.
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