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What if Anxiety was our friend?

February 3, 2023

What if Anxiety was our friend? 


What if Anxiety was our friend? An over-protective, sometimes annoying, but well-meaning friend, constantly trying to warn us of dangers and protect us from harm. What if this well-meaning friend makes mistakes once in awhile and warns us of dangers that are not really there? Imagine walking along a street and your friend grabs your arm and screams at you to “Watch out!!” because a car is driving at you. Your heart starts to race, your breathing speeds up, you get laser focus and for a moment you think you might die. Then you look up and see the car is actually 2 blocks away and you are totally fine. You roll your eyes at your over-protective and sometimes dramatic friend and the two of you carry on, safely with no danger of being hit by the car. You don’t berate your friend, or say “what is wrong with you?” And, yet, when we get an anxious response, we can judge ourselves harshly. We may even create a barrier to the anxiety symptoms, work hard to get rid of it, block it out, ignore it, or even hate it or hate ourselves for having an anxious response. 

What if anxiety was a good thing? Anxiety can help us get up in the morning, get out the door on time, and drive with focussed awareness. Anxiety can help us stay motivated, make changes, set goals, focus on a project, be organized, and complete tasks. What if anxiety, when leveraged well, can even be like a superpower? Providing you with incredible focus, heightened awareness to your surroundings, and muscles ready to go on demand. Think of an athlete at the start of the 100m race. This athlete would need to be able to shift their nervous system to make all those anxious butterflies in their stomach into heightened focus and engaged muscles to race their best race. What if we could transform the anxiety symptoms from something holding us back in our life, to something that helps us thrive?

However, sometimes, anxiety symptoms can overcomes us. Washing over us like a massive tidal wave, with no control. When our anxiety becomes overwhelming, we need to recruit our supports to help the anxiety symptoms stabilize so we can function again. Supports may include the help of mental health and medical professionals, talking to loved ones, possibly medications, lifestyle shifts, among other supports. But, even when the anxiety symptoms become all-consuming, can we still view them with compassion, like a friend that is struggling? A friend that is misreading the cues, and sending off intense warning symptoms, but still a friend, that ultimately cares. Even if that care and love is a little misplaced? 

Imagine if we worked harder at befriending the anxiety symptoms, rather than trying to get rid of them or ignore them? Trusting that those symptoms are there for a reason, often to help us feel safe, or provide a sense of felt safety, connection, and love. What if in turn, we provide love, connection, and felt safety to ourselves, including our anxiety symptoms? What effect would it have on anxiety symptoms if we became loving, caring friends to ourselves? 


 

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Yoga with Kerry E-Newsletter

January 2023


Happy New Year Yoga Students!


A New Year and and a new challenge as I attempt to upgrade from my usual email newsletter to one that is a little more professional! Crossing fingers all the snazzy features work out and you get the important information needed for this u...


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Registration open!

October 30, 2022

Yoga therapy session #2 starts in one week and registration is now open.🙏www.kerryyoga.com

I would love to have you join us for the 6-week progressive, yoga therapy series starting the week of November 7thand ending December 16that the Warfield Hall for $115/ 6-week session.

This session we will be focussing on the kosha's, or "layers" within us, including the physical, emotional, mental, breath and joy/bliss. Each class will include yoga therapy elements, including joint freeing series, med...

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Yoga Therapy Series #2

October 1, 2022
Happy October yoga students!!

Yoga Therapy series #1 is well on its way and students have been asking about registration for session #2 starting in November. Registration for Session #2 is now open and you can register online at www.kerryyoga.com. Class details are below!

Yoga therapy series is a progressive series of classes that build on your learning each week. Concepts and techniques will be taught and reviewed each week for you to gain new skills and have opportunities to practice your lea...

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Yoga Registration is OPEN!

August 23, 2022

Happy summer days!

 

 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer days and having lots of fun, memorable experiences!

 

 

Registration for Yoga with Kerry Fall Semester #1 classes is now OPEN!

 

 

I know you may not be ready to be thinking of the fall season just yet...but I wanted to let you know that class sizes will be kept at 12 people maximum this year so space is limited. I invite you to have a look at the class offerings and if you have any questions, please feel to ask. Classes are open for ev...


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Pre-registration for Fall Yoga classes!

July 11, 2022

Hello!

I have lots of news to share, including Yoga with Kerry private lessons, Yoga with Kerry group classes and Counselling with Kerry news, so here we go...

 

Yoga news:

Yoga with Kerry Private Lessons:

Private lessons are available this summer, please schedule your session on my yoga website www.kerryyoga.com

Private lessons are offered from July 1 -July 21st, and August 17-Sept.2 with morning and evening options. (7:30am, 9:30am, or 5:30pm). Please send me an email if you would like a differen...


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Yoga is back!! Almost....

May 31, 2022
Hello again!!

I apologize for the lack of communication while I attempt to ride out covid cycles affecting yoga (and many) businesses! Please rest assured that even though you have not heard from me in a while, I have been thinking of you and thinking of creative ways to get yoga therapy group classes up and running again!

Covid created a start-stop cycle for many in the yoga business, and before I get too excited, I wanted to make sure that this most recent green light to start classes...

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Summer Yoga!

July 6, 2021

Happy Summer Yogi’s!

 

 

It feels good to be back, to shift my focus on yoga again after a few months pause.

All the shifts and pivoting during the pandemic left me feeling more confused and uncertain to the point where I felt frozen, unable to make a decision regarding my Yoga Therapy business. Thank you to all my loyal students for your encouragement and support during this difficult year!

Now that the restrictions are starting to ease up, again, I feel like I can move forward, slowly and mind...


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A Happy, Kind, & Compassionate New Year

December 31, 2020

Happy, Kind, Compassionate New Year! 

 

Here we go, embarking on another New Year, this one unfortunately wrapped in the uncertainty of the pandemic. The New Year tends to spark thoughts and ambitions of making changes and improving ourselves in some way. While noble, these resolutions can also trigger feelings of shame or guilt, especially if previous attempts did not manifest in desirable results. Sometimes during periods of change (such as a pandemic) having a focal point like a New Years’...


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Fall 2020 Yoga for Peace Newsletter!

August 21, 2020

Welcome back Yogi’s!

 

I am excited to announce that Yoga for Peace will be returning in September!

 

Yoga with Kerry classes are going to look a little different with the Covid-19 protocols in place, but hopefully we can work together and support each other as we bring our yoga community back together again, safely! 

 

Another exciting change involves a new location. 

Due to the KP Hall being for sale, I had to find a new location. We are now going to be practicing at the Warfield Hall!!

The hall ...


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