Stress Physiology and Yoga

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Course Overview

Stress is something we all experience—and it isn’t always a bad thing—however, too much stress can get in the way of living a happy and productive life. 

This course is designed to help you understand and address stress and tension in your everyday life so you can feel more at ease. It includes four classes: 

  • Stress Physiology, the Stress Response, and Yoga Approaches to Stress Management, which is a lecture on the science behind the stress response, the role that environment plays in how we experience stress, how movement and breath practices can help us manage stress, and more

  • Stress Relief: Support Yourself With Movement, a slow vinyasa practice to help you feel grounded 

  • Stress Relief: Surrender Into Stillness, a restorative practice to relieve tension 

  • Stress Relief: Quiet the Mind, a meditation to help you cope with stress

Take some time out of your day to simplify and enrich your life.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1.9hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • In this lecture, you’ll learn about the basics of stress physiology, the role that environment plays in our daily equilibrium, and the effects of long-term stress. You’ll also learn about individual variation in how we experience and respond to stress; how the nervous system and vagus nerve work; which movement, breath, and meditation practices can help you address your current stress level; and more.
Section 2
  • Reduce anxiety and stress with this practice that’s designed to release tension in parts of the body where it’s commonly held. You’ll do feel-good stretches for the neck and shoulders, slow-flow sun salutations where you’ll pause between movements, seated twists, and more. Let yourself enjoy the easeful pace of this mindful practice. Props: blocks, bolster, blanket
Section 3
  • Need a break? This short restorative practice is designed to calm your mind and body, and it can be done at any time of the day. Using props to support you in twists, a chest-opener, and savasana, and pausing in between postures, you can begin to let go and feel grounded. Props: bolster, two blankets, blocks, strap
Section 4
  • This short meditation uses a simple breath counting method and is designed to help you find peace and quiet anytime you need it.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Valerie Knopik
Valerie Knopik (PhD, E-RYT 500, YACEP) is the Ben and Maxine Miller Professor of Human Development and... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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