Yoga

Yoga is a time-tested method to improve resilience and reduce stress by combining the benefits of physical and mental training. The yoga classes that are offered as part of the DESTRESS trial include the elements of a traditional yoga practice: physical exercise, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation.

We acknowledge that it’s really hard to find the time and commitment to fit a regular practice into your (over)loaded schedule. To make it easier for you to incorporate yoga practice into your busy life, we have created a flexible class schedule.

Depending on your needs, you can choose any of our dynamic or restorative classes. Dynamic classes are based on Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and follow set sequences of active physical poses that flow together by means of steady-paced deep breathing. While the dynamic classes focus on aligning your breath with movement and emphasize strengthening and lengthening of your muscles, restorative yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and spine. The emphasis in restorative classes lies on gentle movements, holding stretching poses for extended periods of time with the support of props, and practicing stillness. In addition to improving your range of motion and joint mobility, this practice is designed for deep relaxation. It reduces the effects of stress by releasing deeply held tensions from the body and mind and balancing the autonomic nervous system.

Depending on your needs, you can choose any of our dynamic or restorative classes. Dynamic classes are based on Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and follow set sequences of active physical poses that flow together by means of steady-paced deep breathing. While the dynamic classes focus on aligning your breath with movement and emphasize strengthening and lengthening of your muscles, restorative yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and spine. The emphasis in restorative classes lies on gentle movements, holding stretching poses for extended periods of time with the support of props, and practicing stillness. In addition to improving your range of motion and joint mobility, this practice is designed for deep relaxation. It reduces the effects of stress by releasing deeply held tensions from the body and mind and balancing the autonomic nervous system.

The introductory session to meet your fellow DESTRESS participants will take place in person on Monday October 19th 18:30-20:00 at a professional center at 10-min distance (by bike) from the Erasmus MC. Over the next eight weeks, you’re welcome to attend any of the yoga classes that are offered daily either in-person or via live stream from the comfort of your home. Of course we’re compliant with the national corona guidelines. You will receive further information by email if you are selected for the yoga program.

Remember: yoga can be practiced by everyone. You don’t need a flexible body. The only requirement is an open mind and willingness to commit and invest in yourself!

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