Community

Thanks so much for checking out the Aarna Yoga Community Page, it’s a pleasure to welcome you. This community is for anyone who cares about maximising mental health, be it for yourself or the world around you. So whether you want to master your own mental health or you want to support others in their journey to strength, we’d love you to join us. 

What we’re here for; Yes, mental health is a real issue

It’s a well known fact that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems every year, but unless you know what it feels like to suffer with stress, anxiety and depression, that might not mean much to you. So let’s put it this way…Right now in the UK, 15 million people, or maybe more, are struggling with such feelings that in 2015 led 6,188 people to take their own life… and that absolutely breaks my HEART.

But discussing problems is no use if you’re not prepared to find solutions 

The mind does not discriminate against who it will cast a shadow over, but we don’t have to let it put our light out. I really struggled with my mental health at university, and though the Student Welfare Service at Leeds University is now one of the best in the country, I struggled to find the support I needed personally. Determined not to let my mind get the better of me, it was yoga that guided me on my journey to recovery. I realised that if there were more people like me who were looking for a way out of the darkness, yoga could provide an answer if only they had affordable access to classes where they could learn the tools it has to offer.

Four years of further practice, training, teaching and research on the benefits of yoga for health and wellbeing, and this is where we are today….

SO LET’S DO SOMETHING

YOGA 5 – An Action-led Campaign for Yoga, Positive Psychology and Mental Health

Yoga is a tool that helps us to maintain a health body and a calm mind, creating space for introspection and reflection to show us areas in our lives where we need to focus more attention to reach higher levels of health and happiness. It gives us practical exercises to build strength and flexibility, detox, and RELAX. It promotes self-love and acceptance, compassion and confidence and allows us to BE WHO WE ARE without the fear or pride which feeds anxiety and despair.

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of the effects of yoga on improving health and wellbeing and to develop a programme to guide others on their journey to strength. I believe that the only real way to understand how this is possible is to experience yoga for what it is. But where to begin? There are so many styles of yoga out there, so many different teachers, and classes are expensive. How do we know where to go, or what if we don’t like yoga? Well, I promise you, yoga is waiting for you, so let me help you find it.

Yoga 5 offers 5 short tutorials introducing the 5 key styles of yoga that might work for you. Flow, Stretch, Strengthen, Relax, and BREEEEATHE MINDFULLY. Maybe there is one style you particularly like, or maybe you like to mix it up on different days depending on how your body and your mind is feeling. The important thing is that you stick with it to witness the changes and share your experience so we can develop the programme, promote yoga as a solution for health and wellbeing and reach out to more people battling with mental health. Are you in? OK! Here’s what to do.

  • Navigate to the video tutorials on this website.
  • Practice each of the five tutorials with me by the end of this week (That’s about 10 minutes a day)
  • Continue to practice at least one class a day, 5 days a week for the next 5 weeks (are you serious about this or not?!)
  • Complete the short questionnaire here in 5 weeks time.
  • Join the Facebook Group, share your experience and support others.
  • If you want more from me, subscribe to the Aarna Yoga YouTube Channel. I’ll post more videos after 500 people have subscribed.

BUILD A BETTER WORLD

Whether you’re completely new to yoga or have been practicing for years, I want to hear from you. Share your experiences of mental health, tell us how you’re feeling, and support one another through the Aarna Yoga Campaign Community. What do you do to make yourself feel better when you feel like S***? What is your experience with yoga, and how do you feel about starting or continuing your practice? What do you need from this world to help you blossom into the flower that you are? Tell us and let us start building a world we want to live in.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw