Anxiety is a real problem. It's not imaginary and it can be really damaging. You don't have to be experiencing full-blown panic attacks to suffer from the web-like impact of anxiety. Compulsive behaviours, addictive habits, low mood, dissociation, depleted energy: all of these can flow from our anxious core.
But we don't have to be anxious. The physical systems of fear and panic that are inbuilt in all mammals are naturally arising and (here's the good news) naturally dissipating. That means that you can learn to let the horrible feelings of overwhelming panic and fear pass.
Modern discoveries around the autonomic nervous system give us the key to metabolising the chemistry of anxiety safely and with growing confidence.
Thousands of people have benefited from the MIndsprings Anxiety courses over the last 8 years and this is a unique chance to plug into those teachings live in the company of Alistair and Daniel and the friendly Mindsprings community.
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“Alistair's Mindsprings course has helped me through an extremely challenging time of my life. I now feel equipped to deal with anxiety and have the tools to live in a calmer, more peaceful way. I have no hesitation in recommending the course - what is there to lose - except your anxiety!”JILLY
“This course's focus on working to metabolize the sometimes paralyzing sensations the body produces in response to anxiety and panic has been my salvation! My monkey mind was kept out of the picture, so couldn't feed me habitual negative messages, and my body just started to release its tensions and reactions. I started noticing and enjoying the world (despite lockdown blues) and this has been such a joy. I haven't felt safe in my body since my teenage years (a long while ago!) but I am relishing the beginnings of collaboration and trust in it and have a toolkit now that supports this new relationship with myself and the world”ANGELA
“In a nutshell, this course has changed my life for the better. I'd never done anything like this before so wasn't sure what to expect, but the techniques learned on the course are now a part of my daily life and have helped me enormously. Alistair has created a wonderful course and is the ideal guide through it - clear, calm, encouraging and supportive. For anyone looking for ways to reduce their anxiety and improve their quality of life, I'd highly recommend this course. It's a life-change”TOM
“If you've forgotten how to relax, to fully relax, then this will help restore that into you again. The gentle voice and calming influence is very reassuring especially as I'm often nervous about getting involved and doing new things. So to stick with it and complete this course is a wonderful achievement for me. A big thank you to Alistair for all that you do and for making this affordable. I'm still working on things such as self-confidence and feeling safe but I'm happy to say I've found a great starting point through this. Thanks and much love”Tom
Alistair will be leading this retreat supported by Daniel.
Drawing on his Yoga Therapy training, Daniel will be using gentle yoga to bring our autonomic nervous system into a healthy window of tolerance.
Alistair will be unpacking the material of the online course 'Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety' with added, new material. Metabolising the cortisol and adrenalin which underpin panic and fear states can be mastered using the body. This weekend looks at the work of Stephen Porges along with breathwork to stabilise our feelings around anxiety.
Saturday and Sunday:
9 am - 10 am Yoga therapy with Daniel
10.30- 1.30 pm: Practice and Alistair teaching
1.30pm - 2.30pm: Lunch self-practice, rest
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm: Practice
5 pm -6 pm Yoga Practice
What is the commitment for the weekend?
As we are working online you can commit as much or as little as you want. We will be holding space from 10 am till 6 pm UK time on the two days of the weekend (13-14 November). For those tuning in from another time zone, all the teaching will be recorded and available for review after the weekend is done. You will be able to access this as part of the package.
Can I trust you with something so sensitive?
Alistair is an accredited psychotherapist regulated by the British UKCP board. He has more than 8 years of experience teaching this course to many hundreds of people. Daniel is a fully trained yoga teacher and a trainee Yoga Therapist with the Minded Institute. However, we know that anxiety can make us very vulnerable and we would never want you to feel unsafe. If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course then please contact us with your questions. (The contact button is above!)
Couldn't I just read some books and do this on my own?
Yes, of course, book-learning is great. And we have both studied a great deal in the field of psychotherapy, yoga therapy, neuroscience, human physiology and Buddhist psychology. But as we'll explore, anxiety breeds in our thinking mind. And getting some direct coaching on how to stay in the body and find non-thinky ways of dealing with anxiety has been a breakthrough... So let us save you time and dead-ends by sharing our experience direct...
I want to take the course but I don't know if I can afford it?
We know that money is an issue (and a source of anxiety!) for many of us. And at Mindsprings our inspiration is to help everyone free themselves from anxiety - whether they're wealthy or not. We think that we have priced the courses fairly and ask those who can afford them to help those who can't by paying the full course fee. And there's a payment schedule to help spread the load. However, we also have a number of bursaries available to those struggling financially, so please contact us to ask about financial aid. (The contact button is above).
Is this course psychologically safe?
If you're suffering from really severe anxiety and are worried about your safety, then you should see your doctor and ensure that you have medical support. Normally, I teach these courses in person, and as a therapist I can help people if difficult material comes up. But this course is an online course. Both Daniel and myself will be avialable during the breaks if you are encountering difficult material. The weekend is a gentle one - not designed to provoke root anxieties but to explore ways of natural soothing. But please prioritise your safety when deciding to sign up.
Will my anxiety really go away?
As we explore in the course, anxiety is a natural feature of being a human with a thinking mind. Humans will always trigger their innate fear and panic systems with their thinking. But this course can really diminish the amount of unnecessary anxiety and stress we create and give us a method for metabolising the painful chemistry of fear and panic in our bodies. We CAN live with way less anxiety than we do now and it is possible for you
Will these changes last or is it just a quick fix?
The simple answer is: the longer you do the practices, the longer the anxiety will stay away. As we know, there's no magic bullet. And these practices change the way our brains are wired and the way our body-chemistry works. That's an organic process and takes time. But when we have the support of the insight and the practice, then the 'penny drops' and we stop doing the things that unconsciously make us more anxious. Over time that makes anxiety an occasional visitor rather than a permanent partner.