“Removing Stress from Life with Ayurveda”

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. Remember to put the glass down!

Mental stress costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year

Safe Work Australia has released its first report on work-related mental stress and its associated costs based on an analysis of Australian workers’ compensation claims data from 2008 to 2011.

“The personal impact of mental stress on workers is a serious and detrimental issue the worker and their families and also employers,”

“The loss of productivity and absence of workers is costing Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year.”

What is your stress costing you?

In the West, we don’t usually dwell on the distinctions between our reactions to stress—we tend to focus on general coping solutions applicable to all, such as a hot bath, a long walk, or a day at the beach. But in the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda, stress reduction is based on a complex understanding of each person. Since no two people handle setbacks the same way, everyone requires a different stress-relief strategy:

We often speak of stress in terms of the situations we find ourselves in—traffic jams, looming deadlines, getting laid off. But Ayurveda holds that stress actually originates in the mind.

According to Ayurveda, stress is a state where the mind is imbalanced. The mind is considered to be balanced when it is not agitated, and is firm and stable. When the mind is stable, the person has the maximum potential to act or behave in ways that continue to keep the mind in a balanced state.

The ancient science of Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine with its origins in India, and now practiced world-wide, offers some practices and solutions to reduce the impact of chronic stress on the body, mind and spirit.

In this 4 week course, we will learn about biological rhythms of our body and what happens to them when we are stressed. How stress weakens our immune system, what “toxins” does stress create in our body? Then we will learn how to break the cycle of stress using Ayurveda, the ancient health system. What are easy, simple and natural strategies of diet, lifestyle, oils and herbs that one can use, for preventing stress, and good maintenance, and rejuvenation of our body and mind?

What: 4 week Workshop –  “Removing Stress from Life with Ayurveda

When Dates: Wednesdays 21st May, 28th May, 4th June, 11th June

Time : 6 pm – 9 pm

Booking : 08 6262 2274; info@ayurveda-awareness.com.au

Where: 10/22 Shields Crescent, Booragoon, WA 6154 (off Norma Road)

Cost: $895

Herbal tea and refreshments provided