Yoga teacher Leanne Toy will be holding a class teaching anti-stress techniques.
Yoga teacher Leanne Toy will be holding a class teaching anti-stress techniques. Scottie Simmonds

Yoga will help you reduce stress

YOGA teacher Leanne Toy has noticed so many people are attending her classes to help them deal with stress she has decided to start a course focusing on the issue specifically.

"I get quite a few people in my yoga classes who have been told by their GP to find something to minimise their stress," she said.

"A lot of people are just not handling the stress in their lives."

Ms Toy said she had decided to try to offer something to people who may think yoga was not for them because they had misconceptions about it.

"I thought it would be good if I could get people to just come along and sit in a chair while I teach them techniques to handle their stress," she said.

The yoga instructor said the techniques would include breathing, because a lot of people did not know how to breathe properly.

"That's my main aim," she said.

"The point is helping people use all of their lungs to breathe, rather than just the top part."

Ms Toy said she would also bring "mindfulness" into what she taught.

"A lot of us live our lives forgetting we have a body," she said.

"We live in an automatic way without being conscious of what is around us."

Ms Toy said mindfulness was a way of being more aware of everything we did.

"It's a way of focusing your mind on just one thing," she said.

"We can't avoid stress because we're all busy, but hopefully these techniques will help balance things out."

Ms Toy said she had initially planned just one workshop to see if people were interested.

If she gets enough interest, she will consider a series of classes next year.

"Anybody, no matter what their physical limitations, can benefit," she said.

Ms Toy's Finding Space stress management workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 22, at the Purple Door, 2 Normanby Sq, Bundaberg, from 5.30-6.30pm.

The cost is $10, or $5 for a pensioner of school-aged child.

Ms Toy can be contacted on 4159 3660 or 0434 619 872.



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