Feeling tense, nervous, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, restless and exhausted?

Do you have a sense of dread, fear the worst or that bad things will happen if you stop worrying?

You may also have difficulties sleeping, maybe a churning or nauseous feeling in your stomach, experience palpations or a racing heart, feel sweaty and have panic attacks.

This course is for you if you don’t want to continue how you are; it is making you ill, impacting on your health and relationships and you need a kickstart and support to reclaim your life.

A body-mind approach is taken using evidence-based yoga practices. The course starts each week by calming body and mind through gentle mindful yoga, breathing and deep relaxation to bring you back from a state of overwhelm and hypervigilance.

You will then learn about physical and psychological aspects of anxiety, the vicious cycle of anxiety, the stress response, the impact of stress and anxiety on body and mind and why it is so difficult to relax and stop worrying when you are experiencing chronic stress and anxiety.

Within the small group, Carolyn uses therapeutic approaches including motivational interviewing, solution-focused work and principles from CBT to support you towards committing to and sustaining change in your life.

This is not an ‘off the shelf’ course that is available elsewhere. As each group is unique, Carolyn uses her extensive knowledge and experience from her career in mental health services, taking a bespoke approach and adapting the content of each course to participants.

If you decide that you would like to continue your practice of yoga after attending the course, weekly yoga classes and regular Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra workshops take place throughout the year.

The course can also be delivered 1:1 or for small groups outside the scheduled course dates. Please enquire for more information.

Course dates

The next course takes place on Saturday 28 September and 5, 12, 19 and 26 October 2019, 11.30 to 13.30 at Butleigh Pavilion.


The investment for the course is £85.

There are a maximum of 10 places available for this course.

What to bring

You will need to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Leggings, shorts, tracksuits and T-shirts are ideal. Please bring a yoga mat. You may also like to bring a small cushion for your head for relaxation and yoga nidra. Hot and cold drinks are provided during sessions.

Important information
No experience of yoga is needed for this course and you do not need to be flexible! The yoga sequences will be very gentle and provide you with a sense of safety, space and release. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the course in more detail, please email carolyn@carolynsmith.org. A confidential discussion can be arranged.