Stress/Anxiety › Lucy McCarthy
These practices have been specifically created and sequenced for watching online on Movement for Modern Life to reduce stress and anxiety you may feel in your life.
Within our anti-stress and anxiety series, we have a range of practices which include:
which cultivates a deep sense of awareness.The perfect antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing and letting go via the deep musculature of the body and connective tissues, aiding physical, energetic, mental and emotional flexibility.
is passive, designed to adjust the nervous system and rest the adrenal glands, enabling the body to move towards balance.
All of the practices on this site are designed to increase your awareness on the breath and movement, which will intrinsicly help you deal with any stress/anxiety you may feel in everyday life.
Homecoming To Wholeness Relaxation Meditation
Elemental Flow: Calling In Vastness (Ether)
A spacious vinyasa flow yoga class that uses the breath and movement to cultivate a sense of expansion and space in mind, body and heart. Ideal for days when you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, this vinyasa flow class starts with breathwork, then moves onto an all-levels soothing flow and ends with a long restorative version of legs up the wall savasana and a breath-work meditation to create a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. You may need a block.
Elemental Flow: Root Down Gently
The First of Lucy's 5 elements series. This yoga class will connect you to the earth with gentle, slow and steady movements and a focus on grounding, slowing down and getting present. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, or you just need help to calm. This class starts with a long breath-work relaxation, then works gently on the hips to release feelings of business and stress. You will need a tennis-size ball and you might need a block.
Radiance 3: The Heart
A gentle, heart opening class starting with a supported chest opener. Feel a luminous energy, soften your heart and open your chest ready to be radiant in the world. These exercises are brilliant for opening the upper back and shoulders if you've had a deckbound day too, and great for increasing happiness. You will need a bolster and two blocks.
The first in our 3 part series designed to make you feel bright and fabulous both inside and out. Starting with super fun facial exercises, moving through gentle forward folds and finishing in a rejuvenating inversion, this flow will leave you not only with a radiant face but also ready to deal with stressful situations in general. You will need a block or thick book and a wall space for legs up the wall.
Big Day 3 - The Power Poses
A series of poses to give you the inner vibrancy to give you the confidence which will give you your inner power back. This is the third part in Lucy's Big Day series - this short video is great for the day before the Big Day, be that your wedding, a presentation, a job interview, or anytime when YOU matter. Lucy shows you some poses which you can strike just before you go in for the big event. Enjoy this fun class, and you may be surprised at how powerful you have become!
Yoga for When You Matter
This is a helpful toolkit for any time you are facing a big challenge, be that a presentation at work, a job interview or even your Big Day! Lucy offers some simple steps to help you get calm and focussed. You'll work with deepening the breath, releasing tension held in the neck and belly and throat. The perfect antidote for those big day nerves.
Support Yourself During The Change
Take it Easy
This sequence of supported yoga poses is ideal for all levels and for when you need to let go, relax and take it easy. These poses are especially beneficial for easing PMT; symptoms of the menopause or for anyone who needs to release stress and strain. You will need some blocks.
Keep Grounded Through Change
This is a slow, easy class for when you need to move just a little bit, and will help you to keep centred or grounded in times of change. This is especially important during the menopause and can really help you go through life's biggest change, but it's also an awesome class to take during your period or if you're going through any periods of disruption and you just need some slow, gentle moving support. You will need a block.
After work - Energiser
We wouldn't say that this is the most fun that you could have in a bedroom but this practice will help you to calm down before sleep. This will help with any insomnia or sleeplessness you may be experiencing. Lucy has two students with her to show this sleepy practice which is for just before bed to calm your nervous system to prepare for a deep restful sleep. You'll need a strap or belt for hamstring stretches.
After work: Release & restore
This wonderful nurturing practice introduces the idea of restorative practice ”“ constructive rest - often the very best thing to do after a hard day at work. Lucy guides a practice using the support of blankets and cushions and finishes with the legs against the wall ”“ the most effective poses to rest the body and settle the mind.