Stress is a major problem in western societies today and it is estimated that around 12 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to work-related stress (figures from Bupa). With stress not only affecting absence from work, but also productivity and presence while at work (also called presenteeism) it is in every employers interest to not only do something about the most obvious stressors in their workplace, but also to help employees develop strategies for coping with the stress that is unavoidable.
Eurythmy is a movement art, which promotes balance and well-being. In general it enhances mind and body awareness and has an enlivening and relaxing effect. With regular practice it improves coordination, concentration and dexterity - as well as bodily/somatic intelligence as a whole.
This workshop consist of a variety of individual movement exercises that help promote awareness of body and mind, and find grounding and balance. Though they are seemingly relatively simple, the exercises provide ample opportunities for deepening and becoming increasingly present in one's body and movement. They are a kind of mindful movement and can be used on a daily basis to become more present and aware of tensions, posture and body language, which can help detect symptoms of stress faster and build resilience.
The exercises are linked to stress management and information regarding stress can be provided. The session will end with people sharing their experience (if they want to) and time to give feedback and ask questions. Anyone can take part regardless of experience with movement.
People generally report feeling relaxed, calm, happy and at ease after sessions, with feedback such as:
"I haven't felt like I could fall asleep so easily in months.”
"Lovely calm workshop. Good, useful, exercises. Good for mindfulness too.”
"A new, novel way of combating stress.”
"Very calming workshop with good tips to take away.”
For the workshops to be effective they need to last between 1 ½ – 2 hours. Ideal numbers of participants are between 5 – 12 people, but up to 20 is possible. The venue needed is a square room, free of furniture, large enough for all participants to stand in a circle and move freely.
I am very pleased to have been asked by Chris Grant of “Anthroposophy in Glasgow” to lead a public Eurythmy workshop in Glasgow for the first time. I have led workshops in different organisations on the west coast of Scotland, but this will be the first public one. The workshop will be an introduction to social and mindful eurythmy and can be attended by anyone regardless of experience with movement. Eurythmy has many different facets to it, and the mindful and social work very well together in that they help increase awareness of self and other. Becoming more aware of one’s own space, thoughts and feelings can help improve wellbeing and strengthen resilience to stress and difficulties. When we become […]
The benefits of mindfulness have been widely documented over the last decades and this Mindful Eurythmy workshop on Saturday 14th September 2019 offers an introduction to Eurythmy as mindful movement. There is an increasing focus on the importance of the body and how we move in the fields of wellbeing, mental health and stress management. Studies show that our posture as well as how we move affects our feelings and state of mind (as well as the other way round) and bringing awareness to your body can actively help manage your emotional reactions as you will be more present both in yourself and in the now. You can read more about how Eurythmy helps strengthen resilience here. This Mindful Eurythmy […]