Welcome to the information pages of Eksamensyoga Spring 2017.
Eksamensyoga is a yoga class aimed at building skills to manage the augmented and possibly prolonged stress through the end of the semester and the exam period. It involves simple asana practice suitable to all-levels and a “very” short lecture about stress management at the beginning of each class.
The underlying assumptions for Eksamensyoga are as follows:
- Students will be negatively affected by the increased work load during the exam period.
- The consequences of increased work load for many students take the shape of sitting in front of a computer at lengthy hours, less social interaction-more seclusion, major changes in their exercise routines due to time constraints, less sleep -possibly due to last-minute deadlines in addition to the anxiety and possible depressive episodes, to mention a few.
- Anxiety and depression will, in this case, originate from a combination of the increased number of stress factors. These factors may wary from individual to individual but general reaction of young adults like university students will be similar: feelings of loneliness, fear of failure and embarrassment, unmanageable anxiety and panic attacks in some cases, depression and lack of motivation, feelings and thoughts of helplessness, muscular stiffness and weakness due lack of physical activity and sleep, changed eating habits etc.
The assumptions above describe a very general state of increased sympathetic nervous system activity and build-up of stress hormones, which make subsiding the alertness created by sympathetic nervous system and triggering the parasympathetic nervous system very difficult, hence the unwanted effects of unmanaged stress. As noted, the effects of such prolonged stress will be two-fold: physical and psychological. Ergo, the objective of Eksamensyoga is to help the person and their autonomic nervous system to recover the homeostasis by asana practice that is aimed at parts of the body, muscles, muscle groups that are most affected by sitting, little exercise etc., and by interactive exercises, breathing practice, and a short, guided mindfulness section aimed at alleviating and soothing the psychological reactions to stress. – and all in 60 minutes. 🙂
In addition, the aim of Eksamensyoga is not to mellow you out of your head and get you as chilled and laid back as you can get. In general terms, managing stress means to attempt and keep the stress reactions to a manageable level and thereby being able to do the work that needs to be done with a clearer mind and with a healthy level of motivation. The first rule of stress management is that it can only be reckoned with and managed.
OBS! Important points to keep in mind:
- Please note that any list in this document is by no means exclusive or exhaustive. They are only general guidelines.
- Eksamensyoga is about increasing awareness of person’s own reactions and thoughts, feelings and all in all self. This is done through giving neutral information about stress and practicing mental exercises that are used in similar psychological settings, as well as the asana practice. This is not a class where spiritual bypassing is enabled or encouraged.
- If you feel under too much stress and feel that it would be too challenging for you handle it on your own, the best and safest way out is through the guidance of counselling services.
Remember you do not have to suffer stress and its results. There are things that you can do about it. Follow the classes and this blog page and decide how you feel about all this. Your feedback and comments are valuable, contact me through the form here.
Hope to see you at Eksamensyoga. 🙂