With anxiety disorders being the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States, finding a safe place to relax and detox is more important now than ever. Many Americans turn to spas for a massage or a break in the hot tub, while others head over to their local Yoga studio. For years now, yoga studios have become a place of serenity for many overworked adults. Whether you choose to engage in an invigorating yoga class, or find a corner to meditate, you are sure to leave feeling refreshed and de-stressed. Buddha perhaps explained it best when he was asked, "What have you gained from meditation?" He replied with "Nothing. But let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death."
One of the better-known yoga and meditation studios in Worcester lays right on scenic and tranquil Lake Ave, called "Flowforms Yoga". Flowforms is a welcoming yoga community that offers warm, diverse and experienced teachers, classes, series and workshops for all levels. One of the unique things about this studio is the fact that it offers guided meditation at the start of their Monday yoga class, and after on Tuesdays. Those participating are encouraged to arrive a half-hour before class and simply relax before they begin their exercise. Molly Jackson, the Owner at Flowforms, describes the benefits of relaxing with meditation.
"Meditation helps one to relax by learning to quiet the mind, sweep away the outside world for a moment and connect with your inner (true) self. The practice helps to remove the clouds and negativity from one's mind towards the goal of gaining true relaxation and a sense of mental well-being. Some say they experience heightened energy levels and bursts of creativity."
Apart from meditation, Flowforms also offers a variety of yoga and pilates classes. There is something for everybody- all ages, all body types, and all fitness levels. In fact, Flowforms took second place as Worcester's "Best Yoga/Holistic Wellness Center" in 2014. With an honor such as this behind them, you know are getting quality service and the guidance of some of the best instructors in the area.
Head a little bit further down the road to Millbrook Street and you will find "Metrowest Yoga", another great place to practice yoga and the art of relaxation. Head Instructor Shawn Shaw stresses that not only is yoga a great way to build physical strength and flexibility, but it can help cultivate calm and peace in our spirits. "When you are practicing yoga, you give your mind a task to focus on which separates us from worry and being caught up in our thoughts. It trains us to be present in the current moment, which grounds us and calms us." The aim of yoga is twofold- it heals the body and calms the mind.
To make your yoga experience even more enjoyable, MetroWest heats their studios. This allows for your muscles to be protected in all positions. The range of motions, combined with the gentle heat of the classroom, can provide a healing power for your body and mind. Those who have left reviews on the website describe these classes as somewhat of a "medicine", allowing them to restore their health and cure all negative thoughts. If you are looking for something a bit different, their gentle and restorative classes are not heated. Shaw classifies these passive style classes as some of her most relaxing sessions.
With all the known cases of anxiety, depression, and many other ailments in the world today, it is imperative to find your own form of relaxation. If you prefer some guidance, participating in a class at either Flowforms or Metrowest Yoga will surely assist you in your path to well-being and peace of mind.
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