Yoga for your Mental Health

Learn simple and accessible tools to help deal with stress
and manage your mood


4-week group class series with Michele Lawrence & Sarah Gill

Meets weekly on Mondays from 4:00-5:15 PM

January 22 - Feb 12, 2024

This session is now full. We will enroll March/April session in late Jan.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

In recent years, mental health issues have risen and at the same time the gap between people needing care and those with access to care remains substantial. Sadly, additional research from the CDC has indicated that nearly 3 in 5 (57%) U.S. teen girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021—double that of boys, representing a nearly 60% increase and the highest level reported over the past decade.

The good news is that today there is a growing body of research documenting yoga's benefits for mental health and can provide teens with a unique ability to flourish. Several recent studies suggest that yoga may help strengthen social attachments, reduce stress and relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. Additionally, yoga is for everyone. You don't have to be physically fit or flexible to practice yoga and simple techniques can be effective and go a long way.

Each weekly class will incorporate movement, breathing practices, meditation and self regulation techniques.

No previous yoga experience necessary.

Classes held at the Smiley Building, Room 20A | Durango

Limited to 8 participants, pre-registration required

Class is free due to a generous grant from the Ballantine Family Fund.

About Michele

Through her own journey of Self-discovery, Michele Lawrence (MBA, ERYT500, C-IAYT) has come to realize that yoga is a practice for all life situations. She believes in yoga’s ability to heal and transform, and that yoga, regardless of one’s ability, is available to all. Michele has been teaching yoga since 2005, practicing yoga therapy since 2010, and is the founder/director of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.

About Sarah

My name is Sarah Gill. I am a Yoga Instructor and a Yoga Therapist in training. I have been teaching yoga for 5 years and have been practicing for a little over 10 years. I enjoy teaching the tools of yoga in a way that is practical and tangible to all, making these practices accessible and part of everyday life. In my free time I like to be outside in nature or spending time with friends, family, and my dog potato. I am passionate about supporting my mental and physical health through the ancient practices of Yoga & Ayurveda and continue to learn and grow everyday.