Introducing: Yoga & Emotion
A 4-Week Class With Dr. Chloe Carmichael
What do LeBron James, Ariana Huffington, and Gwyneth Paltrow all have in common? They’ve made it to the top of their fields, and they all practice something that I’m certain has an impact on their continuous success: yoga. Here’s why. Unlike other workouts, yoga doesn’t feed the restlessness of your mind — it stills it. Instead of tuning out the workout until it’s over, you tune in. You learn techniques that consciously and deliberately direct the mind toward a goal. And as you center yourself, you build confidence, willpower, inner strength, and clarity of mind. These are the keys to success in any situation, whether it’s connecting with your authenticity while networking, handling stressful deadlines, or surviving heartbreak. As both a clinical psychologist and a certified yoga instructor, I can testify to the life-changing effects of yoga firsthand: After years of being a yoga instructor, yoga helped give me the wherewithal to achieve my second and third dreams — getting my Ph.D. in clinical psychology and opening my own practice. I know it can give you the focus and confidence that will help you get to where you want to be too. That’s why I designed Yoga & Emotion.
Dr. Chloe Carmichael, clinical psychologist and certified yoga instructor.
Yoga & Emotion: What You’ll Learn
In the Yoga & Emotion group, I’m combining my psychology and yoga expertise to teach you techniques that will help you stay focused and centered in any anxiety-provoking situation. Because we often have physical reactions to emotions (e.g., fear of rejection leads us to feel physical tightness in our chest, which keeps us from speaking up when we need to), learning to observe your thoughts and emotions is the first step to managing them and harnessing that energy to work for you.
So I will first teach you how to observe your thoughts and emotions, and then show you techniques to manage your emotions by directing your mind to where you want it to be. Finally I will give you ways to practice using these techniques to reconnect with your most authentic you in any stressful situation in your life.
3 Ways This Class Is Unlike Any Other
1. You won’t just learn yoga poses — you’ll understand how to master anxiety-provoking situations by learning yoga- and psychology-based techniques.
Many yoga classes treat yoga as a physical exercise. In my class, I focus not just on teaching you the poses, but also showing you how to breathe properly through them so that you really center yourself. I will also show you how to notice emotions in your body and how to calm them by directing your mind and controlling the breath. After taking my class, you will learn how to stay focused and centered in any anxiety-provoking situation.
2. You’ll take what you learned in class and apply it to your life in between sessions.
Ever taken a yoga class where different poses were demonstrated that you weren’t sure you were doing right then proceeded to forget when you left the class anyway? Well, my class isn’t like that. Aside from individual attention in class, I’ll also give you homework so you can practice what you learn outside of class. Homework will involve mentally scanning your body and noticing your feelings, and directing (versus just observing) your thoughts and feelings every day and in difficult situations. Don’t be surprised if you start looking forward to anxiety-provoking situations in your everyday life so that you can put your newfound skills to use!
3. You won’t feel left behind.
I am keeping the headcount purposely small so I can give you individual attention, as you need it in class. You don’t need to be athletic, as this is absolutely not a gym class — the actual physical movements will be gentle and only take about 15 minutes of group time.
Dr. Chloe Carmichael answers popular questions about the Yoga & Emotion group.
Your Questions Answered
Q: When is the class?
The Saturday section is completely booked- but there are still spots in the Tuesday evening group. Classes start on the first week of February. Click here for exact dates, times, and locations.
Q: Won’t yoga make me less competitive in business?
This is a fear many people have. They’re afraid that if they slow down and become peaceful and calm, they’ll lose their edge — that very thing that got them this far to begin with. Plus, other people might perceive them as weak or less competitive, they think.
This is a myth. Yoga doesn’t slow you down from everything you want to do — it grounds you internally so you can perform better. In fact, recent research has shown that yoga dispels anxiety, helps you perform better in social situations, and enables you to think and learn faster.
In other words, it makes you a more effective version of yourself — one that beats the odds against stress, one that sees people and obstacles more clearly, one that knows how to focus the mind toward each and every important goal. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already an achiever, and yoga will help you take your skills, drive, and clarity of purpose to the next level.
Q: What are your qualifications?
I have practiced yoga for 20 years and have been a certified yoga instructor since 2001. I’ve taken numerous courses and workshops in yoga at The Yoga Institute, Kripalu, Yoga Zone, and others, and I frequently integrate mindfulness meditation into my psychotherapeutic work with my clients. Combined with my Ph.D. in clinical psychologist, I’m really excited to offer this four-week group as a way to share my knowledge about yoga, psychology, and their overlap.
Q: Will my insurance cover it?
Because I am a clinical psychologist in addition to being a certified yoga instructor, this class is insurance-eligible. You can check your benefits here by filling out the form, and we will call your insurance and ask for you. We will be happy to check your benefits for you. If we already have your insurance information, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to check for you, or call the phone numbers below. If we don’t have your insurance information yet, you can easily submit it to us online at CheckMyBenefitsNow.com or by calling 212-729-3334 or 212-729-3922.
Q: I’ve tried yoga in the past and it hasn’t really “stuck.” Is this really for me?
If you want to see what Yoga & Emotion can do for you personally, give me a call today at 212-729-3334 or 212-729-3922. Even if you’ve had a bad experience in the past, I highly recommend you try again, whether it’s with me or someone else. Yoga has a number of serious benefits to your physical and mental health. In fact, I just wrote this blog about the the three incredible benefits researchers have most recently discovered — take a look! It’s truly worth a second chance, because if you invest in yourself today, you will reap the benefits forever.
We’re pleased to announce: The TUESDAY EVENING Yoga + Emotion workshop sessions will be hosted Oasis Day Spa, named “Best of New York” by New York Magazine!