Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. Stress is our body’s response to pressure. It is often triggered when we experience something new or unexpected, when we feel a threat, or when we feel we have little control over a situation.

Sometimes, this stress response can be useful, like when we have to respond to a difficult or dangerous situation.  Our stress hormones will usually go back to normal quickly once the stressful event is over, and there won’t be any lasting effects. However, too much stress or ongoing stress can cause negative effects. Long term, this can affect our physical and mental health.

Let the Y help you find ways to alleviate stress levels.  By learning to cope, building physical strength, or taking time to decompress, you can help your mind-body stay resilient and healthy. 



Yoga For Stress

Yoga for Stress is offered on the YMCA class schedule and free to all members.  Yoga for Stress focuses on relieving stress, tension, and anxiety through connection to breath, meditation, and practicing non-judgment of ourselves and others. This class will help to counter your stress response system and provide tools and techniques to manage stress.

See the Group Exercise Schedule for class times.

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Center For Mind-Body Medicine

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) program is for anyone who has endured psychological trauma and/or stress. Evidence-based strategies are used to relieve personal and professional stress, transform trauma, and promote lifelong health. The CMBM approach heals individual trauma and builds community-wide resilience.

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