WHAT IS YOGA NIDRA?
Yoga Nidra is a guided, systematic meditation practise that induces complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. The physical body is led into a relaxed state while the mind remains alert and aware.
Scientifically speaking, Yoga Nidra switches us out of our “flight or fight” mode and induces our body’s relaxation response, which is its natural state of healing and rejuvenation. Research has shown that when meditation is done regularly it has the potential to strengthen our immune system, reduce our risk of serious stress-related ailments such as heart disease and hypertension, reduce signs of aging, and increase our psychological health & well-being.
Yoga Nidra is unlike regular Yoga practice where you place your body into a series of postures. It is done lying down in a comfortable position on the floor. Through this simple guided meditation, the physical body is led into a relaxed sleep state while the mind remains alert and aware. The beauty of this practice is that ANYONE can do it and you cannot do it wrong!
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WHAT IS SOMATIC YOGA ?
Exercises based on body awareness:( proprioception-we bring the perception to the interior) Using an attitude of exploration rather than “performance”, we investigate what the movement feels like rather than the position of the body. Looking at “how do I coordinate movements?” and “how do I incorporate the breath?” we concentrate on the sensations of the movements. While much of yoga involves stretching the muscles, somatic yoga centers on feeling them! Somatic Movement also provides a sensory feedback loop from the brain: you’ll teach your brain to notice when muscles are contracted, and then educate the muscles to fully release and work in a more energy-efficient and pain-free manner.
It is not just about stretching and strengthening : the problem isn’t that the muscles are short or weak, it’s that they’re exhausted from being constantly over-contracted. Once your muscles have been released and retrained in how to move correctly, they will then become naturally strong again.
Somatic yoga can address many back issues, it is easy on the knees, an ongoing practice can help alleviate chronic pain and it can calm and center the mind and body.
WHAT CAN PRACTICING YOGA FOR STRESS & ANXIETY DO FOR YOU?
A profound experience of muscular, mental and emotional relaxation.
Soothes the autonomic nervous system.
Helps create new neuro pathways which lead to healthy habits and routines.
Increases quality and amount of sleep.
Improves creativity and whole brain functioning.
Enhances mental focus, and attention span.
Reduces the suffering of chronic pain.
Creates more ease and peace of mind in daily life
Fewer physical symptoms, such as headaches and back pain
Fewer emotional responses, such as anger and frustration
Greater ability to handle problems
More efficiency in daily activities
An evening of Yoga Nidra will be held monthly. Pre- registration is required.
Class begins with gentle somatic flow exercises and concludes with the Yoga Nidra guided meditation.
If lying on your back is problematic for you, a lounge chair can be made available.
*** Yoga Nidra classes are on hiatus until the Fall***