Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. You can practice it in any comfortable position, ideally lying down, even in your bed! The practice draws our attention inwards, away from the outer world of phenomena and into our own sense of being-ness. During the practice we drift between the states of wakefulness and deep rest, sometimes sleep, allowing our body to find its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis). The breath becomes easeful and soft as the unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves allowing us to fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness.
In this class we'll begin with some gentle, mindful movements and simple breath work to release physical and mental tensions and prepare ourselves for the practice of yoga nidra.
As we rest in stillness, we can turn our attention easily and effortlessly to the very nature of awareness and consciousness. We start to experience the ‘deeper’ features of yogic teachings such as feeling our interconnected wholeness and becoming aware of our true, unified nature – expansive, inclusive, and deeply restful.
Yoga Nidra takes us effortlessly into a state of harmonious, restful being-ness where deep healing is possible. We are restored and awaken to the deepest aspects of unbounded, limitless selves.
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If you could join 10-15 mins before the start time, that should give us time to check all the technology is working smoothly and say hello!
You will need:
- A yoga mat or if you don’t have, a rough rug eg turning one over to practice on the underside – you will be able to get away without one if you don’t have!
- You may be asked to have a bolster, stack of towels or firm cushion handy for supported practices
- A blanket or towel for under your head
- Another blanket handy to put over you in savasana should you wish to be cosy – you can also use an eye pillow or scarf over your eyes at this point
Do let me know of any physical issues before the class if you haven’t before or if new issues have arisen if you have been in touch; I note issues with your name, so no need to repeat if the same needs apply. I teach in a way where you’ll have plenty of room to back off or modify as you need, let me know after the first class if you need any more specific advice after the class.
Looking forward to seeing you then!