MONDAY and FRIDAY
10:40 - 11:25 AM (45 min)
Come experience the style of Guided Meditation called "YOGA NIDRA." Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. The term Yoga Nidra is derived from two Sanskrit words: yoga meaning union or one-pointed awareness, and nidra which means sleep. During the practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wake-fulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously.
If the consciousness is able to be separated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways, for example, to develop the memory, increase knowledge and creativity, or transform one's nature. Yoga Nidra can be used for directing the mind to accomplish anything!
R - E - L - A - X
Yoga Nidra is a powerful form of guided meditation in which one learns to relax consciously. People may feel that they are relaxing when they collapse in an easy chair with their favorite drink, watch Netflix, and/or scroll through their cell phone. Yet this will never suffice as a scientific definition of relaxation. These are only sensory diversions. True relaxation is actually an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware. This is Yoga Nidra, the state of dynamic sleep.
Through the practice of yoga nidra, we are not only relaxing, but restructuring and reforming from the inside- out. With every session we are burning old patterns, habits and tendencies in order to be born anew. This process is not only much quicker than other systems which work on an external basis only, but the results are also more reliable and permanent.
During Yoga Nidra you will become familiar with the variety of techniques that are used, including the following:
CREATING A RESOLVE
This is a short, positive, powerful statement of one's personal choosing. It is found by going into the heart, and discovering the heart's desire. This is an integral part of every practice, and is repeated at both the beginning and the end of the session. It is said that the resolve that one makes during Yoga Nidra is bound to come true in one's life.
ROTATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
This is the progressive movement of awareness through parts of the body. The neurosurgeon affects the body by stimulating the brain. The practitioner of Yoga Nidra begins at the other end of the nerve pathway, by heightening the awareness of the body in order to stimulate the brain.
This induces physical relaxation, and clears the nerve pathways to the brain, both those governing physical activity and those concerned with incoming information. It truly is a 'cleaning' of the brain from the inside-out!
By practicing breath awareness, a state of sense withdrawal (pratyahara) and deep relaxation occur. Deep relaxation has been shown to be an altered state of perception. Once this state has been induced, the guided image visualization proceeds.
Guided imagery in Yoga Nidra is a method of using a symbol (archetype) or image as a catalyst to provoke a reaction in the unconscious parts of the mind. The subconscious and unconscious material of the mind is awakened and released to become integrated into consciousness.
Instructor: Joy Alexander
Please note: This class begins shortly after Gentle Yoga. You are encouraged to make this an "add-on" to your practice... or simply make this a stand-alone experience!