I am running a six week Yoga Nidra course, beginning on the 2nd June. This will be held on Thursdays at 5.30pm in the Gilmour Lounge at the Levin Uniting Church.
For those not familiar with this practice here is a brief description:
Yoga Nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that's becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation and unique combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation. The literal translation of Nidra is sleep. However, yoga Nidra is a dynamic state, not the unconscious sleep of night time. It is a practice that is simple and available to anyone. Leading up to the Yoga Nidra at the conclusion of the class will be some very relaxing stretches and poses. In this meditative practice, we are practicing letting go, surrendering, and simply being here—in this moment—-in our own skin.
On the most basic level, Yoga Nidra relaxes, rejuvenates and renews the physical body by cultivating awareness and access to the body. It also empowers the practitioner to eliminate unconscious obstructions and energetic blocks that prevent us from living life to it's fullest. Yoga Nidra works by immersing your brain in the healing rhythms of the alpha state. Here, you simultaneously access the power of the logical left brain and the intuitive, insightful right brain, and align you sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems to restore the body and mind to homeostasis.
BENEFITS OF YOGA NIDRA
Modern life is bringing us face to face with more and more stress. We carry tensions both within the physical body and on even deeper levels in the subtle bodies which we are not even aware of. While physical tension can be eased by stretching, exercise, or massage, subtle tensions are difficult to recognize and even harder to release. Yoga Nidra is a unique method that goes below surface tensions to release and transform stress at its deepest level.