12:00 - 13:00
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, where the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of their inner world by following a set of verbal instructions provided by the instructor. Neither a technique, nor a practice, Yoga Nidra is a process for entering into an effortless state of being. Although literally translated it means ‘yogic sleep’, in fact it is not a sleep, but an awakening.
Yoga Nidra is a deeply nourishing and relaxing guided meditation. To begin, the student finds an optimal relaxation position supported by props (typically supported savasana with blankets and eye pillows) and is guided into a state of deep relaxation by following instructions provided by the teacher. The class typically involves poetry recitation and gentle music. The only requirement of the student is to relax and listen!
The practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain also respond well. It has also been used to help with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Yoga Nidra is a great treasure, a potent meditative resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. It's a state of consciousness in which we are invited to re-encounter the essential truth of who we really are. Yoga Nidra provides us with the opportunity to experience deep freedom. It welcomes us all home to ourselves.” – Dr. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Yoga Nidra Network.
This class is open to everyone and no prior yoga experience is required.