Wishing everyone a bright and beautiful July. I've just returned from a very special family vacation in California--where I also completed a 4-day Yoga Nidra certification course. Yoga Nidra is an ancient yoga practice that brings practitioners to a state of relaxed awareness--and provides a vehicle for the conscious creation and manifestation of restoration and self-healing. (For more information on this amazing practice, click on Read more below!)
I'm excited to be returning for a 3rd summer to sub the Slow Flow Yoga class on Thursday mornings at Body Grace in Vienna starting July 13th. Class is from 11:00-12:15 pm. Looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces there.
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This summer newsletter is really coming in the thick of summer, rather than its infancy. Today is July 4th. The last month was a whirlwind of returning from my yoga therapy studies in Canada, closing out the school year and my career as a preschool teacher, celebrating my oldest son’s graduation, flying to California to take a 4-day Yoga Nidra certification course, joining family and my 2 boys to spread my late mother’s ashes, and taking in So. California attractions with my Dad and brother. In short, a whirlwind of sacred time of connecting, learning, and loving.
During my Yoga Nidra training in CA I was thinking about how our bodies are in a constant state of response, of action, of doing. It is almost like the body has forgotten how to be in a state of relaxed being and of feeling. Yet that state of being and feeling is really the RESET for our body-mind. It is what restores and heals.
The Yoga Nidra certification course I took teaches how to reset the body mind and enter into a state of conscious relaxation. Yoga Nidra is an ancient yoga practice where the practitioner essentially enters into middle state of consciousness (in science speak – in the brain state of theta and alpha waves,) a place between our ‘normal’ actively awake and deep sleep states. In this middle state of relaxed consciousness, practitioners can become more in tune with what the body/mind really needs--by recognizing and releasing areas of holding, control or tension, and consciously creating and manifesting inner healing. Yes . . .finally giving the body mind a calm space to witness, explore and dissolve physical sensations, thoughts and feelings that no longer serve. This place can be more effective than sleep in helping the body to restore; and regular practice has been linked to reducing stress and improving well-being as a complementary therapy tool for a variety of diseases and conditions.
I can say that the opportunity to spend 4 days teaching and receiving Yoga Nidra practice felt delicious. It was also incredibly inspiring to learn how these practices have been shown to aid in healing and can be used to empower others for greater wellbeing. In other words, I’m hooked. :)
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