Where: Grace Place 637 S. Dearborn 2nd Flr Sanctuary
When: Saturday, June 2 1:00PM – 3:00PM
The beautiful, zen-like space at Grace Place is an ideal venue for this energizing, refreshing and relaxing practice.
We will have a gentel warmup with sun salutations and then expoloe safe inversions and balances. This will help prepare us for the mediation portion of the nidra. You will be refreshed and feel a sense of deep calmness and relaxation afterwards.
We will have some deep-relaxation inducing crystal bowl sounds and vibrational music to facilitate the period of meditation (Nidra).
Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four of his or her senses internalized, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi.
Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one’s actual environment.
The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness (I can relate to this one!), chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
NOTE: A 2 blocks and blanket are highly recommended (if possible, please bring your own blocks and blanket as there are limited quantities in the space). Also, I will provide 10 silk eye pillows during class. First-in gets the silk pillow! Alternatively, you can bring your own eye-pillow or a small face towel to allow for a sense of inner space that is created by blocking out the ambient light.
Please avoid a large me at least 2 hours before class. Lighter foods like non-oily nuts and fruits are best 🙂