Yoga Nidra Relaxation & Meditation Classes
Starting Wednesday 5th June, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at The Senhouse Centre, Whitehaven.
Yoga Nidra translates as 'yogic sleep' or the 'sleep of yoga'.
During Yoga Nidra, you're guided to a state of complete relaxation to both the body & mind; it is a form of deep relaxation, meditation and visualisation.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful practice to relax and restore you physically, emotionally & mentally.
It can help with conditions such as stress, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, bringing your body & mind back into complete balance and a state of deep rest & rejuvenation.
Make some time for you to switch off & recharge.
What Is Yoga Nidra?
'Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously; it is an effortless state of being in true relaxation'.
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation; it does not focus on asanas (postures) but on deep relaxation.
During the practice of Yoga Nidra, you appear to be asleep, but your consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness – you enter a deep state of conscious sleep; you go into a profound state of relaxation, all the while remaining totally aware throughout.
Relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences; by moving to state of 'non-doing'.
Yoga Nidra is the most restorative and relaxing techniques and has many physical, emotional and mental benefits.
You are lying down for the entire practice and guided through a very specific routine and guided meditations & visualisations that promote deep relaxation - leaving you feeling refreshed, restored and very relaxed.
Yoga Nidra is an ‘adaptogen’ meaning it adapts to what you need at the time of the practice – if you are tired, it will help you sleep; if you are stressed, it will help to relieve worries and anxieties; if you are feeling under the weather, it will help your body replenish and heal.
The practice of Yoga Nidra connects you to your true self. It can open up creative ideas; help you solve problems or answer questions and release any negative patterns of behaviour.
Why Yoga Nidra?
“Yoga nidra allows us to reach the most profound level of relaxation possible; it opens a doorway to a place where we can see ourselves and our lives in the most positive light.” Rod Stryker– International yoga teacher, who has been teaching yoga nidra since the mid-1990s and who writes about it in his book, The Four Desires.
Yoga Nidra and Me
I practiced Yoga Nidra on and off for a few years, but never committed to a regular practice, even though I found it to be so relaxing and could feel the benefits of it, both on a physical and emotional level.
That all changed a couple of years ago when I was going through a very stressful time in my life; lots of things were going on and I knew I needed to just stop and find a way to fully relax before I made myself ill.
It was at this point I began to do Yoga Nidra again, only this time I committed to a more regular practice and set aside an hour twice a week. I began to feel the benefits immediately, so I continued 2-3 times a week, every week. I noticed a huge difference after just a couple of weeks - I felt so much calmer, more in control, was sleeping better, had more energy, I had a happier outlook on life and my sense of overall wellbeing increased. I was also aware that my usual constant worries, over-thinking, anxieties and feelings of stress had improved considerably.
Put simply, I began to feel like myself again!
This is when I decided to train and study to be a Yoga Nidra teacher – I wanted to share the very real and profound benefits with others, and start teaching Yoga Nidra classes.
Regular, consistent practice of Yoga Nidra is restorative and healing on many levels to your body, mind and emotions. It connects you to your inner self – your true self and can help you to let go of any negative thought patterns and behaviours, as well as boosting concentration and creativity.
Yoga Nidra is truly the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. If you would like any further information on this amazing practice, please get in touch via the contact page.
'Unlike other forms of meditation, in which you focus on a mantra or on your breath, Yoga Nidra asks you simply to let go.'