Suitable for all levels and abilities
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January 10 - March 28, 2021
7 - 8:15 pm
•• no class February 14 ••
Gentle Movement & Yoga Nidra
The intention of this class is to provide deeply nourishing and relaxing techniques to restore body and soul.
We open with gentle seated movement; restorative yoga poses lead to yoga nidra - a sensory-based practice involving body awareness and tension release, as well as guided visualization and breathing techniques.
Prepare a spot ahead of time with plenty of pillows and blankets on hand to add comfort and support. Please do your best to keep household distractions at a minimum.
Please note: Yoga nidra can activate deep emotions and even trigger unexpected trauma responses. Your experiences are real, valid, and respected and you are welcome to discuss them with me privately or as a member of the practice group. My degree in depth psychology, extensive training and practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and certification in clinical hypnotherapy allow me to provide you with a well-informed, safe yoga nidra practice and support you in learning to relax tension, elevate self-regard, and modify stress responses in daily life.
Contact me if you have special set up requirements or want suggestions for accommodating your needs.
Shown above: a simple setup for sivasana or yoga nidra using three cotton blankets (one under each arm and a rolled blanket under the knees), a firm head support to keep the face level if needed, and two small household cushions. You may need more or less, or a different configuration to find optimal comfort. I often use folded soft washcloths for tucking under shoulders or to place over eyes to darken. The whole body should feel completely at rest. Place hands lightly on the belly if it provides more comfort through the shoulders or arms.
Have a blanket or shawl for placing over you as well, as we can cool quickly when on the floor and still.
If you are not comfortable resting on your back for over 30-40 minutes you will be guided to a side-lying position.
Please note: It is necessary to go from a sitting position to a lying position to transfer from movement to yoga nidra; if you need assistance for this at home, please make arrangements with your helper ahead of time at around 7:40.
Practice setting up a few times beforehand so you can get comfortable easily during class. This saves time in the long run and classes can start more calmly for you.
Choose your props and
set up carefully.
We strive to sit with a balanced, engaged, and elongated spine.
It is important that you feel safe and comfortable for your practice. Don't be discouraged if this takes a bit of trial and error.
Please feel free to contact me for individual set-up assistance, if desired.
Get yourself a new set of tea towels and washcloths for use as effective props for therapeutic movement and restorative poses.
One or 2 soft blanket layers on your mat can make a big difference for comfort and movement on the floor.
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