Yoga Nidra - Deep Relaxation for Stress Relief
Yoga Nidra is a research-based practice of deep relaxation, guided imagery, and meditative inquiry that focuses on systematic relaxation of the body and allows the mind to enter a state of deep, meditative awareness. Expect to be led through a unique sequence of gentle stretches, then you will be guided through different stages of relaxation.
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The meditative state of Yoga Nidra induces changes in brainwaves, shifting from the awake Beta states to the Alpha states associated with deep physical relaxation, and Theta states, which are associated with concentration and meditation.
With repeated practice, the Theta waves are followed by Delta waves where practitioners experience deep non-REM sleep but remain aware of their surroundings. In this state, thinking dissolves, and the mind becomes very malleable. The practitioner has more ability to shape the power of the mind field according to their intention. This is valuable in processes of learning and self-healing.
We gain access to our brain’s creative potential, and it’s not unusual to come out of the practice with answers to questions, or solutions to previously held problems.
We live in a world full of stimulation. Chronic stress is epidemic. Yoga Nidra activates the relaxation response, making it an excellent technique for stress management and prevention of burnout. It reduces chronic tension, strengthens the immune system, builds resilience, and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. It may be used to reduce blood pressure or deal with migraine headaches, among others.
Suitable for beginning and experienced students, this class is highly inclusive and open to anyone. No previous yoga or meditation experience necessary. Advanced registration recommended.