An energetic flow class tailored to get you in tune with the body and mind. Drawing inspiration from various Yoga and calisthenic movements, this class is designed to free the body so our minds can take on any challenges that life throws at us.
Yoga Nidra, at the Yoga Space, Leeds 7.15-8.30pm Please book through the Yogaspace website.
"Yoga Nidra is a state of complete bodily relaxation,
in which the mind rests in a suspended state
awake, yet calm, and free of all distraction.
The body, senses and material mind are magnetized."
Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati
"The great difference between a yogi and an ordinary man is that he has awakened a dormant faculty in man called awareness, whereas the ordinary man has not. He is always aware. He is called a drastha – a seer. He is the witnesser of events. Your aim on the path to realising and awakening your dormant potential should be to gradually unfold this faculty of awareness within you. Become a seer.” Paramhansa Satyananda, from “Lessons in Nidra”
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a wonderful deep relaxation which supports your asana (physical yoga) practise and helps you find deep rest and stillness helping reduce daily stress but teaching pratyahara, turning your attention inward for your own healing awareness.
Connect internally, and find a sense of calm in the mind and body, releasing muscle tension, lower blood pressure, slow down heart rate and regulate breathing. It’s rejuvenating and a great way to re-charge your batteries.
We will start with light seated stretches to prepare the body, sense into our intention with ancient mantra, then lay down in Shavasana (corpse pose) with blankets and as many pillows as you wish to deeply rest your body while you are guided through a journey of inner discovery.
The 8 stages of the Yoga Nidra Practice:
1) Internalization / Relaxation – preliminary preparation of the body.
2) Affirmation (Sankalpa) – A personal goal previously decided upon is declared silently. 3) Rotation of Consciousness – the consciousness is taken on a tour of the whole body in a structured fashion.
4) Respiration awareness – a period of awareness of the breath at special positions in the body.
5) Manifestations of Opposites – pairs of feelings and emotions are experienced.
6) Creative Visualization – Various Archetypal images are visualized mentally.
7) Affirmation (Sankalpa) is repeated and, now in a highly suggestible state of consciousness, is programmed into the subconscious mind.
8.) Externalization / Return to Full Awareness – a careful and gradual return to a normal state.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
immediate physical benefits, such as reduced stress and better sleep
brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity
has the potential to heal psychological wounds
joy and well-being
one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight
aids emotional healing