Yoga Nidra is a progressive relaxation/body scan meditation practiced in a lying down position (savasana), also sometimes called “yoga sleep”. This form of meditation can be particularly useful for those who find sitting for longer periods of time uncomfortable.
Relaxation is first induced by focusing on the breath and acknowledging the body as a whole, listening to sounds and acknowledging sensation. The practitioner is then invited to choose a personal resolve or intention and it is repeated silently 3 times. Next the deep physical relaxation…which is attained through a guided rotation of awareness touching many parts of the body, helping to relax our perceiving centers in the brain. Once the body scan is complete, we return focus to the breath and to the initial sankalpa (intention/resolve) and then are gently brought back to the room. Each meditation will have a different theme (example love, trust, patience, compassion, etc.)
Some of the benefits to the practice of yoga Nidra include inducing calmness and clarity, reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, aiding in sleep, awakening the senses, improving mood and concentration, developing intuition/creativity and readjusting your way of thinking. I hope you will join me.
Participants are encouraged to bring yoga mats, blankets, pillows etc. Any props that would help you to be comfortable and warm in your stillness.
Please contact me if you would like to host a body scan meditation (yoga nidra) in your home. Small or large groups. We could also make it a SPA party where we would look more closely at how we take care of ourselves. Learn about the importance of water, make and use homemade beauty products, learn about essential oils, self massage, and of course, the body scan meditation.
The labyrinth represents our passage through time and experience. Its many turns reflect the journey of life, which involves changes of direction, transition, some uncertainty but also discovery and achievement. The labyrinth has a single path that leads unerringly to the center, showing us that no time or effort is ever wasted; if we stay on course, every step, however circuitous, however many turns, however distant it seems, takes us closer to our goal. Though there is no “required way” to walk the labyrinth, one must remain alert to stay on the path. This heightened awareness, combined with reduced mental activity, makes the labyrinth a pattern with a purpose, a tool to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation, or for personal growth. The turns of the labyrinth are thought to balance the two hemispheres of the brain, resulting in both physical and emotional healing.
As reaching the center is assured, walking the labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination, about being rather than doing, integrating body, mind, and spirit into one harmonious whole. The labyrinth meets each person where they are and helps them to take the next step on their spiritual path.
I invite you to spend time before yoga class at the Neighborhood Church walking the labyrinth. It can be completed in as little as 5 minutes or take up to 30 depending on the individual pace you set.