No previous experience is necessary.
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, as it is also known, is a guided meditation taking you on a journey into your inner self. It is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional stillness.
During Yoga Nidra the body rests deeply as the mind progressively becomes more aware of the inner world. This is achieved through following a series of verbal invitations to bring you into a state of mindful awareness.
You will be invited to rotate your awareness around the body, becoming aware of the physical, emotional and sensing aspects of yourself. During the practice, you may appear to be asleep in a comfortable position of rest, even though your consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. This is what gives rise to the term yogic sleep.
It is in this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness that connection between the subconscious and unconscious dimensions may occur spontaneously because there is a detachment from external stimuli and internalisation of awareness. When consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways, for example: development of memory, increased knowledge, or creativity.
The practice will leave you feeling calm and at ease with a deep sense of wellbeing.
About the Yoga offered:
Yoga and Relaxation
Rest your body...
Calm you mind..
Find peace and ease
The unique style of Yoga you will experience here incorporates:
Add elements of Restorative and Slow Yoga and the result is a gentle blend of rest and nurturing to rejuvenate your body, replenish your energy and calm your mind.
Slow yoga not only calms and centres you, it changes your neurology and increases your resilience, so that you're able to deal with any challenges that cross your path in a way that is more beneficial for your health and wellbeing.
Classes begin with a relaxing meditation, to quieten your busy mind and help calm you from the demands of your everyday life, before moving into a series of slow movements combining with the breath to create inner peace and harmony.
Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities and will help you feel more able to adapt to the challenges you face in your life, build your resilience, finding acceptance and flexibility in your body, mind and spirit. As you move through the postures you will become more mindful of your breath and begin to feel more calm and at ease.
slow, gentle movement
breath work and
What you'll need:
You won't need much to enjoy these classes:
If you're attending a face-to-face class in Wonga Park:
Everything is provided:
anything you need for your comfort.
Of course, if you'd prefer to bring your own then you are very welcome to do that.
If you're joining me on Zoom, it would be good to have:
A quiet place where you can let go of external distractions
something to go on the floor underneath you - a yoga mat, if you have one or a blanket or towel work well too.
A blanket to keep you warm and cosy during the meditation.
Books or cans of food make great blocks.
Cushions, pillows or rolled up blankets can be used as bolsters.