Yoga Nidra (also known as “yogic sleep”) is the practice of attaining the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, through a systematic guided meditation with awareness placed carefully on different areas of the body. Said to be as old as the practice of yoga itself, Yoga Nidra can help reduce anxiety and stress; relax the mind, body and nervous system; prompt a sense of joy and wellbeing; boost creativity; and aid in emotional healing.
Yoga Nidra is a purely mental practice, done simply by lying comfortably and listening to follow the guided instructions for one’s attention. It is a mild withdrawal or ‘turning inward’ of the senses (other than hearing), while progressively becoming aware of one’s inner world. The result is conscious awareness of the ‘deep sleep’ state, in which you are awake and aware, yet deeply relaxed.
In this beginner-friendly workshop, we’ll begin with a discussion about the history and practice of Yoga Nidra, its challenges and benefits, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions. Before we start the practice, we’ll help the body relax with some very gentle guided stretches (optional), to release tension and prepare the body to accept Yoga Nidra. We’ll then take a comfortable lying position and explore the practice together. Afterward, you’ll have an opportunity to share your experience and ask questions.
This is an accessible practice, appropriate for all bodies and fitness levels, no yoga experience necessary.
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Michelle Deane infuses her yoga classes with mindfulness, physical and mental balance, body awareness and learning to actively synchronize the breath with movement. She incorporates classic yoga philosophy into her classes and promotes an environment of growth, support and self-discovery. Her primary goal with yoga instruction is to help students to identify and reach their goals as well as develop an understanding of the mind-body connection. At the same time, Michelle also encourages students to challenge themselves, as they will often be amazed at what they can achieve. Michelle has studied various yoga styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga and Viniyoga. She graduated from the YogaWorks Teacher Training Program and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology.