YOGA NIDRA is a beautiful relaxation and meditation method that helps you deeply relax, rejuvenate, and therefore energize. It also increases your awareness and thus your ability to be truly present and calm. Taught at AHA! Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition, this approach to Yoga Nidra leads you to a wakeful awareness that allows your MIND as well as your body to deeply rest.
Yoga Nidra is also known as “Yogic Sleep.” This simple sequence is also referred to as “Exercise without Movement,” as the subtle motions can be practiced by any body. It was designed by Swami Rama, and has been passed along to his students. Virginia Hill, your AHA Yoga teacher, learned it from her teacher, Rolf Sovik.
This class is mainly about relaxation, as the body-mind must be fully relaxed and nourished to experience deeper states of meditation. We will do a few standing warm-ups—think 1970s gym class! Shaking wrists, knees, arms, shoulders, marching, lengthening arms overhead. These are very simple: people with basic mobility to walk and get up and down from the floor can do this. This routine is easier than common yoga poses. Then we lie on the floor and first do two calming breath awareness practices. Next are some simple exercises such as lifting legs and arms, squeezing glutes, for example. The next step, also down lying down, is a tension-release exercise (hence the “exercise with no movement” moniker), another full-body breath exercise, and then a guided point-visualization technique. Finally, there is a guided meditation that leads to the resting consciousness state of Yoga Nidra, a brief yet intense meditation.
Want to save your place in our next YOGA NIDRA on Sunday, September 17, 2017? Check out this link here to the Rest-Relax-Rejuvenate page and pay on-line, or send us a message.