As the wind loves to call things to dance, may your gravity be lightened by grace - John O Donahue
Yoga Nidra is the jewel in the restorative crown of yoga therapy. It is an "effortless state of being" brought about by the practice itself.
Yoga Nidra is often referred to as the practice of 'yogic sleep' however it is paradoxically something we stay awake for through the duration of our practice. Similar to a deep state of meditation, we enter a liminal space of emptiness, with the use of specific techniques which allow the busy, chattering mind to come to rest and equilibrium. Once the mind is calmed, we enter into the rest and restore activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, creating homeostasis in the body once more.
Most of us are more accustomed to operating from our sympathetic 'fight or flight' system, flooded with adrenaline and cortisol to the point we no longer ever recognise the stress in our system, in fact, we perpetuate it with stimulants like coffee, sugar, endless activity and the avoidance of stillness, seeing it as an uncomfortable place to be. Over working, over achieving, striving and doing take precedent over the gentle art of resting and just being, however, it is critical that we bring these aspects into balance in order to function well and truly thrive.
Yoga Nidra sessions offer 1 hour respite from the busy-ness of life; we share a 40 minute Yoga Nidra and other restful healing practices. You will learn how to more fully incorporate stillness and rest into your life, so that you can learn how to activate these rest and restore states for yourself.
My Yoga Nidra practice is especially suitable for stress, adrenal burnout, chronic fatigue, ME, fibromyalgia, anxiety and interrupted sleep. It is also really helpful for low level depression and a sense of displaced personal identity, bringing you home to your true Inner Sanctuary, your body, heart and soul.
We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us - John O Donahue