Kim Saunders is holding a workshop Saturday, June 25 called “Ah, Savasana” at Plum Tree Yoga. This workshop will explore yoga nidra–or, yogic sleep. Here, she explains the practice and why you should take some time to reduce tensions and relax a little. To pre-register for the workshop, please visit the Plum Tree website!
By Kim Saunders
You know the drill: It’s 5PM….you look at your stack of un-returned phone calls, inbox full of unread messages and the big project that has to be completed by Friday. Your jaw locks up and you realize you’re holding your breath.
Are you in this club?
If so, the dues you pay for this kind of life add up over time. Our nervous systems can barely handle the accumulation of adrenaline and cortisol caused by stress. Our muscles begin to hurt and our minds become unclear.
Little-known but powerful yoga nidra practice combats the perils of everyday life.
Yoga nidra is the practice of yogic sleep with awareness. You’re probably familiar with this concept through savasana. But even savasana gets short end of the stick, as some teachers have been known to skip it or give only a short three-minute one. This is not beneficial to allow the student to completely let go of any residual tension after their practice.
Given the present time, it’s more important than ever to include a healthy amount of time for rest. Yoga nidra steps in right on cue to do that. Building yoga nidra into your yoga practice allows you to experience full integration of your mind and body. If you’ve never enjoyed a yoga nidra experience, the student lies in savasana and is guided in a meditation by the teacher. It is a systematic method of complete relaxation–the antidote to our over stimulated world.
For a deeper experience of rest and stress reduction, attending a yoga nidra class will help greatly reduce tensions in the body and mind. Give yoga nidra a shot – your blissed-out body, mind and soul will thank you!