Ruminating On Rumi

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.

~ M. Rumi

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Body & Soul Yoga


Half Hour Hatha;
Half Hour Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is described by Richard Miller in his book of the same name, as "The Meditative Heart of Yoga". 
In our hyperactive, hyper-connected world, we are experiencing greater levels then ever of stress and dis-ease, both acute and chronic. With these many and varied modern stresses and fears many of us are in a constant and habitual state of heightened     anxiety. 
Some scientists and doctors believe that up to 90% of all disease is caused by “stress”. 
We live in a Type A society and time when if we are not constantly on high overload,  multitasking and accomplishing there is something wrong. Napping, resting, relaxation, being still are thought of as a waste of time. 
Now, one of the biggest noninterventionist recommendations from many doctors is that of meditation. Meditation essentially is being still and being present with “what is”. Yoga Nidra is an easy and astonishingly comfortable experience of meditation. 
In the words of my mentor Jenn Piercy: “Yoga Nidra provides a way of contacting and resting within Pure Awareness as it exists beneath the waking and dreaming or imagery states of mind. It refers to a yogic practice as well as the state of conscious deep dreamless sleep it is meant to induce - a wakeful state of deep introversion and inner awareness.”
Dr Milller writes:
“Yoga Nidra is a time-honored, re-educational process that teaches you how to blend profound relaxation with innate wisdom into every moment of your waking life. The practice of Yoga Nidra leads to sweeping changes within your mind and body, as well as in all of your interpersonal relationships. It’s a fundamental resource for transforming your physical health as well as reshaping your personal, interpersonal and professional relationships.”
There is much research and history on Yoga Nidra. However, the best research is personal experience. Do wear comfortable warm clothing. Bring an open mind, your yoga mat, a blanket, any other props, (pillow, bolster, eye pillow) that will help you melt into the moment.
Metta Yoga Studio ~ 1314a esquimalt road
Wednesdays ~ 5:30pm  ~ 6:30
$14 Drop in