This evening will begin with some gentle breathing techniques (also known as pranayama) to calm and balance the body and mind.
You will then be guided on how to set your self up comfortably in the supine (lying down) position for a guided 45 min yoga nidra or ‘yogic sleep’ practice.
Yoga nidra is a deeply restful practice that aims to relax your body, and nervous system, whilst training to keep your mind awake and alert. It is as if your body is asleep and your mind is sharply alert and awake.
The techniques offer a means to reduce the physiological and psychological reactions to stress. The result is a fully refreshed, centred, balanced and relaxed state of being.
Science has confirmed some specific benefits of regular yoga nidra practice, including:
- decreases in anxiety and depression
- improved blood pressure, heart rate variables, and hormone irregularitiesin women,
- reduced rage, anxiety, and emotional reactivity in servicemen with severe PTSD,
- fewer fluctuations in blood glucose levelsin people with type-2 diabetes
All welcome with no previous experience with yoga required.