Why I Love Yoga Nidra

I love magic and mystery and Yoga Nidra is magical and mysterious.

I love juxtapositions and Yoga Nidra invites us to see opposites working together.

I love feeling grounded in the body but yet expansive and Yoga Nidra creates both.

I love the process of self-discovery and increased self-awareness and Yoga Nidra fosters these.

I love new experiences that can be challenging but are so worth it and Yoga Nidra does that.

I love feeling more solid in myself yet connected with all that it and that’s what Yoga Nidra does for me.

New Year, New Mind

As we move into the new year, the new decade, each of us has the opportunity to wipe away the old and intentionally step forward into the new. Meditation practice offers the same benefit, the opportunity to step out of the conditioned patterns of the mind and step into a new space of being, a new relationship with the moment.
 
Meditation practice is central to the practices of yoga and, in fact, IS the point of the practice itself, creating space between the thoughts. Put simply, meditation is a practice in which we train our minds to maintain a steady focus in order to strengthen our attention, deepen our awareness, and cultivate happiness, well-being, and stable peace of mind.
 
We are fortunate to have a teacher with the skill and knowledge of meditation practices that Lynn Rossy brings to the studio. If you desire to begin or cultivate a deeper practice of meditation I invite you to join her for Intro to Meditation on Tuesdays in January. Learn more and register below:
 
 
May we all find inner peace and joy in the coming year. ~ Susan

Deep Stretch

All Levels

This experiential class utilizes asanas (postures), several meditation practices and pranayama (breathing techniques) to slowly open the body and direct awareness inward. A quiet, slow-paced class ideal for all levels of students, Deep Stretch emphasizes holding postures longer so the muscles can relax, leading to deeper states of clarity and freedom of movement. The class assumes no prior knowledge, experience or specific level of flexibility or strength and is open to all interested in exploring the deeper practices of yoga. In this class all or most postures are done on the floor. Saturday 10:30 

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Restore and Connect

This class begins with 30 minutes of restorative yoga poses which help unwind and release stored tension in the body in a gentle and supportive way. A strong focus on the breath cultivates a calm, open and introspective experience and settles the mind. We build on this foundation, using Pranayama (breathing exercises), to consciously direct, focus and balance our energy. These practices are preparation for a deep meditation in the last 15-20 minutes of class. Using these techniques we enhance our awareness of our own deep knowing and develop a sense of equanimity, an ability to stay open and engage in the reality of every moment no matter what life brings. Friday Noon

Yoga Nidra

 Restorative, Meditative

Yoga Nidra, an ancient Tantric Yoga practice (literally “sleep of the yogis”), is a method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation while remaining totally alert and aware. Yoga Nidra is practiced to reduce stress, overcome insomnia, solve personal problems, resolve trauma, and overcome fear, anger and depression. As well, it is an experience of inquiry and meditation designed to facilitate awakening to one’s true nature. Yoga Nidra is a reclining, guided mediation. No asana (postures) are done in yoga nidra. Wednesday Noon

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