Autumnal Equinox Nidra
lead by Morgan Herum
Friday, September 23, 2016
The Autumnal Equinox is a time of balance between light and dark hours of the day. Times of darkness are optimal for dreaming up intentions, and during light times, we work to manifest these intentions into reality. As we are harvesting the fruit of our labor literally out of the garden and metaphorically out of life, it is a time of celebrating our accomplishments. As the dark hours lengthen, plants transition to their dormant cycles, making the Autumnal Equinox the opportune moment to check in with your Self, reflect, and to let lie dormant that which doesn't serve you. By practicing practicing Yoga Nidra, we stay in tune with the seasons, taking much needed rest after ripe and bustling summers.
Yoga nidra is a practice of yogic sleep, in which the practitioner reaches the deepest state of relaxation while maintaining a fully lucid consciousness. Yoga nidra is a great practice to develop a deeper relationship with your Self, while cleansing the body and mind of tension, anxiety, and any associated physical symptoms, including headaches, neck tension, and digestion disruptions. Yoga nidra, when practiced regularly, has proven in various studies to be healing for those surviving insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. Also, it has been stated that one hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to four hours of normal sleep!
You will be first guided through a pranayama and mantra practice to center and ground yourself in preparation for yoga nidra. Following, you will lie in savasana for a yoga nidra practice that will journey between an awakened state and a deep sleep of the body. Expect to feel totally relaxed and free from all external situations, circumstances, etc. Bring any blankets, pillows, and warm clothing for the practice to ensure comfort as it is normal for body temperature to drop and to cushion the hardness of the floor.
Cost: $20 preregistration $25 at the door