Dec 16, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018
Yoga Nidra is the ancient Yogic practice of ‘conscious sleep’ or ‘sleep meditation.’ This practice has many of the same benefits as seated meditation while mostly avoiding the difficulties that beginners experience when first trying to meditate.
When practicing Yoga Nidra, you are guided by a facilitator into a deeply relaxed state. The practice is usually done laying down, however ultimately can be done in any comfortable position. This quality makes Yoga Nidra the perfect meditation practice for first-time meditators or people who have had difficulty meditating in the past. However, don’t let its accessibility fool you. Yoga Nidra is a very profound and powerful Yogic technique that can help facilitate personal change and transformation on every level of human experience be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
While superficially, most people report feeling very relaxed after a Yoga Nidra practice, therapeutically Yoga Nidra has proven to be very good for conditions related to stress and trauma like PTSD and ADHD. There have been studies done that show that just 11 hours of Yoga Nidra practice are enough to cause measurable changes in the brain. According to the Yogic tradition, however, the effects of Yoga Nidra potentially reach far beyond just the therapeutic. Its results can be genuinely life-changing by facilitating personal changes in long-standing habit-patterns and disempowering beliefs thus helping us manifest the life we always wanted. Beyond this, Yoga Nidra can help us access the unfathomable experience of spiritual realization which takes us beyond the physical benefits to the true meaning of Yoga which is reunification with our true nature, essence, or source. All of this is possible with a consistent and repeated Yoga Nidra practice.
This workshop will be held at Yoga Works in Dunwoody from 4p to 7p on Sunday, December 16th. We will begin with a two-hour Yin Yoga practice as Yin among all asana styles uniquely prepares us for Yoga Nidra by relaxing the body and calming the mind. We will then do a 45 minute Yoga Nidra session complete with intention, breathing, body scans, and more.
Afterward stay for the live-music Kirtan at 7:30p (a form of yogic mantra practice that uses call and response chanting in Sanskrit with music). Offered by Douglas Johnson & The Mahāpatha Players this Kirtan will be FREE of charge to participants of the Yin & Yoga Nidra workshop (a $10 value). All practices will be lead by Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP.
About Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP.
Douglas Johnson has studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley, the man who gave the practice its name. Paul wrote the first book about Yin Yoga back in 2002 and Douglas has been studying with him since 2013. Douglas is also a certified Advanced Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator and has been teaching Yoga and Meditation since 2000.