Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 1:30 – 2:45pm
Cost: $30 for members and $40 for non-members
Where: Swampscott Church of Spiritualism, 59 Burrill St, Swampscott
The first half of this workshop will be a gentle yoga class. This will help prepare your body for Yoga Nidra. It begins with a series of gentle spinal movements, moving your spine in the six (6) directions: spinal extension, flexion, lateral side bending and twisting. You will then move through a series of poses (asanas) that are non-strenuous, quiet and meditative in nature. It is a softer, slower and more relaxed yoga practice. Once this is done, your body is read to completely relax for 35 minutes of yoga nidra.
Yogi Sally Kempton describes Yoga Nidra as “the inner space where we experience connection to the whole, opening to the vastness of consciousness, the space of the heart.”
Yoga Nidra is an ancient yogic science of deep relaxation also known as “yogic sleep” or “sleep of the yogis”. It is performed in savasana (laying on your back), completely supported by blankets and/or pillows so that you are complete relaxed. It is a journey through a transformational state between wakefulness and deep sleep, aka “twilight” sleep, which allows you to release tensions accumulated in every layer of your being. Because you are completely relaxed, it allows unconscious barriers to be removed and for holistic and transformational healing to occur. Yoga Nidra can offer the same benefits as 3-4 hours of restful sleep.
Yoga Nidra is not hypnosis. In Yoga Nidra the mind passes through the hypnotic state and then continues so that it is completely dissociated from all sensory knowledge. You are not conscious of the sensory plane. However, you are conscious that you are doing Yoga Nidra and must try to stay awake.
Marilyn Regan’s Bio:
I am a 1200 hour RYT as of July, 2014. I received my training at Charlestown Yoga, Charlestown, MA from Kristy Kuhn and many other dedicated instructors including Karen Fabian. I am also a Certified Hypnotist, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotist and a Reiki II practitioner. I hold a Master’s Degree in Health Communications from Tufts University School of Medicine and am currently employed at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston. My goal as a teacher is to bring the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible in a non-competitive and nurturing atmosphere. Through a regular dedicated practice, yoga will instill physical, mental and spiritual benefits that are transferable to life and the world around us. It cultivates patience within and helps us to quiet our minds, breathe deeply and live in the present moment. The more we are able to live in the here and now, the more we will appreciate each moment and the good things life has to offer.