Also sometimes called “yoga sleep”, this meditation is practiced in a lying down position (savasana) which can be particularly useful for those who find sitting for longer periods of time uncomfortable. Relaxation is first induced by focusing on the breath and acknowledging the body as a whole, listening to both sounds and honoring sensation. The practioner is then invited to choose a personal resolve or intention and it is repeated silently 3 times. Next the deep physical relaxation, attained through a guided rotation of awareness touching many parts of the body which helps to relax our perceiving centers in the brain. Once the body scan is complete, we return focus to the breath and the initial sankalpa (intention/resolve) and are gently brought back to the room. Some of the benefits to the practice of yoga Nidra include inducing calmness and clarity, reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, aiding in sleep, awakening the senses, improving mood and concentration, developing intuition/creativity and readjusting your way of thinking. Participants are encouraged to bring yoga mats, blankets, pillows etc…any props that would help you to be comfortable and warm in your stillness. Free to Neighborhood Church members, $12 all others. For more info, contact Cara Davis.
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July 6, 2014 @ 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm