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Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

When:

Sat 11 May 2019, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 18 May 2019, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 25 May 2019, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 1 Jun 2019, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 8 Jun 2019, 9:00am–10:00am
Sat 15 Jun 2019, 9:00am–10:00am

Where: Auckland Zen Centre, 52 Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • Donation: $8.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: infoeem

The class is suitable for those who live with chronic pain and stress, and would like healthy ways of managing it. Yoga is great way to gain a more agile body and mind. Restorative yoga will focus on slowly and safely loosening joints ready to gain the full benefits of yoga nidra.

Yoga nidra is an accessible meditation practice that focuses on cultivating multiple levels of well-being. Practiced with consistency and awareness, you may likely discover that you can find a good amount of peace in a short period of time.

Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known is one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests comfortably lying on the floor in a comfortable position, this systematic meditation leaves you with a sense of wholeness.

Yoga nidra, however, is a practice that everyone, from children to seniors, can do. It's easy to follow at any age. All that your body needs to do is lie down on the floor. And even if you can't lie down on the floor, you can still do this practice seated.

As you lie down all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. It's likely that you will remember certain parts of the meditation and not others. Every time you come to the practice you encounter a new experience—none of which is wrong. Best if you can stay conscious but falling asleep is okay too, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice.

Yoga nidra is always guided, so there is no intense thinking or wondering why you are staring at a blank wall. Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation. The stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health.

Some people crave the profound relaxation that this practice instills, while other practitioners use the non-judgmental and secure atmosphere that yoga nidra provides as a window into themselves. Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions.

During yoga nidra you are able to experience an emotion and come “face to face” with what you want to overcome, without “diving into it” completely—meaning without feeling the emotion so completely that you become overwhelmed. Over time you continue to experience the emotion and associated feelings, moving deeper into the practice.Yoga nidra can serve as a pathway to freedom without creating bodily stress.

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