press the reboot button: restore with yoga nidra!

DO YOU SOMETIMES LIVE IN OVERWHELM? 

DO YOU FEEL THAT THE "BUSY-NESS" OF LIFE LEADS YOU INTO A MECHANICAL "GOT TO GET IT DONE" MODE? 

DO YOU CRAVE “SLOWING DOWN” AND CREATING SPACE FOR REFLECTION AND SELF CARE?


As of late, I have been in a reflective mood. I'm noticing more and more how important taking time to slow down is for my creativity and ability to maintain presence in my daily life with gratitude and enthusiasm. 

Sometimes I have to remind myself to take pause, to stop {before life forces me to stop} and allow my curiosity and interest in living my days filled with magical connected moments to be what leads my life.

I also know, that I love the days when I fall asleep before my head hits the pillow basking in the joy of an an action packed day working with clients and hours of exercise. 


THE REALIZATION?

STRESS IS NOT THE ENEMY. STRESS ACTUALLY STIMULATES GROWTH. 

THE MAIN PROBLEM IS THE ABSENCE OF DISCIPLINED, INTERMITTENT REST AND RECOVERY.

For example: In weight lifting, we stress a muscle to the point where its fibers literally start to break down. And when given an adequate period of recovery, the muscle will not only heal, it will grow stronger. But if we persist in stressing the muscle without rest, the result will be acute and chronic damage. Conversely, failure to stress the muscle at all results in weakness and atrophy. 

So… in both cases, the enemy is not stress. The problem is the failure to oscillate between energy expenditure/ stress and recovery.


HAVE YOU BEEN OSCILLATING BETWEEN STRESS AND REST? 

Or are you walking around as a "human doing" instead of "human being"? Is your “to do” list endless? Are you perpetually picking up new things to tackle before even completing the task your already invested in doing? 

Are you already hyper aware of the holidays approaching and would love to know the best way to prepare and be truly present for the parties, family functions, and sacred moments? 

I invite you, to take a deep breath and honestly check in with yourself. After doing a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual inventory, notice if it's time to reset and press the reboot button?

If you said Yes… Then join me in this progressive relaxation/ YOGA NIDRA AUDIO and treat yourself to some delicious moments of REST AND RECOVERY! 


YOU MAY BE ASKING: WHAT IS YOGA NIDRA? 

Yoga Nidra is a Yogic practice done while laying down. Simply create a safe comfortable space for yourself to relax and allow this audio to guide you through the practice. 

Yoga Nidra is both a state of being and a sequence of tools utilized to attain this state. Yoga Nidra is deep sleep with a trace of awareness. In the practice of Yoga Nidra the body sleeps but the mind remains awake listening to the instructions.

The tools of Yoga Nidra, will systematically move awareness from our waking state (beta brain waves), to our relaxed mind (alpha brain waves), to our unconscious and subconscious brain waves (theta and then delta). You will spend most of the practice in theta brain waves. The theta state is where most of our physical, mental, and emotional stress is digested, assimilated, and healed.

In Yoga Nidra, practitioners are guided through a systematic progressive relaxation practice that includes breath work, bringing awareness to  your physical body,  visualization/ imagery by spoken word. Then, gently brought back to the conscious state. In this yoga nidra practice, we will also work on setting a sankalpa, or focused resolution. So, before practicing take stock and get clear with an area of your life you would like some transformation.

The deeply relaxed state of Yoga Nidra cultivates an excellent place to seed an intention, a sankalpa. The sankalpa is a short mental statement said mentally in the present tense, which is impressed on the subconscious mind when it is receptive and sensitive to auto-suggestion during yoga nidra. 

The process of Yoga Nidra is truly accessible for anyone who can comfortably lay on the ground, a bed, or couch. To practice Yoga Nidra, you will lay face up with supportive props under your head and knees, to make the body as relaxed and at ease as possible. The practice of Yoga Nidra is appropriate for any level of practitioner. Don't stress if you fall asleep! Trust that the deepest part is always listening and you are receiving the healing you most need!

Enjoy!

May this practice bring you a sense of clarity, ease, and an avenue for accessing the deepest parts of your-"Self." (meaning higher self)


HOW TO DO YOUR YOGA NIDRA PRACTICE

  1. Find a quiet, dark, calm space.
  2. Lay on your back with support under your knees and head. Possibly cover your body with a blanket and your eyes with a mask or cloth. Make yourself as comfy as possible.
  3. Press play once you have yourself situated and simply listen and relax in the experience.