Sunday, January 12, 2020, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
No matter how broken or damaged you may feel, there is a deep well of stillness inside of you that is always there! Connected. Whole. Unchanging and Ever present.
Yoga Nidra or Conscious Sleep is a potent form of deep relaxation and meditation that promotes profound healing. It is an ancient practice that is backed by modern science and has been used to treat PTSD, trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and countless other challenges. It is a practice that is an important link between yoga postures and meditation that enhances both. In a world where many are feeling fragmented, distracted, and disconnected, Yoga Nidra is a powerful antidote to stress.
Deep relaxation is not something nice to do if there is time, it is an essential life skill! The beauty of Yoga Nidra is that it is also one of the easiest and most comfortable forms of yoga. One only needs to lie down or sit down in a comfortable position to relax and rest the body. From there one is verbally guided through the different layers of being. There is nothing that needs to be done and no way in which to do it incorrectly. The practice is highly restorative and rejuvenating to the body and mind and because it allows one to disidentify with thoughts and emotional patterns that typically keep us stuck.
The practice stills the waves of the mind and allows one to drop into the same brainwave state as sleep. However, unlike sleep, which only has the power to refresh the body, Yoga Nidra enables one to enter a state where the mind is naturally still. A deep and profound connection to one 's True Self can be experienced here. It enables rewiring of the brain for better mental and emotional stability and resiliency, rejuvenates the body, and ultimately allows one to feel true connection and joy!
Leigh Sloss, M.Ed, RYT500, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's Comprehensive Yoga Therapy program and the 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Leigh is also a certified K-8 teacher and has a Masters in Education.
"I began practicing yoga in college and then as an elementary school teacher as a way of handling stress. As a new mom, I found that yoga helped me learn to balance caring for myself while also caring for others. The more I learned about yoga philosophy the more I wanted to deepen my understanding of it. The 200 hour program at YogaLife was so profound for me that I felt the need to learn more in order to share it with others. Yoga Therapy feels like what I've always wanted to do for my life's work. It combines my many interests - education, psychology, movement, and spirituality.
My hope is to make yoga accessible to all people and to make it applicable to the real world. I enjoy sharing the benefits of yoga with people of all ages, and am particularly passionate about working with children dealing with stress and anxiety.
Yoga for me is about connection. First, it's a connection with ourselves on all levels. From that connection, we can grow to realize that we are all connected.”