RESTORATIVE YOGA & YOGA NIDRA - Restful Radiance
St. Andrews Hall
Friday April 12th 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In a Restorative Yoga Session, we simply place the body in specific, restful poses which are supported by props so that no effort, strain or discomfort is required to stay in these poses.
Combined with guided breathing exercises to calm the nervous system, somatic experiencing (a form of mindfulness; exploring the felt sense through pleasant imagery & visualisation) relaxation techniques & Yoga Nidra, plus skilfully chosen background music (or peace and quiet), participants experience profound & deep relaxation.
EVERYONE CAN DO THIS TYPE OF YOGA!
During a typical session, we concentrate on relaxing and releasing our weight into the support of the props and softening into the passive stretches. This helps us to relieve the effects of negative stress encountered in daily life, and can be highly beneficial in times of fatigue, illness, and emotional strain. Our focus will be to calm, and nurture ourselves on all levels during the class. The relaxation techniques taught can be used outside of the yoga room as well, encouraging us to take our practice off the mat and into the world. These sessions are for all levels including pregnancy and most injuries.
A Note about 'True, Deep, Conscious Rest': This is the act of choosing to engage with the process of relaxation, rather than collapsing into bed at the end of the day, tired and wired and waking up still exhausted. Making relaxation a conscious choice is truly empowering & life-changing. Nourishing yourself enhances a positive psychological mindset that filters into all areas of your life. What is Yoga Nidra?
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four of his or her senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi.
Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
What to Bring? PLEASE BRING 2/3 LARGE, THICK BLANKETS THAT COVER YOUR WHOLE BODY! YOGA MATS, BELTS, BRICKS, BOLSTERS ARE PROVIDED
What to Wear? PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE LAYERS. WARM SOCKS ARE ESSENTIAL!
Arrival Time? Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to allow for parking and getting installed. ***Please turn off mobile phones***
Cancellation Policy? This event requires 48hours notice of cancellation to receive a full refund. Any cancellations within 48 hours prior to the event will not be refunded. However, If your space can be filled you will be offered a place on the next workshop
Emma Cole is a Senior Level Yoga Teacher Registered with the Yoga Alliance with a BA Hons Degree in Dance and a former career as a Professional Dancer for Opera. Emma trained and qualified with Claire Missingham (Vinyasa Flow), Uma-Dinsmore Tuli (Womb Yoga & Yoga Nidra), Roger Cole Phd (Restorative Yoga) and Jim Harrington (Yoga for Athletes) and has studied intensively under Sianna Sherman & Tias Little. Emma has also taught Yoga to Brighton and Hove Albion First Football Team and Sussex County Cricket First Team.