Sacred Sleep: Yoga Nidra Course

Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra,

Short Courses - 1 week or more

Short Courses - 1 week or more

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DATe

06 May 2020

10 Jun 2020

TIME

7.00pm - 8.30pm

COST

$150 Full/ $120 Concession

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Sacred Sleep is a 6 week exploration of practices that support deep, embodied rest. Each weekly session will integrate gentle movement practices, breathwork practices and yoga nidra that guide your body back towards a restful relationship with sleep.

ORGAnISER

Jo Buick

Sleep is nurturing and nourishing for your entire being. When we sleep well, not only do we feel more rested and present, but our ability to encode and recall memories is improved, as is our capacity to embody new learnings and new skills. Our proprioceptive and interoceptive skills are heightened with quality sleep, and we are able to access increased creativity, reasoning and intuition. However, for many people, the regenerative aspects of sleep can be elusive, or disrupted. 

Sacred Sleep is a 6 week exploration of practices that support deep, embodied rest. Each weekly session will integrate gentle movement practices, breathwork practices and yoga nidra that guide your body back towards a restful relationship with sleep.

WHAT IS YOGA NIDRA?

In the practice of Yoga Nidra, you are guided to slowly rotate your attention around the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self) by focusing alternately on your body, your breath, your emotions, your thoughts and your inner being. Pioneered by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in the 1950s, and based on ancient Tantric practices such as nyasa, the systematic rotation of attention is thought to shift the brain into a hypnagogic state (the state between sleep and wakefulness). This means that the body sleeps but the mind is lucid, listening to the guided meditation. In the process, your brainwaves shift from the awakened state of beta, to the more relaxed state of alpha and into the deep rest state of delta. Swami Satyananda Saraswati called this “reaching the border between waking and sleeping states”.

More recent research has indicated that regular practice of yoga nidra can increase gamma brain wave oscillations and cultivate increased activity in the Present Centred Default Mode Network of the brain. It is hypothesised that 30 minutes of yoga nidra is the equivalent to two hours of deep, restful sleep. 

Yoga Nidra may be one of the more accessible home practices for embodying a more restful state of being – especially if you experience anxiety, insomnia or interrupted sleep. Because the practice guides you towards states of relaxation and deep rest, the positive impacts of yoga nidra can be felt relatively quickly. However, it is important to note that people who experience high levels of anxiety and those who are trauma survivors may require personalised support to enter the practice safely.

 Times and Dates:

7.00 - 8.30pm each Wednesday for 6 weeks.

Commencing Wednesday 6th May and completing on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

Location:

Gertrude Street Yoga, 202 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria

Accessibility:

This course will be trauma-informed and mental health aware. However, whilst yoga nidra is frequently used in trauma treatment, it can be triggering or activating. If you would like to arrange a phone check-in prior to the course commencing, please let me know via email.

Gertrude Street Yoga has a stairwell entry that is broad, but steep. Once inside the studio, there is another set of stairs leading to the space that we will be in. If you require support accessing the space, please let me know via email prior to the first session so that we can arrange assistance.

The studio has gender neutral bathrooms. None have disability access.

If you have any additional access needs for attending and enjoying the sessions, please let me know and we can brainstorm some options together.

Investment:

$150 Full/ $120 Concession or GSY Members

10% of all proceeds directed towards RISE Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees

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