We delight in marrying holistic practices together in truly glorious combinations here at Spa Eir. One of our favorites is Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra, taught by our amazing Jedi yogini Sylvia, Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Sylvia combines these two practices, blending the benefits of both into a yummy, spirit calming, mind body bliss, nurturing practice that calms the body, mind and spirit.
In a world that bombards us daily with stimuli, deadlines, laptops, phones, mobile devices, work obligations, family obligations etc. It is easy not to give your mind, body and spirit some downtime by switching it all off, ending up with a mind that is constantly occupied processing all that information. Whether it is good, valuable or garbage the mind, body and spirit still need to deal with it. Sadly our mind gets used to this amount of information and starts to crave it, searching out stimuli if things get quiet. Leading to browsing, searching, and longing for more stimulation. It doesn't matter what stimulation as long as the gaps get filled with something. Yet allowing for the gaps to remain empty, the silence, the quiet, is what the busy mind truly desires.
Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is an ancient meditation practice which allows you to experience the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Allowing the body to fall asleep, while allowing the mind to become aware and shift into the alpha brain wave state. A state where the body is completely relaxed and becomes more and more aware of the inner self by following a set of verbal instructions. Yoga Nidra is different from meditation where a single focus is required, however the yogic goal of both meditation and Yoga Nidra are the Samadhi, the state of meditative consiousness. With Yoga Nidra you remain in a state of light Pratyahara with four senses interalized and only one sense, hearing, is connected through the instructors voice.
Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety and calm the autonomic nervous system. Calming the autonaomic nervous system will reduce the levels of stress hormone and allows one to go into a state of self healing. While all meditation is designed to get you to an alpha state the difference with Yoga Nidra is that instructors follow an ancient road map to get you there, guiding you through layers - the physical body, the energetic body, the mental and emotional body, the intuitive and creative body and the bliss body.
Yin is the yoga practice of a series of long held passive floor poses allowing the physical bodies relatively stiff connective tissues tendons, ligaments and fascia to respond and become more flexible and strong. Yin yoga requires the bodies more mobile element muscle to release. Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice include:
*Stillness which calms and balances the mind and body
*Stress and anxiety reduction
*Improved joint mobility
*Balance to the interanal organs and improved flow for chi or prana through meridian stimulation.
Come join us for Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra together in one amazing class. The perfect combination! Like Peanutbutter and Jelly! A perfect match.
Blessings, Spa Eir