Yoga with Lauren
Candlelit Slow Flow & Deep Relaxation
Fri 11th March & 1st April 2022
Venue: Serenity Barn
A truly relaxing class combining slow flowing movements and soothing stretches, allowing you to relax more deeply and find greater stillness of mind. In these monthly extended classes we also have more time than usual to spend with breathwork, meditation and Yoga Nidra (effortless relaxation). Providing the perfect balance of movement, stillness and relaxation these workshops will help you unwind from your day as well as gently set you up for the weekend ahead.
Yin & Yang Flow with Deep Relaxation
Sat 29th Jan 2022
Venue: Serenity Barn
This workshop combines a mixture of yin & yang styles of yoga, as well as plenty of time for breathing techniques, meditation and Yoga Nidra. Starting with a dynamic flowing sequence we will stretch and strengthen the body, as well as release any physical and mental tensions we may be carrying. Once the body is warmed up we will then soften into postures with longer holds to continue releasing tension and allow greater stillness of mind. Finishing with some breathwork, meditation and Yoga Nidra (effortless relaxation), you will leave this workshop feeling both rested and energised, and ready for the rest of your day!
Sunday Slow Flow with Deep Relaxation
Venue: Serenity Barn
A truly relaxing class combining slow flowing movements and soothing stretches, allowing you to relax more deeply and find greater stillness of mind. In these monthly extended classes we also have more time than usual to spend with breathwork, meditation and Yoga Nidra (effortless relaxation). Providing the perfect balance of movement, stillness and relaxation these workshops are the perfect way to end your weekend!
Yoga Nidra Explained....
Originally Yoga Nidra was a term used to describe a state of being, or of being in a state of pure awareness. Today the term usually refers to the practice of guided meditation, where the student follows verbal cues and enters into a state of deep relaxation. This type of meditation is usually practised lying down and can be particularly helpful for reducing stress and providing deep rest. Below are some of my favourite definitions of this wonderful practice.
“During Yoga Nidra the relaxation is constantly deepened while you follow the instructions and devote yourself to the experience. The body starts to relax and the mind follows. When the mind relaxes, the relaxation of the body is further deepened. This interaction between body, mind, emotions and psychic energy is fundamental to yoga. It is a process that is brought about by Yoga Nidra. The Yoga Nidra technique is constructed in such a way that it constantly maintains and develops the relaxation process at all levels of consciousness. Therefore Yoga Nidra is often translated as conscious sleep, because although you are in a state as deep as sleep, you are mentally present.
The more familiar you become with Yoga Nidra, the easier it is to relax. As you come to know harmony, you are soon able to recall it instantly, when you need it – in the middle of daily activities.”
“Yoga nidra is a state between sleep and Samadhi. It is a half-sleep and half-waking state: it is not a waking state, and it is not really a sleep state. Yoga nidra is a state of conscious sleep in which one can record what is going on. There is a fine demarcation between yoga nidra and Samadhi. In yoga nidra one can record those experiences which he cannot receive in the conscious state. When one cannot register something properly in thewaking state, they can go into yoga nidra to register it.’’
Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati:
‘Yoga Nidra literally means "Yogic Sleep." In this deep meditation you train your attention to leave the chatter of the Waking state of mind, go past the fantasy of the Dreaming state, and consciously, intentionally enter the stillness of the Deep Sleep state, yet paradoxically remain awake and in deep meditation. (continued…) For thousands of years the Yogis have used Yoga Nidra to master the art of sleep, to balance the subtle energies, and to experience greater depths of meditation.
The state of conscious Deep Sleep or Yoga Nidra is underneath, behind, or subtler than meditations at either the Waking or Dreaming levels. This subtle state is called "Prajna," which means, "supreme knowing. (Pra means supreme; jna means knowing. The conscious experience of this state is a doorway to higher, formless knowing that has been called the infinite library of wisdom and the teacher within.
The depth of authentic Yoga Nidra comes from inner awareness of the levels of your own self, including your body, breath, and the subtler mind, rather than diverting attention through music or inner fantasies (as pleasant as these may be). This inner exploring through self-awareness is a more refined form of meditation that leads you deeper into the stillness and silence of your own being, while remaining fully awake. Yoga Nidra methods bring you to a place of awareness where you are able to completely let go of any words, thoughts, images, impressions, or pictures in the mind. You are guided to allow your mind to "empty, empty, empty" though you remain fully awake and clear of mind.’