In my last post, I wrote about the importance of finding quiet time in our busy lives as an important element to the healing process:
Find time for quiet and reflection: More and more studies are showing the health benefits of meditation. Whatever your spiritual practice is, it is important to take the time each day to slow down your mind and body and be present to the moment and to yourself.
When I took my first yoga nidra class a few days later, I realized that this was one way of practicing QUIET!
This powerful form of yoga involves no movement at all and is basically a guided meditation. Your yoga teacher will help you get into a comfortable reclining position and then guide you step by step into deep relaxation.You will use only your mind and breath as a tool to release tension and explore your inner world. It is amazingly relaxing and I felt a deep sense of peace and calm afterwards. What's more, it is incredibly restorative and though I felt relaxed after, I was also refreshed. (The feeling reminded me of how I feel after a good acupuncture session.) Our teacher explained that "40 minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to roughly 3 hours of sleep in terms of the restoration the body experiences." That's amazing!
I took my class with the amazing Delara at the Maitri Yoga Center in Westminster (9000 W 88th Ave - Westminster, CO 80005), and I highly recommend this practice to anyone! For those new to meditation or "purposeful quiet", it is ideal because you are guided through the whole process. As for those with more experience, it is a wonderful tool to help you access deeper levels of stillness which you may not find on your own.