✨::::: the ART of slow living :::: ✨✨
1 hour of restorative yoga + yoga nidra is the equivalent of a full nights sleep. 😴💤
Last Summer, I found myself completely and utterly exhausted.
As a yoga teacher, you would think if have my personal wellness plan figured out all the time. But, I’m human too, and fell into the trap of a Nantucket Summer.
Working too hard, playing too hard. I was “eating the right things”, and doing all the “right practices, but I wasn’t slowing down. I was exhausted and my adrenals gave the signal that it was time to down shift.
Dr. Claudia Welch has a great anecdote about this very thing. “When we’re hungry, we eat. When we’re thirsty, we drink. When we’re tired, we think … What’s wrong!”
That’s when I found the magical practice of restorative yoga with Local yoga teacher, Ieva Aldens. It was Heaven. Yoga nidra is a guided meditation that I feel is perfectly built for a culture that needs structure in order to feel at ease in slowing down. Nidra actually means sleep in Sanskrit. When following this meditation, it takes you past the dreaming state and into a state of conscious deep sleep, where healing of the nervous system, heart and mind take place. Because yoga nidra activates the Para Sympathetic Nervous System, it also has profound effects of supporting digestion and countering stress-induced insomnia. The best time to do this meditation is in the afternoon between lunch and dinner, but anytime you can make space for this practice the benefits will be well received.
I am teaching a yoga nidra + restorative yoga class tonight at 6PM at The Yoga Room.
See you there! Maybe.