One of my own main healing and rejuvenating practises that I use in my daily life and through my chronic fatigue and lyme’s disease journey is Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
Restorative or yin yoga allows your mind and body to completely switch off, stop, go internal and slow down the nervous systems so that we can heal naturally, process our emotions, stressors and find the answers from within.
New to Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is a beautifully delicious practice that allows us time to sit within ourselves, to just be still, and to notice with awareness the messages from our bodies and mind.
Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other type of yoga, but it is designed to target the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active yang style of asana practice that concentrate more on targeting your muscles.
Yin poses are much more gentle and are usually support using props. Poses can be held anywhere from 3-8 minutes.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based meditation technique that has the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation where your whole body and being is permeated by peace of mind and profound stillness. It unlocks the mystical, integrative powers of the subconscious, as well as your higher centers of consciousness, to effortlessly erase your most tenacious, self-destructive habits and behavior patterns. It is said by yogis that Yoga Nidra is as restorative as three hours of sleep.
What makes I AM Yoga Nidra unique?
I AM Yoga Nidra (Amrit Yoga Institute) is designed as more than a relaxation. It is a meditation technique that not only relaxes the body, but creates a different relationship with stress producing thoughts and emotions. It is designed to guide the practitioner to recognise the silent place of being that always resides within us. The I AM method focuses primarily on quieting the mind and boosting the energy flow in the body (prana). This released energy in the body increases the healing potential available during yoga nidra and typically takes practitioners into deeper states of meditation more quickly. That is why this style is often known as “the deep one”.
So take that step to go to a class and enjoy the stillness and silence and restore the balance from deep within.