‘Through the exquisite practice of Yoga Nidra, I discovered an unshakable equilibrium that is present under all circumstances and situations.’ Richard Miller
Yoga Nidra / Meditation
The fast pace of modern life often leaves us feeling stressed and anxious as we try to split our attention between competing demands. Patañjali describes meditation (dhyāna) as ‘a continuous flow of single-pointed concentration’. In meditation we draw the senses of perception inwards and focus the mind on a single object; moving from the business of the external world to the still, spacious, silence within.
Practicing meditation enables us to connect with that aspect of the self which is innately peaceful and at ease. Scientific research suggests that meditation can help alleviate a range of stress-related illnesses. Practitioners report reduced levels of anxiety, better immunity, improved sleep and more effective management of chronic pain.
There are many methods of meditation; different techniques suit different individuals.
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a deeply restful meditative practice which restores energy and promotes healing. It is ideal for beginners. Classes last 60 minutes. We begin with gentle exercises to release tension and encourage the free flow of breath. Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down. You are guided through a series of suggestions that encourage relaxation, sense withdrawal and concentration.
Meditation classes last for 30 minutes and explore a variety of sitting practices including breath awareness, gaze, sense perceptions, chant and visualisation. Ideal for more experienced students.
Students are given recordings to help them establish a home practice.