Specific asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) are important steps in the process of turning inwards. The yogic term for this internalised state is pratyahara, literally ‘withdrawal of the senses’. This is not about zoning out and dumbing down, but more about heightening inner awareness to get closer to a state of meditation, which brings mental clarity and emotional calm. The pose pictured is an inverted or upside down pose, where the head is lower than the heart. One of the benefits of inversions is slowing down the breathing which has an naturally calming affect on the nervous system and whole body.
All too often our yoga classes today focus on strength and flexibility and moving the body in a more dynamic way. This is absolutely valid and essential for health, but the slower, deeper practices are of equal importance and ideally we would devote as much time and attention to them.
Come and join me in my 2 hour Christmas Chill In: Yoga Nidra & Pranayama workshop on Saturday 7th December. At at time when so much of our attention is drawn outside – socialising, entertaining, managing friends and family dynamics, not to mention financial pressures, Christmas can be a stressful time for many. Give yourself the ultimate gift of relaxation and renewal to approach the festive season with an open heart and a sense of spaciousness that we can’t get from rushing around.
Venue: Jiva Health Wimbledon; 7th Dec 4.30-6.30pm £25 book here