Yoga Nidra and Stress Management Workshops

 

Yoga Nidra

Tuesday, May 30th, 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm, at Nspired Yoga
Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. Yoga Nidra is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness. In Yoga Nidra, the body, mind, and intellect are completely relaxed and the practitioner appears to be sleeping. In the state of Yoga Nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and the unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga Nidra is a very deep form of relaxation and has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety; is beneficial
for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease,
helps to balance the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems –
balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra calms and clears the mind and has the potential to heal psychological wounds, provides emotional healing, and restores our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep!

 

Restorative/Yin Yoga for Stress Management

Saturday, June 17th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, at Nspired Yoga
10:00am – 11:30am
Join us for this healing and nurturing restorative yoga practice.  Release stress, alleviate anxiety, reflect and redirect.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves 5 or 6 postures supported by props (bolsters, blocks, blankets, etc…) that allow you to completely relax and rest.  Each held for 3-5 minutes or more, restorative postures include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.
Step away from the busyness of your day and your mind and go inward.

December Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra – Open To All – Saturday, December 5, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Womanspace

Register online at Womanspace

**Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, small pillow, eye pillow, or anything else that will make you comfortable.**

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. Yoga Nidra is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness. In Yoga Nidra, the body, mind, and intellect are completely relaxed and the practitioner appears to be sleeping. In the state of Yoga Nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and the unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga Nidra is a very deep form of relaxation and has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety; is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, helps to balance the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems – balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra calms and clears the mind and has the potential to heal psychological wounds, provides emotional healing, and restores our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep.

One of the most important and personal aspects of the Yoga Nidra practice is the repetition of your own Sankalpa – your intention/focused resolution. A Sankalpa is a short statement in which you silently declare your deepest desire, goal, or intention to fulfill your life’s purpose – your Dharma. Your Sankalpa is a goal you want to fulfill or accomplish in the next 6-18 months. Your Sankalpa serves as communication from your conscious mind to your unconscious mind. In this meditation practice, we’ll plant the seeds of intention and water them so that they can grow.

November Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra – Open To All – Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Womanspace

Register online at Womanspace

**Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, small pillow, eye pillow, or anything else that will make you comfortable.**

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. Yoga Nidra is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness. In Yoga Nidra, the body, mind, and intellect are completely relaxed and the practitioner appears to be sleeping. In the state of Yoga Nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and the unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga Nidra is a very deep form of relaxation and has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety; is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, helps to balance the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems – balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra calms and clears the mind and has the potential to heal psychological wounds, provides emotional healing, and restores our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep.

One of the most important and personal aspects of the Yoga Nidra practice is the repetition of your own Sankalpa – your intention/focused resolution. A Sankalpa is a short statement in which you silently declare your deepest desire, goal, or intention to fulfill your life’s purpose – your Dharma. Your Sankalpa is a goal you want to fulfill or accomplish in the next 6-18 months. Your Sankalpa serves as communication from your conscious mind to your unconscious mind. In this meditation practice, we’ll plant the seeds of intention and water them so that they can grow.

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October Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra – Open To All – Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Womanspace

Register online at Womanspace

**Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, small pillow, eye pillow, or anything else that will make you comfortable.**

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. Yoga Nidra is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness. In Yoga Nidra, the body, mind, and intellect are completely relaxed and the practitioner appears to be sleeping. In the state of Yoga Nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and the unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga Nidra is a very deep form of relaxation and has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety; is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, helps to balance the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems – balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra calms and clears the mind and has the potential to heal psychological wounds, provides emotional healing, and restores our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep.

One of the most important and personal aspects of the Yoga Nidra practice is the repetition of your own Sankalpa – your intention/focused resolution. A Sankalpa is a short statement in which you silently declare your deepest desire, goal, or intention to fulfill your life’s purpose – your Dharma. Your Sankalpa is a goal you want to fulfill or accomplish in the next 6-18 months. Your Sankalpa serves as communication from your conscious mind to your unconscious mind. In this meditation practice, we’ll plant the seeds of intention and water them so that they can grow.

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Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra – Open To All – Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Womanspace

Register online at Womanspace

**Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, small pillow, eye pillow, or anything else that will make you comfortable.**

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. Yoga Nidra is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness. In Yoga Nidra, the body, mind, and intellect are completely relaxed and the practitioner appears to be sleeping. In the state of Yoga Nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and the unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga Nidra is a very deep form of relaxation and has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety; is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, helps to balance the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems – balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra calms and clears the mind and has the potential to heal psychological wounds, provides emotional healing, and restores our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep.

One of the most important and personal aspects of the Yoga Nidra practice is the repetition of your own Sankalpa – your intention/focused resolution. A Sankalpa is a short statement in which you silently declare your deepest desire, goal, or intention to fulfill your life’s purpose – your Dharma. Your Sankalpa is a goal you want to fulfill or accomplish in the next 6-18 months. Your Sankalpa serves as communication from your conscious mind to your unconscious mind. In this meditation practice, we’ll plant the seeds of intention and water them so that they can grow.

Yoga: A More Gentle Approach

Yoga is a Systematic ScienceSwami Rama
Yoga is not a journey of attainment or achievement. Yoga teaches us to live in our bodies with more appreciation, acceptance, compassion, awareness, and skill; and to fully embody our body with greater overall ease. Yet,yoga is so much more than just the physical postures. It’s a practice – mind, body, and spirit. Yoga teaches us how to quiet and clear the mental noise and clutter, to cultivate peace, and although there is certainly a spiritual side to yoga, it is not a religion and you don’t have to have any particular set of beliefs to benefit from it. Take what you want and leave the rest.
The physical practice of yoga asana moves the joints through a larger range of motion than most people use, systematically working every part of the body, creating awareness, and targeting certain muscles, joints, organs, and systems – physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally, and metaphysically.
Yoga is not a “one-size-fits-all”. It’s not even a “one–size–fits-most”!  It doesn’t run in Small. Medium. Large. Yoga is personal. It’s some-asanas (yogic postures)-fit-you – or rather – all-asanas-fit-you-in-some-way.  Adapt postures to fit your body rather than trying to fit or squeeze your body into what you think it should look like or some ‘ideal’ posture.
“So how does yoga fit me?”
A therapeutic yoga class is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from or living with injury, illness, or dis-ease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, Restorative yoga (supported postures),gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.
Yoga can have therapeutic effects on those suffering from anxiety, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Dystonia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, arthritis, headaches, and insomnia – just to list a few.
My aim is to bust the stereotype of what people think yoga should look like or is and to make yoga accessible for every body.
My classes are fun, they’re inspiring, empowering, creative, and some can be challenging. I invite you to join a class and experience yoga for yourself!
For more information, class schedule, class descriptions, or questions visit:
Ahimsa-yogawithkeri.com
Ahimsa – Yoga With Keri on Facebook
keri@ahimsa-yogawithkeri.com
ph#(815) 312.2830
Ahimsa – Yoga with Keri
Ahimsa: non-violence/non-harming
Keri Knutson – yoga teacher, Official Yoga Instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and chair/therapeutic yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of traditional Hatha and Raja Yoga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Integral Yoga – focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and dis-ease.
Keri, a nature and animal lover, enjoy spending her free-time outdoors, reading, devoting time to her own yoga and meditation practice, and traveling