Yin + Yoga Nidra
July 21 (Sunday) at 11:45 am

Brooke Margherone
Class length
1 hour 45 minutes
Studio 1
Yin is the cool, lunar, passive aspect of the Yoga asana (posture) practice. Asanas are held for 3-5 minutes to allow the denser layers of the body to unwind. Yin opens the connective tissues versus the muscles and allows practitioners to experience greater range of motion and flexibility. This class is a perfect compliment to a Power Vinyasa yoga practice and great for anyone who sits or stands during their day. Let the body and the mind rest into stillness as you find the yin to your yang.
After 75 minutes of Yin, we will transition into Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep, for the final 30 minutes of class. In Yoga Nidra,  you will be guided into a hypnagogic state of consciousness where you are between waking and sleeping. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of their inner world. Once the body is relaxed, the inner world that is experienced can be explored by traveling through and penetrating the Pancha Maya Koshas, or 5 layers of our being. "While Yoga Nidra is not a substitute for actual sleep, one hour of Yoga Nidra practice is equivalent to four hours of sleep.  This is due to the series of brain waves experienced along the way. With practice, you’ll eventually be able to enter the delta brainwave state but remain aware.  It resembles what it feels like to be on the verge of being awake and asleep. The conscious experience of deep sleep is what makes it so restorative and unique." (Saraswati 1998, Kumar 2008)
This class is suitable for all abilities and anyone wanting to feel present, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Most of our postures are practiced on the floor. Feel free to wear cozy clothes or bring layers so you are comfortable in our practice of Yoga Nidra at the end. 

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