Some of you can rest easily into savasana, some of you not quite so much, some of you aren’t even sure where savasana is. Savasana is the final resting point of a practice and tradition teaches that Asana (the physical postures) prepare us for this rest. Many of us are so used to moving, thinking and doing that it is hard to rest but it is in stillness and silence that our bodies are able to switch into a place of natural healing.
So if you’re just here for the savasana, I invite you to attend my Monday evening class of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra, or “yogi sleep” is a guided meditation practice where you rest in savasana for the entire practice, since you’re there longer than the average 5-7 minutes you’ll want to use the bolsters and blankets to tuck yourself into a very cozy position. The practice will have segments of mindful breathing, body awareness, visualization and intention setting. It is quite possible that you’ll fall asleep during practice or you may find yourself drifting in and out of awareness and surprisingly at the end it probably feels like 5 minutes has passed when in reality it’s been nearly a full hour. Yoga Nidra can help increase mental clarity, aid in pain relief, boost your metabolism, balance your hormones, improve sleep, lower your blood pressure and has even helped aid in the treatment of PTS.
If you need a little more movement before settling into savasana, then try my Wednesday, Noon class with Crystal Singing Bowls. Restorative Yoga uses props to assist your comfort in poses and we visit the pose for 5-15 minutes, depending on position and use of rights and lefts. The restorative practice is very meditative as breath awareness is essential for maximum benefit in the postures. Then at the end of practice, yes savasana again, I play the crystal singing bowls which may lull you into even deeper states of relaxation. The crystal bowls aren’t music per se but vibration, and it isn’t listening as much with ears as it is feeling with the whole body. It’s truly something appreciated more by experience than anything I can express in word so I hope you’ll come check it out for yourself.
Possibly more magical than the Wednesday classes are Gong Bath’s that I host quarterly at the studio to honor the changing of seasons. Save the date, March 17, for the Spring Equinox Gong Bath. Like Yoga Nidra, you’ll rest supported with blankets and bolsters during a concert of sound, rhythm and vibration from the Gong, Crystal Singing Bowls, Drums and Chimes. Each of the instruments have their own characteristics but the idea of frequency, vibration and entrainment work the same. Much more than music though, this is an experience unique to each person and can be described as restful, dreamy, energizing, balancing and/or healing. There is nothing to do or figure out during a Gong Bath, simply relax and allow the vibrations to wash over and through you.
Lisa's regular weekly schedule is:
Mondays from 7:15pm - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra
Wednesdays from 12pm- 1pm Restorative with Crystal Singing Bowls and
Wednesdays from 7:15pm - 8:15pm for Yin/Restorative
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.