Sat, January 18th, 1:30-4pm @ Moksana Yoga Center
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape – the loneliness of it – the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn't show."
- Andrew Wyeth
Birth, growth, stabilization, decay, death – these cycles are at the heart of our lives.
From macro to micro-cycles – the yearly, seasonal, monthly, daily, and momentary – human beings move in rhythms that mirror the rhythms of the earth.
Nature never resists the death of old cycles, knowing it makes room for rebirth. Bulbs that contain the flowers of spring can’t bloom until they undergo invisible internal adjustments during the cold winter.
Some of the deepest gifts and insights from a yoga practice come from understanding and participating in the opportunities that each cycle presents, their unique wisdom harnessed as impetus for flowing with what is.
During this afternoon mini retreat, you will have the opportunity to rest and reflect, vision and dream, in a sanctuary of support, exploring embodiment practices (Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Journaling), partnering your inner wisdom with the energy of Winter and preparing for the coming cycle of Spring. Take-away seasonal poetry, notes and resources included.
Do you often wake up with a feeling of fatigue, or inadequate rest? Does this feeling follow you through the day? Do you have trouble falling asleep or experiencing deep sleep? You are not alone.
In this workshop, transform your relationship to sleep. Yes!
We spend over a third of our lives in sleep dimensions, and yet so few of us get any education or map into this vast, mysterious, and vital territory which not only influences our waking presence and productivity but also offers its own deeper wisdom.
This experience includes discussion, a detailed handout with notes and resources for personal practice, lots of time for questions, and a full Yoga Nidra session, thought to be equivalent to up to 3 hours of regular sleep.
- Learn from Western and Yogic perspectives on Sleep
- Understand the most important factors that can deepen and enrich your experience of sleep
- How to take meditation principles into your sleep
- Consciously prepare for deep sleep in the hours before bedtime
- Explore alternative methods of deep rest in situations when sleep is not possible
- Be inspired by the benefits from napping, dreaming, and different sleep stages!
Not only is it okay to rest and sleep during the day, our bodies are actually biologically programmed to do so. And we can tailor our napping times and lengths to suit our constitutions and utilize the unique benefits each stage of rest and sleep offers to our brains/bodies. (See Sara Mednick's amazing work, Take a Nap! Change your Life)
Whether we need more deep, slow wave sleep for healing purposes,or consolidating verbal, visual or motor memories when learning something new, more REM sleep for creative and spiritual nourishment, or Stage 2 sleep to swiftly refresh alertness – we can harness mini sleep retreats during our days to support so many areas of our lives.
- In these sleep sanctuary sessions, I can teach you to nap during the day in the most perfect way for your life circumstances and personal uniqueness, harnessing the power of daytime rest/sleep to also improve and deepen your night sleep.
- These sessions are equally valuable to people who love napping and want to learn more about it, and people who think they simply can't nap.
‘The mind can be made steady when it has the knowledge attained from dreams and sleep as its support’ – Yoga Sutra 1:38
Have you ever wondered how you can practice yoga in your dreams?
And how dreaming can become a deep part of your yoga practice?
From unsettling nightmares, to dreams that seem prophetic, nonsensical, or simply non-existent –
Yoga understands the world of sleep and dreams as advanced practice territory, with uncharted opportunities for insight, lessons and growth not as easy to access in the waking world – a kind of psychospiritual yoga that ‘stretches’ the mind and invites limitations and assumptions to shed in fresh ways.
In this afternoon experience, learn about:
- How dream consciousness nourishes our physiology, psychology, and spiritual practice.
- Foundational approaches to dream yoga
- How not to kill the dream!
- Ways to be curious not only about ‘what does this dream mean?’, but also ‘what does dreaming mean?’… to abandoning meaning altogether!
There will be time for discussion, questions, and individually tailored dream yoga practice.
Creative notes and resources will be provided!