Yoga nidra is an ancient yogic practice that means “Yogic Sleep”.
Classes are 1.5 hours long and begin with a guided seated meditation. Most of the rest of the class is on mats on the floor with the eyes closed as you are guided to a deep level of physical relaxation. This is followed by a period of guided imagery. The entire practice has the physiologic effect of 2-8 hours of restful sleep, balancing the autonomic nervous system by turning off the fight or flight response that is so familiar in our 24/7 existence. By choosing to rest in the relaxation state, we restore resources to areas depleted by our constant stressful existence and restore balance and ease.
Yoga nidra offers us the opportunity to reconnect with our truest , most authentic self, and is restorative and healing, calming and of benefit to the immune system . It may benefit those who suffer from insomnia, pain, chronic diseases, life stresses and anxiety, yet we all could use an opportunity to pause, rest and come into greater balance. It is the perfect antidote to the speed at which we live life!
No prior yoga experience is needed. You may wish to bring a mat, blankets and /or pillows , as the deep relaxation lowers the metabolic rate and may cause you to be chilled (yes even in the warm weather☺).
Meets once a month on Thursday
January 19th, 7-8:30 pm
February 9th, 7-8:30 pm
March 9th, 7-8:30 pm
Cost is $25. Please register with Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a separate class from Yoga Tree’s membership and must be booked and paid for directly with Gina.
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About your instructor:
Gina L. Sager MD, RYT
I am a retired board-certified general surgeon, named one of Baltimore’s Top Docs in October 2000. I permanently left the practice of traditional Western medicine in May 2002 to explore my long time interest in holistic healing. I have studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition, studied the ancient wisdom traditions including Traditional Chinese wisdom and 5 element theory at Tai Sophia Institute, and completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Integrative Yoga Therapy at Yama Studio in Baltimore in 2005. I completed several professional training courses with Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and have used the wisdom of Ayurveda for personal healing since 2000. I have also completed 60 hours of professional Ayurvedic Nutrition training with internationally known teacher and author, Amadea Morningstar.