• 30 Minute Power Nap Meditation

    I'm excited to share a new power nap meditation on YouTube and Insight Timer.

  • Creativity Boost Meditation & Journal Questions

    If you're a writer feeling writers block, an artist or musician feeling uninspired, or a business person feeling stuck, this journaling meditation is designed to overcome procrastination and help identify which habits may be stifling your creativity, and help you establish a daily habit of creativity to reveal your true potential over time.

  • Expand Your Yoga Practice with Pranayama & Meditation

    meditation announcementThere is so much more to yoga than the physical poses but sometimes an hour is just not enough time to fit it all in!

    From 14th March onward we are happy to be offering extended classes to explore some of the traditional practices of yoga to compliment your regular asana (physical) practice.
     
    This will take place immediately after the 1 hour flow classes (excluding chair yoga), for approximately 15 minutes and will include:

    • Extended Savasana/relaxation (who doesn't love more relaxation time?!)
    • Pranayama (breathing practice)
    • Guided meditation

    This part of the class is optional but highly recommended as a part of a rounded yoga practice. 

    If you do not wish to participate in the extended practice:
    There will be a single chime of the tingsha bells to indicate the end of the 1 hour class.
    Gently make your way to a seated posture (you will not be prompted to do so by your instructor)
    Take a moment of stillness and bring your hands to prayer at your heart to thank yourself for your practice  
    Your instructor will bow to you (Namasté), feel free to return the gesture to close your practice.
    Please leave the studio as quietly as possible so as not to disturb students remaining in relaxation.
     
    If you wish to participate in the extended practice:
    Remain in relaxation until there are 3 chimes of the tingsha bells.
    You will be guided into a seated posture and through the Pranayama and meditation practices.

    More information about pranayama and meditation, and why you should practice them can be found on this blog. Check back regularly as weekly updates will be added with additional information about the pranayama technique being practiced that week in the studio. 

    As always, if you have any questions regarding public or private classes, or any of the information in this post, please don't hesitate to call, text or email!

    Namasté

    Shona

  • Meditation for Stress & Anxiety Relief

    This 15 minute meditation for stress and anxiety relief incorporates a breath and body awareness practice to create a calm & grounded state before inviting feelings of compassion & acceptance for your experience.

  • Morning Meditation for Calm, Centered Presence

    Save this video for your daily practice; a morning meditation (that can be done any time of day) to help you connect to a calm, centered presence.

  • NEW: Melt Into Sleep

    Enjoy our latest release; Melt Into Sleep. This is a guided visualization meditation designed to take you on a journey that helps you let go of the stress and tension of the day before melting into a deep sleep.

  • NEW: Sleep Meditation

    I'm happy to be sharing several more sleep, power nap and creativity meditaitons over the next couple of weeks. Here's the first one; a body scan progressive muscle relaxation, with breathwork to relax the body and mind before counting down to a deep sleep. Fall asleep more quickly, and sleep more soundly ♡

  • What is Yoga Nidra?

    How often do you go to bed exhausted but then wake up feeling lethargic and tired? When we climb into bed and just fall asleep, the body shuts down but it is not necessarily relaxed and therefore not really recharging. Yoga Nidra is the practice of bringing awareness to your relaxation so that every part of your body and mind fully relax. It is believed that just thirty minutes to one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep. 

    Yoga Nidra, though it may just look like yogis going to class to nap, is an ancient practice of mental, physical and emotional relaxation, also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness. The intention is to experience a sleep-like state and the deepest possible relaxation while still in a deep meditative state of consciousness.

    At a time when most of us are living at a fast pace with technology overload and lots of stress, the practice of Yoga Nidra can help transfer you to a state of harmony and encourage an overall feeling of well-being. Yoga Nidra can be a wonderful addition to your yoga practice or can be used by anyone to help with stress and sleep. It can also be the pick-me-up you need during the day; a kind of supernap to get you going again (though I wouldn't recommend practicing Yoga Nidra immediately after a meal or it's likely you'll just be practicing nidra (i.e sleep) without the yoga bit)!

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    There are many benefits that can be experienced from practicing Yoga Nidra. Among these are:

    • improved quality of your sleep and amount of sleep 
    • less chronic pain 
    • reduced anxiety
    • enhanced mental focus and attention span
    • improved creativity and whole brain functioning
    • more ease and peace of mind in daily life
    • helps create new neural pathways in your brain leading to healthy habits & routines

     

    One of the best things about Yoga Nidra is that you don't need to have been practicing it for 30 years to feel the benefits, you don't need to sit for long periods of time, and you don't need any previous experience or skills. All you need to do is find a comfortable place to lay undisturbed for the duration of the audio. During a class (or audio guidance) the teacher will use techniques such as guided imagery and body scanning to alleviate muscular tension as well as mental and emotional stress. 

    The following link is to a 30 minute Yoga Nidra audio that I find is a good introduction to the practice as is especially designed for new students 

    Yoga Nidra - Beginners instructed by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati . 

    Finally, Yoga Nidra is super relaxing. There's a fine line between the meditative state of conscious relaxation, and being asleep. The relaxing nature of this practice may encourage you to fall asleep before it finishes, especially if you're practicing at night, and that's fine! Don't feel guilty! Just enjoy the super deep sleep you'll slip into.

     

    Namasté

    Shona