Alignment through Asana with Dana Lawton Sunday November 13th, 12-2pm $22 Ever stumped at where you are suppose tofeelcertain poses? How to gain optimum alignment? Work through anatomical challenges while practicing?
This workshop with Dana Lawton will delve into the anatomy as it relates to bones and muscles, so you can have optimum alignment while practicing. We will use a skeleton, iMuscle and various photo books to better understand the body and it's possibilities.
In addition to being a gifted and passionate yoga teacher, Dana Lawton is also the Artistic Director of Dana Lawton Dances, a modern dance company in the Bay Area,a tenured faculty member at Saint Mary's College and Chair of the Performing Arts Department, a faculty member at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Co-Director of the Enchanted Ridge Dance Workshop. We are blessed to have her as a teacher at Loka.
"Most people sleep without resolving their tensions. This is termed nidra. Nidra means sleep, no matter what or why, but yoga nidra means sleep after throwing off the burdens. It is of a blissful, higher quality altogether." ~ Swami Satyananda
Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious, purposeful Deep Sleep which has been called "sleep that awakens the soul."
In Yoga Nidra, the body, mind and intellect are completely relaxed and one appears to be sleeping. In the state of Yoga Nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga nidra is a very deep form of relaxation. it has been found to reduce tension, anxiety, and headaches, even providing relief from PTSD.
Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading one's awareness to a state of supreme stillness and insight. Traditionally it was used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma, in order to move one towards their true Dharma.
In these workshops, you will be safely guided through relaxing breath work and visualization. Your attention will be brought inward until you reach deep stillness and the silence of conscious Deep Sleep (Prajna), and then slowly and safely brought back to the conscious state.
Please click links below to register for individual Yoga Nidra Workshops with Dari Sylvia. These Nidra sessions are all 12-2pm.
Heart Opening Yoga Nidra and Forgiveness Workshops
This fall, we will continue the Yoga Nidra work that we starting in the spring, along with an invaluable Forgiveness Practice. So after doing some Yoga Nidra with a Heart Opening focus, we'll let go of some old stuff in order to reach for something new. Holding onto grudges, big or small, can prevent connectedness with others, as we can unconsciously bring anger into each new experience and relationship. Unresolved anger can lead to depression and anxiety, even preventing optimum health by increasing blood pressure and compromising the immune system.
When we refuse to let go of past hurts, we're actually damaging ourselves. "Resentment is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die," is a common sentiment on the subject. We will spend some time revisioning and reperceiving a past injury in a useful way. And to uncomplicated the process, you will be asked to choose a mild and seemingly "small" incident to work with. Oftentimes, these small irritations are representations of larger, repetitive struggles, so when we heal the little ones the larger ones also resolve.
These workshops are FOUR HOURS and there is writing involved.
Worksheets are provided, but bring your favorite pen and your favorite pillow.
click link below to register for this transformative Heart Opening Yoga Nidra Workshop with Dari