Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious, deep relaxation and healing. It is a guided, lying down meditation practice that takes you on a journey through the layers of the physical and subtle bodies. Also known as ‘yoga sleep’, this very old yoga practice can bring about deep healing, open doors of perception, promote creativity, restore energy, help with sleep, trauma and ptsd, and improve overall health. Yoga Nidra has been shown to have physical, psychological and neurological benefits.
When practicing Yoga Nidra, the body is in a deep relaxed state, essentially asleep, but the mind is awake. As you enter a trans-like state, you can access the subtle flow of energy (prana,) and set intentions for whatever it is you need. Whether it’s addressing physical or emotional imbalances, addiction, patterns, or just personal time to be silent and still. It’s thought that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra can feel as nourishing as 3-hours of deep sleep. The practice can help calm your sympathetic nervous system, leaving you with a sense of release, calm, and perhaps, bliss.
Susan leads Yoga Nidra sessions in groups and/or privately, one-on-one. Sessions last from one-hour to 90 minutes or so. The first 15 minutes include an explanation of Yoga Nidra, and then for 45-60 minutes, while lying down comfortably, she guides you through the mediation practice. You will be asked to try not to move once you begin. There will be time after to regroup and reflect in silence, comment on your experience or ask questions. All bodies and ages are welcome and encouraged, no experience necessary. You are encouraged to bring any personal blankets, shawls, pillows, though she will have props available. You can find her latest schedule here.
Susan’s formal training in Yoga Nidra was at the Sivananda Ashram with Dr. Marc Halpern, founder of the California College of Ayurveda and co-founder of the Ayurveda Medical Association. He spent 28 years healing himself with Nidra and offers a best selling c.d. and book on Yoga Nidra and Ayurveda.
1 hour private session: $108
1.5 hour private session: $150
*$20 travel fee