Is Breath the Key to Relaxation? A Living Yoga Series

by Isabelle on March 3, 2012

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The simple things in life are often the most powerful ones, aren’t they? Sharing simple Yoga and breathing approaches can transform someone’s life.

This is what I re-discovered a few weeks ago while teaching relaxation at UCLA for a special all day event to the catering and dining staff. Even though Yoga has become so popular in the United States, not everyone has access to it. The catering staff people work really hard with more than one job and moreover they stand on their feet all day.  They definitively do not have much access nor time to practice Yoga. I led them in a deep guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra, a 5,000 year old practice.

Here is the amazing thing about Yoga Nidra: 20 to 30 minutes of this practice is equivalent to 2 to 3 hours of deep sleep. Your body, mind and psyche relax so deeply.

It is one of Yoga’s best kept secrets!

They were lying down on their back with their legs on a chair or against the wall with their eyes closed and their whole body relaxed. Listening to my voice taking them through a rotation of consciousness throughout their entire body and then into the spontaneous movement of their abdominal breathing. We finished with a fulfillment visualization which they really enjoyed. Visualizing your happy place and imagining yourself there, feeling utterly fulfilled as if all of your desires and needs are met today and always. How does it feel? Seeing it, feeling it, tasting it, knowing and believing that it will happen!

As they “woke up” from our short practice, their faces looked relaxed and they were beaming, smiling to their ears. Just seeing their happy and peaceful relaxed faces truly touched me. I must have taught close to 300 people this day every 10-15 minutes. It was intense but truly rewarding for them and for me. Sharing the simple yet powerful Yoga tools and spreading more peace, wellbeing and relaxation.

What is Yoga Nidra really and what does it do for us?

This guided Yoga Nidra will help you release physical, emotional and mental tensions and leave you feeling relaxed, restored and rejuvenated. More than just the art of deep relaxation with this powerful practice, you will learn techniques to increase your will power, deepen your inner strength and align with your inner purpose, manifesting a richer and more fulfilling life experience.

If you wish to experience Yoga Nidra, this guided deep relaxation, visit my yoga store.

Try this slow Yoga breathing Tai Chi practice for relaxation and centering.

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