Restorative with Sound Healing
and Yoga Nidra
Restorative Yoga can guide yourself toward a more healthy state of being. Restorative
yoga is much more like meditation or relaxation or yoga nidra than it is like
hatha yoga. When you are in passive postures supported by props, using
no muscular effort, the focus is on relieving the grip of muscular and inner
tension, and you can be more spacious and receptive. There’s no goal of
stretching or strengthening. You’re exploring what happens when you
slowly release your habitual way of holding—what are you left with?
An incredible system to heal the body, Restorative poses help the kick in relaxation response,
balancing the nervous system and optimizing energy flow to the organs.
They lift immune function and enhance the process of digestion.
Basically they set the whole body up for deep healing, growth and repair.
Beyond these incredible physiological health benefits, restoratives create the opportunity
to see where you hold habitual tension.
This relaxation/meditation technique originated in India, but, like most modern yoga, has been modified and Westernized to suit the needs of contemporary students.
Though yoga nidra is translated as "yogic sleep," this method is not really about getting in a good snooze.
Guided by a teacher's voice, you identify sensations throughout your body and focus on your breath, while (ideally) remaining in a state of relaxed awareness so that you may release deeply held tensions, some of which you may not even be aware.
Yoga Nidra uses technique, which is based on moving through the koshas, or sheaths, which are layered within the body, in order to reach the innermost layer, a place of innate joy and peacefulness. Yoga Nidra is used to help people dealing with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Sound Healing is the intentional use of sound to create an environment which becomes a catalyst for healing in the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual aspects of our being.
To become "healed," simply means to become "whole."
While intent is not a necessary ingredient to effect change with the use of sound, pure, or clear, intention brings
power to every facet of our being. The more we are able to couple our actions with clear or pure intention, the greater our acts can manifest.
The intentional use of sound adds power to the conduit, whether it is through the use of an instrument or voice. By surrendering to the highest good, we ourselves become that conduit, or instrument, for peace, for healing, change,
While sound can be generated from voice, instruments, recorded sounds or music, or tone generators, the more deeply and clearly we have coupled clear intentions for the highest good of the recipients in generating those sounds, the greater the outcome.