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Fall is nature's cue for us to turn inward. For some of us, such slowing down and turning inward can be even more challenging than knocking out the most difficult of yoga poses. After all, those "big," challenging yoga poses are easily seen--it's an outward expression. In turning inward, what we find may not have been seen (not faced) for a long, long time. The mind might flash warning signs."I don't want to look!" "Don't go down that road!" "Who knows what lurks there!"


I invite you to rest assured that the practices of yoga have your back on that journey. As we "move into stillness," as renown teacher Erich Schiffmann calls it, our inner core shines brightly, eternally, and guides us to the gift of resting in that part of us that is beyond doubt. Ever clear. The part of us that has never, and will never, let us down. When we dedicate ourselves to mindful and nurturing practices such as meditation, mantra, breath work, and chanting, when we practice "inner-cise," we may find treasures beyond our wildest imagination. Note: dedication is a critical component, as is consistency in this pursuit.


I totally get it that consistency in doing our own practice can seem to be impossible, something we just can't stick to, or even begin. This is why I always give simple and short home practice suggestions to my private clients. Your personal practice doesn't have to be anywhere near the common 60-75 minutes of a public class! I usually start clients out with a sequence of yoga, pranayama, and/or meditation practices of about 20 minutes. I find that when we commit to just 20 minutes, we believe we can accomplish it. I know when I tell myself I "only" have to practice 20 minutes, I end up wanting to stay on my mat or cushion a little longer. In keeping it short and simple, we, as they say, set ourselves up for success. Our personal practice becomes something we look forward to ... something that entices us back.


Sample 20 minute practice

While one size does not fit all, and working with you one-on-one would allow for a practice shaped for your specific needs, here are a few simple suggestions for a home practice:

  • Savasasana, to shape a smooth, even breath of equal inhale/exhale (sama vrtti), such as inhale to the count of four, exhale to the count of four. Approximately two minutes.

  • Dynamic bridge, 5-6 times. Lift hips and arms on inhale, lower down on exhale. Maintain sama vrtti.

  • Dynamic hands and knees/child's pose (chakravakasana). Inhale to hands and knees, exhale to child's pose, same breath rhythm. 5-6 times.

  • Half sun salutations, or any simple sun salutation you enjoy, 4-6 times, keep the breath ratio.

  • Supine twist (on your back). Any variation you are familiar with and enjoy. About 5-8 breaths each side. Same breath ratio.

  • Dynamic knees to chest (apanasana). Hands may be on shins or backs of thighs, 4-5 times. Exhale as your draw your legs toward your torso, inhale as knees move forward. Here, allow your exhale to be comfortably slower that your inhale, up to a ratio of 1:2.

  • Savasana, approximately two minutes. Longer if you like or if you won't be sitting for meditation afterward.

  • Optional: seated meditation of your choice. Even just a minute or two, watching your breath.

Note: Be sure you are steady and comfortable at all times, and modify as needed. I find it helpful to keep a simple log of my practice. I hope this helps!




* And now, on revealing our greatest brilliance while being in deep rest, as modeled above by my cats, Jai and Fanny:


Yoga nidra is one of my most cherished of practices. Of all yoga has to offer, it has perhaps the most enduring and beneficial "results" for me. My teachers have rightly called it "resting on a cloud of yoga," and "deep relaxation and awakened clarity." I am here to say a sweet Yes! The state of yoga nidra is a return to the part of us that has never known a moment of sorrow ... I realize that may sound incredible, but I return to my encouragement of a consistent practice in how you may come to not only rest in that state, but maintain it as you live your life.


I would like to offer you the opportunity to establish that state for yourself, and if you are a teacher yourself, ways in which you may share it with your students.





1. Yoga Nidra Weekend Immersion Date: Sat+Sun, October 15-16, 2022 Time: 1-4pm

Practices in Yoga Nidra: Radiant Rest for Deep Relaxation & Awakened Clarity It is no wonder yoga nidra has become one of the most sought after practices in all of yoga. Barely on the radar of most yoga practitioners, or even teachers just a few years ago, yoga nidra is now at the forefront of wellness practices. With ancient origins, it is now used to address anxiety, lack of focus, self awareness, exhaustion, and much more. And that is just the beginning! Barbra Brady will be lifting the veils from what else lies within. Whether you simply want to steep in rest over the weekend, learn to guide yourself, or learn to guide others, you’ll come away with a wealth of ease and clarity. Over the course of the weekend you will learn: ● It’s history ● How it applies to the body, mind, and nervous system ● Short movement practices to prepare the body to rest in nidra ● Several practices in nidra with unique aims ● How to establish and practice a sankalpa (the deepest, most meaningful resolutions of your life) ● How to create a restorative “yoga nidra nest” to ensure the deepest rest for the body, mind, and soul CEU’s available for teachers Suggested Reading: Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation & Awakened Clarity, Tracee Stanley

Price: $200 | $150/Members

Contact blue door to register. Barbra Brady has been facilitating yoga nidra for 15 years and has received a wealth of training, including a nine-day certification immersion. She cherishes the privilege of shining the light on your inner light, and yoga nidra is the perfect portal.

All workshops are held at the studio unless otherwise noted.


All payments are non-refundable, but may be converted into blue door account credit (minus a $10 processing fee) if cancelation is received more than 72 hours before workshop.


2. Live public classes of slow, mindful yoga & yoga nidra:



Farewell for now, I hope your fall will be filled with delight, even if it's in the smallest of ways. It is in being aware that we notice it. And that, my friends, is a true definition of Yoga.


Take good, good care,

Love,

Barbra


Please note, I will be on sabbatical for the month of December.



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