Yoga Nidra is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the most accessible to all ages and abilities. It is also a much-needed antidote to the modern-day 'predator' that plagues our everyday lives, and that is stress. Translated as ‘yogic sleep’, Nidra is a state of conscious awareness that goes below surface tensions to release and transform stress at its deepest level, bringing about an immense depth of relaxation, a sense of wholeness, and even the feeling of having returned home to your true self.
We love our incredible Breathe instructors! They give so much of themselves each and every time they teach and bring their own unique style and wisdom to their mats, as students as well as teachers. We have so enjoyed getting to know them all a bit better and in order to help you do the same, we asked them each a handful of questions...
As we graduate yet another group of brand new yogis from our New to Yoga series, I am excited for them to take their next steps on their yoga journey. This might be a good opportunity to review of some of the yoga etiquette, or protocol if you like, that we as seasoned yogis may also need reminding of once in a while. Much of what we refer to is based upon the yamas and niyamas - or social restraints and observances - which are yoga’s ethical guidelines as laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path.
With a trend in mindfulness becoming a popular practice, my hope is that perfectionism will begin to decline. When the perfectionist is continually critiquing their past performances and conversations or worrying about future activities or commitments, they are not living mindfully in the moment. Letting go of perfection allows us to live in the present and to be mindful of what’s in front of us.
We love our fabulous Breathe students! We enjoy getting to know them a bit better each time they come to the studio and are delighted to share some insights on their yoga experiences. All of our students are an integral part of the Breathe community and we are happy to count John and Irene Ruthven among them.