Category: NEW public class : Thursday sadhana in Falls Church
Mindful movement | deep relaxation | seated meditation
(6:45-8:15pm in Falls Church)
Pls bring a yoga mat with you. If you do not have one, we will have some available.
Please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/PYLraEPaBwl9zMek2
Dynamic yoga leads to reduced muscle tension, while deep relaxation lowers blood pressure and slows both heart and respiratory rates. Cutting-edge scientific research has demonstrated the measurable therapeutic benefits of meditation, helping conditions such as metabolic syndrome or clinical depression.
Practicing mindful movement and deep relaxation allows us to listen deeply to our bodies. We learn to be gentle and to give ourselves space to understand and to grow. In this practice, our body becomes our friend and not a burden. Compassion toward ourselves will diffuse into our interactions with others. How we walk, move, sit, stand, and hold our body are reflections of our states of mind. When we move with ease, others around us will also feel light and relaxed in our presence.
Starting with mindful movements will loosen up the joints and spine resulting in suppleness and relaxation. We’ll move on to Dirgha, the three-part yogic breath, excellent for clearing the lungs and enhancing a general sense of aliveness, followed by Nadi Shodhana, the alternate-nostril breathing technique known for its rejuvenating and meditative qualities.
We will then be ready to practice asanas with concentration and steadiness as the yogic teachings prescribe: sthira sukham asanam (“steady, comfortable, seat”). After that we will lie down for a relaxing body scan, yoga nidra. We will close with a seated, refreshing breath-based meditation.
You will go home feeling relaxed and peaceful. No prior yoga or meditation experience is necessary to join. Your investment: $20 drop-in.
Your instructor Anna is deeply devoted to her meditation and yoga practice and to helping others along the path. Growing up in India, she watched her father meditate and did sun salutations barefoot. Her studies in yoga, meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and ayurveda (the sister science of yoga) started with Indian Master, Kamal Srinivas (one of 8 Indian masters) in 2001. Please visit asaya.org for full bio.