FROM COVID19 - RACIAL UNREST - YOGA NIDRA PRACTICE
Since the Covid19 pandemic hit us, I decided that I wanted to continue our weekly practice of Yoga Nidra. The first one was a practice to get used to streaming by zoom, the next one was dedicated to www.neighbourhooddoulas.org. We have continued with this practice and we are using this weekly practice, to create community, continuity and relaxation from the constant fear and anxiety of news or deaths and dying, but also potential unseen threat of the Covid19 virus.
Since I sent this previous blog we have had other issues hit our headlines. The murder of George Floyd in Minnesota hit our new and networks and everyone is reeling from see this murder, by police. Highlight the systemic racism throughout the police force, even by black police and other ethnicities.
Now more than every we need to resource ourself and find resilience and fortitude. This is a time for internal reflection.
My Yoga Nidra practice will continue on a fortnightly basis, because to get clarity and to connect with our humanity we need to dig really deep. Question ourselves our attitudes and be prepared to not just give lip service, but to put it into a living practice. For this we need to keep our mindful practice going.
To be mindful of your own racism, your own biases your own love of others, you need to look at self and give loving kindness and compassion to yourself. Do not forgive or give energy to the evil that is in the world.
Yoga Nidra (awake sleep) is a guided visualisation, rotation around the body and the participants are in shavasana the corpse pose. This process takes around 45 mins and by activating your conscious mind we are allowing the sub-conscious mind to release and let go of all the patterns that we hold. The practitioners place their own intention/resolve and allow that to unfold.
To damp down the chatter and allowing yourself to be in the moment; present and accepted just as you are.
The feed back so far has been: "As I do this practice each week, I am able to relax more into it and it helps me through my stressful week"
"Each week, I begin to discover what I need from this practice"
"I feel calm and relaxed"
"I go really deeply into this practice"
"I surprisingly feel relaxed, but also energised after this practice"
"There is something about doing this practice in a community, even if its by zoom, it feels that we are all held and working and supporting each other"
"I am glad you are continuing this practice"
"I got a better understanding of the chakras from todays practice"
"I can give myself permission to relax and let go and be present with this practice, thank you for sharing it with us" www.arlenedunkleywood/yoga-nidra please check to confirm.
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