Join us every Monday and Wednesday from 10-11am for a FREE Guided Meditation Class held in the new UP commUNITY Center presented by Jax Federal Credit Union. Meditation is an easy way to let go of stress and restore peace and balance to the whole body. Learning how to turn off the mind is the greatest gift you can ever give to yourself and will revolutionize every area of your life. The Unity Plaza free Guided Meditation Class utilizes a powerful technique known as the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra (see below for more details).
Classes begin Monday May 4, 2015 and will be facilitated by Dr. Marie Bailey, Psy.D.
What to bring: This meditation is done lying down. Please bring a mat, pillow, and blanket for comfort. Chairs will be provided for those who are unable to lay on the floor.
What is Yoga Nidra Meditation?
The following content is from the Amrit Yoga Institute’s website:
The Amrit Method® of Yoga Nidra a unique marriage of science and spirit, combining alert awareness and deepest relaxation. It takes your brain to the alpha state and eventually the even deeper theta wave state. Here, without effort or strain, you are able to tap into your own source of intuition, creativity, health and abundance.
Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying down position. You are guided through a series of breathing exercises and simple instructions. Some of these include visual imagery or a scan of the body, which occupies the mind and prevents it from becoming involved in the usual mind-chatter that absorbs our ordinary consciousness. Within a short time, you become submerged in the alpha state, where brain rhythms drop into the silent space within. Here you are simultaneously able to access both the logical left brain and the intuitive, insightful right brain. This naturally and effortlessly brings you into integration, where you experience deep relaxation yet remain aware and conscious.
Modern science now confirms what yogis discovered thousands of years ago: that focusing on the Third Eye reactivates hormones located in the pineal gland in center of the brain. Studies confirm that the pineal gland hormone, melatonin, is a powerful agent in helping prevent illness, retard premature aging, reduce stress, induce more restful sleep, boost the immune system, and promote healing. Research has proven the benefits of this technique on lowering stress and promoting overall health:
- Electroencephalograph studies (EEG) demonstrate that the increase of alpha brain waves is directly linked with the relaxation of the nervous system.
- Stress hormones are reduced, blood pressure and heart rates decline and the metabolic system slows down.
The Biological Basis of Yoga Nidra
Stress is the biggest problem of modern life. We carry tensions both within the physical body and on even deeper levels in the subtle bodies which we are not even aware of. While physical tension can be eased by stretching, exercise or massage, subtle tensions are difficult to recognize and even harder to release. Amrit Method Yoga Nidra is a unique method that goes below surface tensions to release and transform stress at its deepest level.
Normal waking brain activity produces the faster, fragmented beta waves. The waking state also engages the sympathetic nervous system which reacts to stimulus and the secretion of adrenaline. Chronic engagement of this state forcing the right brain and parasympathetic nervous system to progressively become more dormant.
Yoga Nidra allows you to drop into a sleep-like state with relaxed brainwave activity. Slow alpha waves, and even slower theta waves, produce deep relaxation and are the entry points to the subconscious. In this state, you can make a conscious crossover from the logical left brain to the intuitive right brain, connected to the field of conscious pranic intelligence, where intention is carried out spontaneously and effortlessly.
One purpose of yoga and Yoga Nidra is to initiate the integrative process that balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and the left and right brain. Establishing awareness in the Third Eye sets off the powerful, integrative forces of homeostasis; the natural balance of polarity. With the removal of all surface and subtle tensions and entry into deeply integrated space, you simultaneously enter the state of communion with the divine, luminous, radiant, omnipresent presence.
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