This session combines the benefits of yoga nidra (guided meditation with breathwork and visualization) with an exploration of the chakras.

Yoga nidra unifies the mind, body, and spirit in a state of deep meditation. It slows the mind in order to release us from the symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, PTSD, and repetitive thoughts. It calms the body so that chronic pain, heart disease, hormone imbalance, high blood pressure, muscle tension, and other ailments with a stress component begin to normalize. It’s also a spiritual practice that can take one deeper and deeper into the subtle realms of self awareness.

Chakras are subtle energy centers located along the spinal column that aid in the transformation of psycho-emotional energy into spiritual energy. Although they are invisible, chakras exert strong influences on our bodies, minds, and emotions.

As part of this specialized yoga nidra practice there will be a guided meditation on each of the seven main chakras, its color, sound, and other characteristics. Receiving information while in a relaxed and open state is a different and effective way to learn or reinforce what you already know.

Class starts with breathwork or chanting to help us transition from the bustle of our daily lives to a state of stillness. If chanting and breathwork are new to you, it’s perfectly fine to observe in silence until you’re ready to participate.

Bring a pillow, eye pillow, eye shades, blanket, shawl, or whatever helps you to lie down comfortably on your back for 45 minutes. If lying on your back on the floor is a problem, we can find other ways to make you comfortable. Tejas provides bolsters to put under your knees (relieving pressure on the lower back) and yoga blankets. If you don’t have a yoga mat, they can be rented at the front desk. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a sweater if you get cold easily.

There’s nothing else for you to do but close your eyes and listen.

Lastly, Karen closes the practice with a short prayer and asks that we all observe silence for a few moments so those who wish to leave the room this way are able to do so. She welcomes your comments and questions and is generally available before or after class.