Yoga Nidra is a practice that ANYONE can do; it does not require physical exertion. It is a guided lying-down meditation that induces full-body relaxation and strong states of awareness. This 2-hour session begins with gentle tension-relieving stretches and resting poses, leading up to a 45-minute Yoga Nidra practice. The various elements of the workshop, taken together and practiced regularly, will improve sleep and memory, relieve anxiety and fatigue, and make up a sophisticated set of mind-body tools to generate greater calm and clarity in navigating the storms of life. Cost is $20 (20% off for monthly members of The Shift and Weaverville Yoga). Registration in advance is preferred. 1st Sundays in Weaverville and final Sundays in Hendersonville. Upcoming dates:
Sunday, May 27th, 3-5pm at The Shift Hendersonville REGISTER
Sunday, June 3rd, 3-5pm at Weaverville Yoga Weaverville REGISTER
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Self-Acceptance, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity – the four “boundless qualities” of the Yoga tradition – are the very foundation of mental health. Neuroscientists and research psychologists now confirm what so many of the world’s spiritual traditions have encouraged us to believe: that practicing compassion and inner peace are central to our wellbeing, personally and globally. Recent collaboration between spiritual thinkers, research psychologists, and neuroscientists are giving us a sophisticated understanding of how specific practices strengthen our ability to love ourselves, to give compassionate audience to our suffering, and to access the peace and joy available to us in each moment. Studies show that these tools have the power to fundamentally improve our brain chemistry and the resiliency of our nervous system. Cultivating the four “boundless qualities” is associated with significant reduction in symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and post-traumatic stress syndrome. In this 7-week series, you will learn to create an internal sanctuary that is safe, nurturing, resilient and grounded in personal insight. Practices used in this series are gentle, trauma-sensitive, and accessible to all bodies. To accommodate participant’s schedules, each session both reviews and builds upon previous content, so that up to 3 sessions can be missed while still absorbing the full content of the series. Lecture notes and instructions for practice are emailed each week.
Sundays at Weaverville Yoga, 6pm – 8pm
March 11th – April 29th (March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29)
Early Bird Registration (by February 25th) $120
Standard Registration (by March 10th) $135
Prana is a sanskrit word meaning “primary energy” or “life force”. We often hear yoga instructors describe asana (physical postures) as a means to open channels in the body to allow prana or “life force” to flow more freely. Breath practices, called pranayama, are considered to be the most immediate path to directing and regulating the flow of our vital energy. Breath combined with sound (whether in the form of humming, chanting, or mantra recitation) can be a particularly potent way to stimulate prana and, in the form of mantra, to connect to spiritual qualities or to realize aspirations. In this 4-week series, you will learn how to incorporate breath practices and breath-with-sound into yoga and meditation. Breath practices are a natural and evidence-based way to improve lung capacity, heart health, digestion, and mental wellbeing. Breath-with-sound is clinically proven to be one of the most effective methods of improving vagal tone which is directly related to heart function, nervous system resiliency, and emotional regulation.
Complete the full series or drop-in for one or more sessions.
Full Series: $75 (register by January 31st)
Partial Series: $20 per session (register by Jan. 31st)
Drop-in: $25 per session (no registration required)
*20% off Full/Partial Series for students of The Shift Studio
I offer 4 weekly public yoga classes in Buncombe & Henderson Counties. All classes are highly accessible and beneficial for all, brand new beginners as well as seasoned students; with the exception of Yoga Flow + Core which is designated for seasoned students who desire a more physically vigorous practice.
Tuesdays, 9:45-11am, Therapeutic Yoga
The Shift Studio in Hendersonville
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:30, Yoga Flow + Core
The Shift Studio in Hendersonville
Thursdays, 9am – 10:15, Gentle & Therapeutic Yoga
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:15 Yin & Restorative Yoga