Slow Yoga and Yoga Nidra
This yoga practice is essentially a relaxing, “deep sleep” guided meditation designed to gently train attention toward the spaciousness of the present moment.
You’ll experience a mindful emergence:
- from the addiction of distraction
- into a clear view of your expanded self
- with compassion as the foundation
What to Expect
A comfortable room with dimmed lights, meditative music, yoga mats and cushions available. We will settle in for about five minutes as we listen to a theme for the evening, followed by guided instruction in trauma-sensitive slow-flow yoga for about 20 minutes. We will have a short break to prepare for a Yoga Nidra session of about 30 minutes.
Yoga Nidra involves lying down and listening to a guided meditation on the body, breath, opposite sensations, such as heavy and light, images, and a time for silent reflection. A unique feature of Yoga Nidra is the use of a present-moment, positive intention that you choose for yourself at the beginning and recall at the end.
This is an effective practice to reduce the harmful effects of chronic stress and trauma, especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It also promotes creativity and improves the quality of sleep. The remaining 15 minutes will be a time for journaling and sharing, which is optional.
What You’ll Receive
A follow-up email with my yoga nidra recording plus suggestions for using yoga and meditation to move from thinking to feeling and to reclaim a compassionate connection to body, breath, and mind.
Who Might Want to Attend
Anyone who wants to connect with their body at a slow and mindful pace and who has the physical ability to transition to and from the floor. A willingness to lie down, follow guided suggestions, and explore stillness is important.
It is also fine to sit up or quietly exit the room if relaxation suggestions trigger restlessness. It is a practice! Accommodations will be offered to allow your body and mind to proceed at a comfortable pace.
Margaret Kirschner is a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapist with 17 years of experience teaching yoga. She is Certified with International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists C-IAYT, and is also an experienced Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, a Certified Birth Doula CD(DONA), and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor-Intern (CSAC-I).
- When: the first Wednesday evening of each month, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
- Where: AIM Meditation Hall, 175 Weaverville Rd, Suite H, Asheville, NC 28804
- Registration: Not required. Simply show up a little before 7:00pm.
- Suggested Donation: $10
- What to Bring
- Your own yoga mat if you have one. Otherwise, extra mats will be available.
- An eye pillow, if you wish to use one
- Your own journal if you have one. Otherwise, pens and paper will be available.
You can contact the teacher, Margaret, using the form below.