Mondays at noon and Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Come to find a space of groundedness, peace and inner joy. You may even find your self in deep inquiry, healing and transformation.

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation is a modern adaptation of ancient yoga nidra techniques, informed by the wisdom of modern psychology.  Studies have demonstrated that iRest is an effective practice for people with anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, and PTSD. iRest has been brought to many diverse populations, including those who are homeless or suffering domestic abuse. It is beneficial for people living their lives in any situation, in work, school, or home life:

This weekly class will begin with gathering circle, where we’ll start with brief introductions and a Sanskrit chant (don’t worry — it is easy). We’ll then learn a Sanskrit mantra for the day’s practice (again — easy), and have a short discussion on an iRest practice related to the chant. We use chant as a way to set the space apart as a time of immersion just for you. Sanskrit, in particular, sets up internal vibrations that can help calm the mind and direct the senses within.

We’ll then have a 35 minute guided meditation, with time at the end for silence, and a soft reprise of the Sanskrit chant to take with you into your day.

You will receive a recording of the practice of the day for your own practice at home.

Wear comfortable clothing, & bring a yoga mat. There will be no yoga postures. You may participate in the guided meditation either lying or seated on your mat or seated on a chair. Be sure to bring along anything needed to help you be more comfortable during the meditation such as a pillow, or favorite blanket.

More about iRest:

iRest teaches that we can use our time in yoga nidra to notice everything that arises. These may be feelings, emotions, thoughts or beliefs; we learn to welcome them as guests, whether they are comfortable or not. We feel these messengers from the heart, as a felt-sense, and gain insight as to the message being delivered. We may receive insight as to actions we need to take, advice, as it were, from this messenger. These actions may help us to live in harmony with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us. We gain ease in living life that continues to bring joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain. We find that we are not these experiences, rather we are the Awareness in which these experiences arise. We then can welcome and be with the great variety of experiences reality has to offer, and always respond most authentically and joyfully to them, no matter the circumstance. That is iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation. 

Jay Coldwell

 Jay Coldwell, RYT-200, having studied with Mary Hilliker. He is an iRest Level 2 Teacher, having studied with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez. Jay has studied Vedic Chant with Sonia Nelson and Linda Spackman at the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, continues to regular lessons with Linda.

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