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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Nidra: Deep Care for the Nervous System and Soul

  • Maha Rose 97 Green Street, #G3 Brooklyn, NY 11222 (map)

"Too much, too soon, too fast." Trauma biologically alters our brain chemistry, nervous system, and genome. Psychologically, it leaves an imprint that influences behavior, thoughts, and future responses to internal and external experience. Energetically, trauma can create blocks within the koshas, impact the healthy functioning of our chakras, and therefore challenge the full expression of our life force in divine exchange with others and the universe.

For so long many of us have walked around, bumping into things (so to speak), not knowing how it is that we are in this world, turning a critical glare towards ourselves or others for our challenges. Fortunately we are socially waking up to the very real affect of trauma, C-PTSD and PTSD, and how individual "micro" experiences register "macro" impact. We are learning more about trauma through advances in neuroscience and epigenetics research. Integrative techniques from somatic and transpersonal psychology are expanding our mental health repertoire. And culturally, movements like #metoo are giving voice to long-held, institutionally codified forms of systemic, intergenerational, compound trauma.

We are here to heal - ourselves, and our ancestral, karmic lineage - for our futures right here and now, and for the greater good of our planet and future generations. At a spiritual level, trauma can be understood as part of the soul-level contracts we made before incarnation; it is through the toughest of weather that the core wood of the tree grows strongest. But first, we must learn how to take care of ourselves, and hold space for those parts of us ready to release and transmute pain into medicine.

Yoga Nidra is an ancient Tantra Yoga meditation technique designed to deeply relax the body, and enter the hypnogogic state, the state between being awake and being asleep. In this state the body engages the parasympathetic nervous system to deeply relax, allowing emotional and energetic blocks from the subconscious and unconscious mind to arise and clear. The practice is performed lying down (or can be seated), and is suitable for all physical conditions.

This workshop is designed with love and respect for wherever you are in your process. In the workshop we will combine Yoga Nidra with trauma-informed breathwork and gentle movement, discussion, and journaling.