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It’s time for another Yoga Nidra experience.  Who knows what will happen this time?  Surely, not I.  Nevertheless, it’s important to continue the research. Scientific documentation seems to be important to a lot of people, as if that were the absolute truth of any matter.  Those on a yoga journey are learning (or rather unlearning) different perspectives.

I’ve been teaching yoga and yoga therapy for a long time now and it’s interesting to note that insomnia is an increasingly common complaint.  Sleep disorders abound.

Many people self-medicate in order to get a good nights sleep.  Some people die from the medicating substance, whether it be  pharmaceutical, organic, or cooked up in your kitchen by the resident witch/healer.

What needs to be looked at more closely is that all of these cures/methods for inducing sleep are relying on an external something (pill/tea/etc.) to put us to sleep.  Nothing is inherently wrong (or right) with that approach.  Sometimes we need help.  But, here’s an article from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter that certainly deserves some thinking time.   If you do not want to read the whole thing at least scroll thru it and read the headlines, please.

scan0005On August 29 I’ll be facilitating another Yoga Nidra experience in SoCa. I’ve been de-stressing the American population for a long time, or trying to.  I’m learning that SoCa has it’s own unique list of stressor’s, quite different from those on the East Coast….    This past weekend a 6’ bookcase filled with china & glassward toppled over right next to me!  Other people were there too and it was ‘decided’ that it must have been an earthquake.  Yikes!

Stress is everywhere.

If you’ve experienced a yoga nidra before, this one is guaranteed to be different.  It’s built into the ‘system’.  After all,  every moment in time/space is utterly unique and changing at the same time.   Trust that you always get what you need but not necessarily what you want.

Nevertheless, healing happens with yoga nidra practices.

I’ve put together a teacher-training for those who would like to learn more about this pratyahara experience.  Find me if you’re interested.

I’ll be happy to bring this training to your group/studio.

Contact me and we’ll talk about how to do that.

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I began facilitating stress management classes around 1989,  but here’s a tidbit of information Ilearned in a recent YTT class on stress-management.

When they did all those studies to determine what is known as the fight or flight reaction they used men. After observation those were the words that were chosen (Fight/flight) to represent  the surges of adrenalin and cortisol as witnessed in a male human body. Fight. Flight. Sounds simple enough , and it’s quite true. Remember, that primal brain is still operational, despite modern evolution.

The tidbit though is about how a woman’s body responds to those same adrenal gland secretions.  Recently they duplicated the same studies and discovered that neither fight or flight were the most common responses for the females.  At All!  What had been observed  was that female bodies tended  more to Freeze during stressful conditions.  Think ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of reaction.

When I took a little survey among  my students, men & women, I discovered that The Freeze feels much more resonate with them than fighting or fleeing….not always, but most of the time.  Nearly all seemed to breathe a sigh of relief by just hearing that alternative F-word. (freeze)

Whatever. Stress is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. Yoga helps. Find a teacher that you resonate with. Go often. Relieve your stress. It’s good for everyone. Yoga Nidra tonite.

Come, The Door is Round and Open. (rumi)

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