What does a one-to-one session look like?
In your first session, we’ll do the groundwork to create an effective programme of treatment. I’ll be a caring, listening ear while you talk me through your challenges and aims. Once I understand the difficulties you’re facing, I’ll be able to design the best treatment programme for your needs using a combination of restorative yoga and yoga nidra (relaxed meditation practice).
Read more about these types of yoga below.
What will I get from one-to-one yoga?
You will receive:
A bespoke, deeply healing course of yoga – designed to help you overcome the challenges you face
Your own personal yoga nidra mp3 recordings, so that you can continue your healing journey in between sessions, at home.
Additional email support from me, in between sessions, as and when you need it
What is restorative yoga?
Restorative yoga helps to to release muscular tension, particularly in areas like the hamstrings, jaw, lower back, shoulders, diaphragm, psoas and abdomen. This creates space for the breath, which takes the body out of ‘flight or fight mode’. This makes restorative yoga incredibly beneficial for the nervous system, helping to combat stress, and improve digestion and immunity.
What is yoga nidra?
In short, yoga nidra is an effortless, guided meditation practice.
Can you remember a time when you were lying in bed and just dropping off to sleep? Or a time when you woke in the morning, and somehow knew you had slept well, although you had no memory of it? These states are similar to the state we enter when we practice yoga nidra.
Yoga nidra is deeply restful and can increase creativity, as well as helping us become less reactive and more responsive as it takes us on a journey through different brain-waves - much like sleeping and dreaming.
There are two ways we can approach yoga nidra:
Classic yoga nidra
A practice in which you simply listen and ‘receive’. This is usually how I begin working with clients, and is the same form of yoga nidra as I teach to groups in my workshops and retreat.
Yoga nidra dyads
A more interactive version of yoga nidra, where you tell me about the sensations and thoughts that arise during the practice. Dyads take yoga nidra beyond the deeply healing and restful experience of simply receiving, and invite you to stay connected to your feelings. It can be more intense way of working, but for those who feel ready to tackle the emotional roots of their challenges, if can be a very effective way of helping feelings to shift.
Both kinds of yoga nidra may focus on:
- Using sensing techniques to reconnect you with your body and breath, as way to feel ‘grounded’ and safe.
- Realising negative beliefs/behaviours and learning how to respond positively
- Exploring the complex nature of our emotions and beliefs – so that you can move beyond the negative
- Exploring how yoga philosophy can help you see your experiences as moving through you, rather than defining you
- Building your inner resources of strength and resilience
What are the benefits of practicing yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra usually leaves us feeling deeply rested, relaxed and rejuvenated. In fact, some people claim that the relaxation we experience in one hour’s yoga nidra is just as beneficial as 4 hours sleep!
Yoga nidra does more than just help us relax, however. Because it allows us to release completely, yoga nidra makes it possible to experience deep emotions while also accepting them – no matter how overwhelming we believe them to be. We build our inner resilience and strength to cope with what life throws at us.
I have never practiced yoga before, can I still try yoga nidra?
Absolutely. Yoga nidra is for everyone, and because you practice it whilst lying down, it doesn’t matter what your physical ability is or if you have never tried a yoga class before.
Should I eat before practicing yoga nidra?
As with all yoga, it is usually a good idea to avoid eating for at least 2 hours before you practice. If you have eaten a large meal before practicing yoga nidra, you may find you are more likely to fall asleep.
What happens if I always fall asleep?
In my opinion if you always fall asleep it is because you are very tired and need to sleep. Yoga nidra is a gift, and gives you what you need, so if you always fall asleep perhaps take this as a message than you are very tired, and need more rest.
However if you would like to experience yoga nidra and stay awake, you can practice it sitting in a comfortable seated position. It is really though best practiced lying down surrounded by blankets and cushions and blankets!
Is it safe to drive after yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra can put you in a very relaxed state of being, so it is usually best to not have to drive or cycle around busy roads straight after practicing. It can be a good idea to have a little something to eat or drink after practicing yoga nidra - a little nibble of dark chocolate can taste sublime!
Is practicing yoga nidra the same as meditating?
In many ways, yes. However yoga nidra is really a practice of bliss and contentment, with no effort. Meditation is often more effortful - the effort to sit, the effort to clear the thoughts and focus the mind, and the effort to build up a regular practice. In yoga nidra we generally lie down, and make no real effort to control the thoughts. We may set an intention to try and stay awake, but beyond that, we don’t engage the waking mind at all.
As with all yoga, it depends on your intention. If you want yoga nidra to be your meditation practice, then it can serve as that. If you want to practice yoga nidra and have a separate meditation practice, that is also fine.
When should I practice yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra can be practiced at any time of time. It is usually practiced on a yoga retreat in the late evening, to aid with sleep, but it can actually be practiced any time. Practicing first thing in the morning, for example, can offer you a different experience as you are more likely to be awake and alert, and so less likely to fall asleep.