Yoga For Better Sleep ~ A Workshop
Modern Life is frankly pretty damn exhausting. The world seems to be ever speeding up, and there seems to be less and less time to slow down and to rest and to sleep. Even when we go to bed, actually nodding off can take time and our mind is still whizzing, out body still wired and can't keep still.
'there does not seem to be one major organ within the body, or process within the brain, that isn't optimally enhanced by sleep....the physical and mental impairments caused by one night of bad sleep dwarf those caused by an equivalent absence of food or exercise" Sleep scientist Matthew Walker in the book 'Why We Sleep'.
Sleep is essential and amazing, so really something has to change. We need to find ways to wind down, to sleep better and for longer. My Yoga For Better Sleep Workshop is a response to this. It’s an afternoon to explore sleep from a yogic perspective. Combining the science of sleep with the ancient practices of yoga.
Who this sleep workshop for?
People who want to learn a little about the sleep of science, and how yoga can help you to work with your body to get a better nights sleep.
People who feel they are always tired and running on empty and feeling exhausted.
People who would like to learn techniques to get to sleep, and to get back to sleep after waking in the night.
All levels of yoga experience - including total beginners who are warmly welcomed.
What we'll do:
We’ll spend an afternoon exploring a little of the scientific theories about sleep, and then practice different yoga techniques that can help you find better sleep by working with your body, mind and breath. You’ll leave feeling calm and relaxed, nurtured and nourished, and that you have some practical techniques to use at home.
We'll explore a range of yoga practices including:
~ mindful and calming movement, to soothe the body and ease out tightness and tension.
~ restorative yoga using lots of bolsters, blankets and props to help the body to deeply release accumulated stress and tension, and to aiding breathing whilst allowing the body to find deep rest, replenishment and inner calm
~ breathing practices to calm the nervous system, restore balance and help to still the mind
~ using meditation to calm the chattering busy mind
~ we’ll explore some other simple relaxation techniques that can help you to sleep
~ We’ll end with a long guided relaxation called a Yoga Nidra for better sleep (Yoga Nidra actually means 'yogic sleep'). This is a deeply relaxing practice (as the name suggests!) done lying down, that really calms the mind. You’ll also receive a copy of this as an MP3 to take with you, and to use at home.
In addition we'll also look at different ways of using aromatherapy and essential oils, soothing herbs and herbal drinks, and creating an effective bed time ritual to wind down.
What you’ll take away:
You'll leave this workshop with a whole 'yoga for better sleep' toolkit, with a series of yoga tools for facilitating better sleep and with numerous benefits for our overall health.
This includes supportive handouts to take away including:
~ a yoga for better sleep sequence to practice before bed
~ a breathing techniques for sleep guide
~ create your own sleep ritual worksheet
~ essential oils for sleep mini-guide
~ 3 herbal wisdom recipes for better sleep
~ a specially recorded Yoga Nidra MP3 For Sleep to download
This workshop along with all the supportive handouts , guides and the MP3 track will give you real ideas and practices which you can integrate at home and can help create optimal conditions for sleep. So you'll also leave the workshop not only feeling restored and revitalised, but with clear ideas on how to integrate these helpful techniques into your everyday life.
My Yoga For Better Sleep Workshop is for anyone interested in better sleep and a healthier life. The workshop is open to everyone. No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
When & where:
When? Sunday 28th July 2019
What time? 4pm to 6.15pm
Where? York Yoga Studio, 112 Acomb Road, York, YO24 4EY.
This is a really beautiful, tranquil space - perfect for a sleep workshop. With all the equipment we’ll need (mats, bolsters, blocks etc). Bring a jumper, socks and an extra blanket if you can (nothing special, just a blanket from home). Lots of free and easy on street parking available.
How much? £22. (including all the supportive handouts and Yoga Nidra For Sleep MP3)
Please note that places are limited for this workshop, so ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL. So please book ASAP to be sure of a place.
To book Simply contact me to reserve your place and make payment (via BACS transfer or cheque), or or use the form below:
More about the sleep epidemic
The World Health Organisation has declared a sleep loss epidemic in industrialised nations. They recommend we sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night, but most of us don't. According to research the average Brit sleeps well under 7 hours a night. Sleep experts point to modern life as keeping us from sleeping. We know we tend to be more irritable and lethargic when we haven't slept, and we know that sleep is essential for our wellbeing. Not sleeping well can have serious consequences on ur physical and mental state. The effects of sleeping badly have been agreed on by the medical community, according to numerous studies, include:
~ runs down your immune system
~ increases your risk of coronary heart disease
~ increases your risk of stroke
~ increases your risk of diabetes
~ increases your risk of having a car accident
~ is associated with higer rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer
~ impairs your ability to concentrate
~ interferes with your memory
~ increases your risk of getting Alzheimers
~ makes weight gain more likely
~ reduces sex drive
~ increaces levels of stress hormore cortisol
~ increases likelihood of depression
This is really important stuff, we can see the implications that lack of sleep is having on our health.