ARE YOU BALANCED?
Linda Garcia, RYT
The first Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation Workshop was held at The Family Tree in June. It was well attended and received. I opened the workshop with the saying, “There’s nothing quite as exciting as experiencing danger from a place of safety!” What image does this statement conjure up for you? For me, it’s the Iowa weather. Extreme conditions of blizzards, tornados, and flashing-booming lightning storms have always been a magnet of interest for me. It’s thrilling to watch these dangerous weather systems roll in from the comfort and safety of my home, that is, when I finally decide to enter the safety of my home. I’m always the last one to the basement as it is too exciting being in the elements and testing the waters of danger. In Yogic terms, I’m going to my edge!
Yoga Nidra has also become analogous with this saying. Yoga Nidra is a wondrous tool providing me with safety and balance amidst the storms of life. We all have storms and stresses. Nobody is immune. We’re all busy. It’s a part of our cultural DNA. The problem is when stress becomes a chronic biological condition. Unfortunately we usually don’t realize we are in a state of chronic stress because it happens cumulatively. We forget what it feels like to feel healthy, to get a good night of sleep, night after night, to be fully rested and invigorated upon awakening. Our typical sleep cycle rarely drops us down into the deep sleep state where delta brain waves are uniformly distributed throughout both hemispheres of our brains. This is the place we need to be in order to receive rejuvenation, healing, and restoration.
Yoga Nidra to the rescue! Yoga Nidra has been nicknamed power napping because one 30-45 minute session is equal to three hours of deep sleep. This has a tremendous effect on the balancing of your energy throughout the day and into the evening. While in this state, your brain is able to release your body’s natural calming and healing hormones like GABA, serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. The natural release of these hormones also decreases and counteracts the effects of damaging chemicals that are stored in your body’s tissue due to stress such as cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, lactate, and adrenaline.
It is believed that 80% of all medical visits are due to stress. Disorders and diseases that have been directly linked to stress are: asthma, sleep disorders, depression/mood swings, high blood pressure/cholesterol, diabetes/hypoglycemia, unexplained pain/ weakness/ fatigue, GI disorders (irritable bowel, constipation, nausea, etc.), skin disorders, fertility, sexual response, allergies, heart disease, chronic muscle tension, migraines/tension headaches, anxiety, immune response, and certain types of cancer. Is this the life path you are willing to go down due to stress?
Yoga Nidra provides overwhelming evidence to the contrary. A Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation practice decreases symptoms related to stress, anxiety, depression, HBP, ADHD, and PTSD. It will slow aging, improve sleep, reduce impulsivity, increase mental clarity and neural communication, improve digestion, balance blood sugars, and improve blood flow to major organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, and liver. This is the path I have chosen for the rest of my life. I hope you will, too. It’s easy, relaxing, and fun.
Join me beginning Tuesday, September 3 for a 10-session course that will change your life. I look forward to guiding you on your way so that you too can feel the excitement of experiencing danger from a place of safety. Find your balance! Live Radiantly!
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I find Yoga Nidra with Linda Garcia helps me to restore the peace in my soul, while also relieving the stress of everyday life. The relaxed feeling following a session is very powerful and encourages me to practice Yoga Nidra everyday to maintain this throughout my life. I feel blessed to have found Linda and the Practice of Yoga Nidra. I wish I would have known it 30 years ago.
Brenda Nolan, RN, MSN, BC-ADM, CDE
Who knew that being so relaxed would add so significantly to my wellbeing! I sleep more deeply, arise feeling fully rested, am less prone to overreacting to "life stuff" during my day, feel more grounded and centered ... since practicing Yoga Nidra these past few months with Linda Garcia.
Robin Kline, MS, RD, CCP
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I am a flight attendant of 20years. As a result of irregular work hours and traveling to different time zones, over the years I have developed sleep issues. I was having a hard time going to and staying asleep. A few years ago I was evaluated at a sleep clinic. I was given a diagnosis of chronic jet lag. I tried hypnotism and brain wave synchronized therapy. Both produced very little positive results. Eventually the only way I was able to sleep was by using a prescribed medical sleep aide. I thought this was to be a new normal for me until I started practicing Yoga Nidra for Insomnia with Linda Garcia. As a result of practicing with Linda, I have experienced very positive results that have been life changing for me. I am easily falling asleep. Occasionally I will awake, however I am not having any problem returning to a sleep state. In the morning, I am no longer struggling to awake. I am waking up feeling rested and alert. I no longer feel tired or sluggish during my waking hours. I am also experiencing an overall calm confidence and sense of wellbeing that carries me through my day. At the end of my day I am not anxious or fearful of trying to go to sleep, as I now know by practicing Yoga Nidra for Insomnia I will easily fall to and stay asleep. Thank you Linda! I am able to sleep without the use of a prescribed medical sleep aide. You have not only given me the gift of sleep, I am also receiving the healthy benefits from a night of restful sleep.
Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant