Using the tools of a restorative practice , resting on bolsters to recharge the energy of the adrenals and digestive energy and to connect to that softness and fluidity we experience in the body when our mind has the opportunity to rest in its natural ease. Please join Me for this extended deep relaxation practice.
With Maggie Dunne.
All exercises in this Kriya tones the nervous system by using the breath, which alleviates depression, lethargy and helps to build vitality and stamina. The workshop ends with a 20-minute yoga nidra meditation to further assist you to relax and release fear.
“Your greatest strength is love. Your greatest weakness is fear.” - Yogi Bhajan
You are welcome to stay after class for a herbal tea and some healthy treats.
What to bring: Water bottle, yoga mat and blanket for the yoga nidra meditation.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is suitable for all levels and for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses that life throws at us. It is also known the Yoga of Awareness. It is one of the most transformative yoga practices today.
It is based on a set of exercises (kriya) that are designed specifically to target certain areas of your body in order to strengthen them and help them release toxins. It increases oxygen, boosts blood flow, balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, builds intuition and reduces stress-induced toxins such as adrenaline and cortisol.
What does a Kundalini Yoga class involve?
Each class usually involves a short warm up sequence or breathing exercises, followed by a kriya (set), meditation and relaxation. In Kundalini Yoga we combine breath (pranayam), hand positions (mudra), eye-focus, meditation and sound (mantra), body locks, and postures (asana) in a precise and conscious manner.
MBSR COURSE: ( mindfulness based stress reduction)
Course date: Date to be decided. 10.30 -1pm
Cost: 295.00 euros Limited Numbers
Venue: Tree of Life Malahide
Facilitator: Maggie Dunne
Practicing mindfulness helps us to develop inner resources such as clarity and stability which we can draw on through the ups and downs of life. It can ‘wake us up’ to aspects of our everyday experience which we miss when we are constantly lost in our thoughts. It allows us to be present for the good times, and it gives us awareness of what supports or interventions might be needed when times are tough. With practice we become better equipped to be present to life as it is, and to respond with more kindness and wisdom to whatever comes along.
The eight- week programme of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979. The course is suitable for those with prior meditation experience and those who have none. It introduces participants to different forms of mindfulness practice including sitting meditation, body awareness and gentle mindful movement. The classes also include explorations of how stress manifests in our lives. As the emphasis is on bringing mindful awareness into everyday life, a commitment to home daily practice of thirty to forty minutes is required.
Research has shown that committed participation in an eight-week mindfulness course can have lasting positive effects on health and well-being.
The course includes:
• 7 x 2 1/2 hour classes (weeks 1 – 7)
• 1 x 3 hour class (week 8 continues to 10pm)
• A full Day of Mindfulness on Sat/Sun from 10.15 am -4.00 pm (date to be decided)
• an initial orientation to determine if this is the right course at the right time for you, as this is an intense course in Mindfulness Meditation
• CDs/Audio links and workbook to support your practice.
Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you to:
- become familiar with the workings of your mind, including the ways we avoid or get caught up in difficulties.
- notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals or rachet up anxiety levels.
- explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and enter a different way of being.
- get in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world.
- notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head.
- be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals.
- find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time.
- accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.
- be able to exercise greater choice in life.
Effects of developing mindfulness include;
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- An increased ability to relax
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved self-esteem
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
- Enhanced interpersonal relationships
- Increased ability to manage anxiety and depression and/or low mood
- Reduced tension
- Better sleep
- Greater sense of meaning and purpose in life’