John AYN Founder Michelle Ryan for an afternoon of rejuvenating, restorative yoga and Ayurvedic daily practices that you can do for yourself or share with those you love, to help reboot after the holidays, prepare for the New Year, and help pacify the body's reaction to the coldest, darkest, and often most stressful time of the year in New England.
Winter, with its longer nights and shorter days, is the best time of year to contemplate quiet joy, cultivate gratitude, and take stock for the future. With the stress of holidays, drop in temperature, increase in cold windy days, and the decrease of sunlight hours, however, we often tend to overstimulate ourselves during this classic "vata" time of year.
Instead of exacerbating these natural shifts., Ayurveda teaches us to listen and observe - to work wisely with these seasonal changes in the macrocosm and create habits to sensibly balance our microcosm, through nourishing and immunity boosting daily practices of self-care and healing.
Ayurveda is the original "eat seasonal, eat sensible" practice of living in harmony with our planet - it is a science of living and caring for our bodily temples, gifted to us from India. Its timeless wisdom of consistent, mindful self awareness, combined with its nourishing daily self-care techniques (dinacharya) will enable you to work through the stresses of this holiday season and the coming new year with greater grace, equanimity and calm.
Well start our class with a brief meditation session, setting a personal sankalpa (intention) for seasonal wellbeing or the New Year. You'll then experience a gentle therapeutic movement practice, to get the joints and spine awakened, followed by the Four Purifications/Kriyas of Baba Hari Dass gentle cleansing breathing practices that may be done every day to awaken the digestive system, and purify and ground the nervous system. Michelle will outline the basics of Ayurveda, with an emphasis on the intention of dinacharya techniques and practices. She'll demonstrate some of the Ayurvedic daily practices you can do to improve health, digestion, sleep and energy during this often stressful time of the year - and you'll get a chance to experience and practice some of them on yourself, too! We will end with rejuvenating and relaxing guided Yoga Nidra - "yoga sleep" - followed by a warm seasonal Ayurvedic beverage and treat upon awakening.
$45 for the workshop plus instructional workbook, an authentic copper tongue scraper from India, and guided Yoga Nidra audio download. All are welcome!
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