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Philadelphia, USA
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Tue Oct 27 2015 at 10:00 pm EST
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Learn the basic framework for yoga nidra guided meditation. This form of meditation has been highly researched as a therapeutic tool for reducing the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and more. The technique allows for full-body relaxation while training the mind to focus on the subtle body. In this intro course, we€™ll review some of the science, talk about the the technique and why it works, and practice a brief 15-minute guided meditation to prepare you for the best night€™s sleep you€™ll ever have!
Meditation teaches us how to breathe again, releasing blockages that put stress on our physical and mental bodies. It is a way of bringing balance to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. This session helps to let go of judgement and fears that are created by the mind, which prevent us from reaching our true potential. The unique meditation helps to release stress and anxiety and takes you on a journey of self-empowerment. This simple process is designed to be easy to follow and enjoyable. Benefits: * Ideal way to re-balance your body and calm the mind * Learn breathing techniques to assist with stress management * Release anxiety * Obtain clarity with ease * Stop the mind chatter * Relaxation * Taking back control of your thoughts * Connecting with soul purpose * End Insomnia A perfect chill out!
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Christina lives in Sydney Australia. She has been studying and practicing the art of meditation and healing since 2000. She travelled the world to understand and study the various belief systems, religions and to learn ways to heal the body. Christina spent time studying with Indigenous teachers, healers and shamans from Latin America, North America and Australia. For more information on Christina's adventures go to Bio at www.alkehela.com She now shares the tools that helped transform her life. The first principle of shamanism: "The world is what you think it is."
The first time I remember it happening was when I broke my femur. Yep, I managed to break the hardest bone to break in your body by skiing into a tree. A few hours later, as my leg was taped to a cardboard brace, my whole body started to shake uncontrollably. I couldn't stop my body from moving my broken leg because of all the shaking. Not only had I lost all control of my body, but the pain was excruciating and I didn't know how to make it stop. This was my first taste of a panic attack and I was 14. As the years went on, the panic returned often, most notably when I was feeling ill or I was around someone else who was. I suffered from an extreme phobia of throwing up, not surprisingly because it represents a total loss of bodily control. You know how some people like to just throw up and feel better and others fight it until the end? I'm one of the fighters. And I'll let my body shake uncontrollably for what seems like hours to avoid the experience. Yes, I would rather go through agony for hours, then agony for a minute or so. The shaking is always the worst in my thigh. College was an interesting time for me because there are a lot of people who throw up in college. I avoided parties like the plague and buried myself in schoolwork instead. Always an overachiever, I got involved so I didn't have to remind myself that I had nowhere to go on a Friday night. My overachievement, naturally, caused me a lot of stress. I turned to yoga to help calm me down and keep me in shape after completing P90X. I'd always wanted to be a writer when I was growing up. As I was getting ready to apply to college it was evident (for some reason) that I couldn't just graduate from college and be a "writer" so I chose to pursue journalism instead. I soon found out journalism wasn't for me, and switched to the public relations/marketing side of things. The year was 2010 and I was getting ready to graduate from college in an extremely poor job market. I had convinced myself that I would be an epic failure if I didn't find myself a job before I graduated, so I went on tons of informational interviews and upped my networking to make it happen. I was also working 10-20 hours a week, was the President of a co-ed Honors Fraternity, and was taking the hardest class I've ever taken in my life (it was a PR class). Needless to say, my stress levels were out of control. One night, as I was going to sleep, I started to feel extreme pain in my left chest. It hurt to breathe. I thought I was having a heart attack. I took a risk and waited until the morning to go to the campus health center. After seeing 3 or 4 different doctors and undergoing every electrical heart health test known to man, I got my diagnosis: there was nothing wrong with me. This infuriated me because I was constantly in pain every time I laughed, every time I breathed - I couldn't even practice yoga, the one thing I knew how to do that would calm me down. On my 21st birthday I went to the bar with my friends clutching my ribcage and reminding everyone not to make me laugh because I was in so much pain. There was definitely something wrong with me. And I had to heal my Self. I got on my mat anyway. I distinctly remember wincing in pain as I tried to power through my poses. It wasn't working. Yoga taught me how to calm down, and then when breathing and movement couldn't help me anymore, yoga taught me how to slow down and honor my body to give it the space it needed to heal. I showed up and did what I could. Sometimes I didn't show up at the studio at all, but I got rid of things in my life that were causing too much stress. I got involved in the community and found support. Incidentally, that solved my job problem, because I ended up getting a marketing job with the yoga studio. I started a cleanse program and dove into learning more about yoga philosophy and the yoga lifestyle. I changed my life, and my pain went away without a single prescription medication. A few years later, a big decision loomed. My boyfriend of 6 years was starting some extensive military training in a small town in Texas and he wanted me to go with him. Leaving Boulder, CO, would mean leaving my job, my community, my studio and everything I knew - especially my lifestyle. But there was something inside me that knew I needed to go. Over the course of 3 years, we moved from Boulder to Texas to Arizona to Washington DC and yoga helped me gain control of my life when it seemed like everything was out of my control. It helped me stay consistent, stick to a routine, and have faith. It helped me find a supportive community no matter where I went. And it helped me find myself in the places where I least expected it (ahem, Wichita Falls, TX). I started practicing yoga to stay in shape and release some stress. What I learned was how to love my life. How to have faith. How to find your community of people who support you and love you unconditionally. How to get back control. If it weren't for yoga, I'd still be hopelessly in pain. Today, it is my mission to help busy Type-A overachiever women like me gain back control of their lives, live pain-free, and love the life they want to live through yoga lifestyle practices.