Regular meditation classes during the day at the Lotus Retreat, Oxfordshire
Reiki development and Meditation Circle with Kathleen Hartley and Carrie Rossiter
Time - 5.45 - 6.45pm Last Sunday of each month in the Lotus Hall
Carrie and Kathleen host a monthly evening of Reiki and meditation for those attuned to Reiki level one and above, or those about to learn level one. During these beautiful evenings, the group practice giving and receiving Reiki, and enjoy a meditation led by Kathleen Hartley. The evenings often include some fun energy-work exercises and fascinating talks of subjects such as dowsing and chakras. During the session you will enjoy working energetically with other like minded people in a healing space. With Kathleen and Carrie as your guides, we will explore many fascinating skills including dowsing, how to manifest your dreams, staying protected, chakra balancing and staying "clear". Each session will end with healing in pairs or as a group.
Carrie is a holistic therapist, Reiki master and founder of the Lotus Retreat and Kathleen is a Law of attraction life coach and Reiki Master.
For bookings and queries, please contact Carrie by email on email@example.com or call Kathleen on 07587003000
Yoga Nidra Meditation with Sheryl Louise
Time - 9.30-10.30am Tuesday in the Lotus Shala
This September we are very pleased to be hosting yoga Nidra mediation with yoga teacher Sheryl Louise. Sheryl is a Reiki practitioner, Yoga teacher and is currently training in yoga therapy and is passionate about using yoga and meditation to fully and authentically connect with the self and enable healing on all levels - mind, body and soul. Please note that this class is every other Tuesday.
What is Yoga Nidra Meditation?
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosher (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. No longer do you have to dread spending hours sitting on the floor waiting for liberation.
Here are five benefits of developing a yoga nidra practice.
1. Anyone Can Do Yoga Nidra
Intense vinyasa flows and long asana holds are not for everyone. Yoga nidra, however, is a practice that everyone, from children to seniors, can do. It's easy to follow at any age. All that your body needs to do is lie down on the floor. And even if you can't lie down on the floor, you can still do this practice seated.
2. You Cannot Practice Yoga Nidra Incorrectly
As you lie down, supported in savasana, all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. It's likely that you will remember certain parts of the meditation and not others. Every time you come to the practice you encounter a new experience—none of which is wrong. Falling asleep is okay too, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice.
3. Yoga Nidra Is Easy to Incorporate into Your Daily Life
Seated meditation can be frustrating—trying to clear the mind, bring awareness back to the breath, or find inspiration for focusing. Yoga nidra is always guided, so there is no intense thinking or wondering why you are staring at a blank wall. A yoga nidra practice can be as short as five minutes and as long as an hour. You choose the length. You may find that the easiest way to accommodate a yoga nidra practice is to make it part of your daily bedtime routine. Put the headphones on, practice right in your bed, and then drift off to sleep. Although this is not the most conventional way to practice yoga nidra, you have no excuse not to do it if you're going to be lying down anyway.
4. It's a Simple Way to Reduce Stress
Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation that isn’t found in your average meditation practice. The stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health.
5. Yoga Nidra Offers the Opportunity to Learn About Yourself Intimately
Some people crave the profound relaxation that this practice instills, while other practitioners use the non-judgmental and secure atmosphere that yoga nidra provides as a window into themselves. Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions. During yoga nidra you are able to experience an emotion and come “face to face” with what you want to overcome, without "diving into it" completely—meaning without feeling the emotion so completely that you become overwhelmed. Over time you continue to experience the emotion and associated feelings, moving deeper into the practice.
Cost - donation only (Booking essential)
To book please contact Sheryl by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 07795364134