STRESSED? EXHAUSTED? OVERSTIMULATED? TRY YOGA NIDRA

Feel refreshed and relaxed in 20 minutes!

–and you don’t need to be a practiced yogi or meditator to enjoy the benefits.

You don’t even need to go to a class or pay a teacher with today’s audio downloads and smartphone apps.  All you need is a place where you won’t be interrupted for a short time and it can be done in any physical orientation (sitting, lying down, or even standing. Through guided imagery, breathing and body scanning, you submerge yourself into a restful, healing state that is a unique combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation-yoga nidra. Your brain waves slow to the alpha state or even theta, where you are able to tap into your subconscious mind and source of intuition, creativity and healing while remaining aware and conscious.

As you scan your body and explore sensations, emotions, and thought patterns you will be guided to move back and forth between feeling and witnessing, observing without responding, as your nervous system unwinds and comes into balance.

Through the integrative process that that balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, it quickly relieves anxiety and slows the fight or flight response. Stress hormones are reduced, blood pressure and heart rates decline and the metabolic system slows down.

Since Yoga Nidra has been shown to reduce levels of stress, hostility and anxiety in chronically-ill patients, veterans and school counselors it has been integrated into a program to treat vets with PTSD.

The benefits credited to Yoga Nidra practice include both psychological and physical-

  • Relief from insomnia
  • Reduction of depression and anxiety
  • Elimination of phobias
  • General improved well-being
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Improvement in immune system function
  • Pain relief
  • Asthma relief
  • Reduction in insulin dependence in diabetics

Is Asthma Part of Your Life?

Fortunately, studies consistently demonstrate significant improvement in the severity of symptoms with hypnosis for chronic or exercise-induced asthma with adults and children.Woman Coughing

A review shows a 50-74% improvement in the severity of symptoms, reducing the number of times a bronchodilator is used and length of hospital stays, less wheezing and coughing, that it helps to manage the emotional states that exacerbate airway obstruction, and stabilizes airway hyper-responsiveness. The same approach also helps with “habit cough”, also known as a “cough tic.”

Because my clients learn relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to use at home as needed, they feel empowered knowing that they have tools to reduce the severity of bronchospasm. They feel more in control, so their anxiety doesn’t make things worse. A feeling of confidence contributes a lot to their day to day feeling of well-being.

If Depression can Lead to Illness, What Causes Depression?

So much more to learn about the relationships between the mind, emotions and the body!

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Dr. Esther Sternberg’s “groundbreaking work on the link between the central nervous system and the immune system, (explored) how immune molecules made in the blood can trigger brain function that profoundly affects our emotions, (and) has revolutionized our understanding of the integrated being we call a human self.”

Despite that now it is mainstream to believe that our emotions, like depression, can cause illness in the physical body, “we need to ask what the molecules and nerve pathways are that cause depressing thoughts.”

The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions looks fascinating, I just ordered it. If you are interested too,  the latest post at Brain Pickings offers a good summary.

 

 

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns, MD

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns, MD

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

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Healing Sounds

We are used to listening to music, analyzing how it is performed, and occasionally being moved emotionally by what we hear, but research shows that sound affects us more deeply that we realize. It can be used to heal us, but it also can harm us.

Ancient stories from the Old Testament show the dramatic use of sound, like when Joshua commanded the Israelites to shout and blow trumpets to destroy the walls of Jericho, or when King Saul called for David to play his harp, to get the “evil spirit” to leave him in peace.

The father of many disciplines, such as architecture and geometry, Pythagoras, wrote in the 5th Century, B.C.E.-“There is geometry of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” Plato insisted that the police of the ideal city needed to study harmonics, “for a mind exposed to the principles of proportion is more likely to have a true appreciation for the nature of justice.”

“What the philosophers wrote about and now scientists are finding is that “the laws of harmony are truly universal principles, of the same order as other universal phenomena, such as light, energy, or gravitation, and that ‘harmony is not invented, it is discovered.’”

We remember from high school physics that matter is highly condensed energy, which to our senses appears solid. Sound and color are both made up of vibrations, and so is what we call “reality.” “The visual spectrum in frequency terms is 400-790 THz, so it’s just under one octave. Humans with great hearing can hear from 20 Hz to 20KHz, which is ten octaves.” So, we while we can see one octave, we can hear ten! Yet, we hardly pay attention to sounds around us and often learn to suppress them.

Resonance is the frequency at which an object most naturally vibrates. Besides the destruction of the walls of Jericho, we’ve all heard about singers that can break a glass by singing loud enough and long enough at the glass’s resonant frequency. What researchers are finding is that every cell, every bone in your body has its own resonant frequency, and to carry it a little further, we can actually think of disease as disharmony, being “out of tune!”

The early Christian writer, Clement, recognized this when he exclaimed, “Humanity is a beautiful breathing instrument of music made after God’s image.” Using music and sound appropriately not only can relax us, but bring us into harmony with others and nature.

Recently, a lot of work has been done to document the measurable effects that sound can have on the heartbeat, respiration, and the ability to concentrate, and some really exciting exploration is looking at its use in healing and supporting the immune system. Just as different tones can affect the walls of Jericho or a glass, different tones and instruments have been found to affect various parts of the body. There are many elements to sound that affect us, for instance repetitive rhythmic patterns affect breathing and the heart rate, much more than lyrics or melody. Think of all the noises and sounds we are bombarded with everyday!

The knowledgeable use of sound can support us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Technologies of the Self sound sessions will surround you with the healing tones of crystal quartz bowls. One recent client reported that when the bowls were played on her body, she felt like her body was an empty vessel, vibrating as if it were a musical instrument, like a flute.

Socrates said that, “Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace.”

Contact Victoria (720-460-0758) or Victoria@technologiesoftheself.org), to experience an orchestra of healing, restorative sound within your own body.

Sessions: 1 1/2 hours,  $95