Mona's has been teaching her signature Restorative / Yoga Nidra/ Workshops for the past ten years. She has combined her knowledge of Yoga Nidra, which she started practicing at fourteen in India, with her love for Restorative which she credits with helping manage her asthma symptoms to create her own unique Restorative/ Yoga Nidra Workshops. She teaches two different series, one to balance the chakras and the other to balance the doshas.
Each practice begins with gentle guided vinyasa to release stress in the breath and tension from the muscles and joints. Participants then recline on bolsters to the sound of soothing music, the aroma of essential oils and gentle hands on adjustments. Restorative poses are held for about ten to fifteen minutes. Her workshops end with a thirty to forty minute long yoga nidra.
Yoga Nidra is a guided guided auditory meditation technique practiced lying down in savasana. It is based on an ancient tantric technique called nyasa in which practitioners through brought awareness to different parts of the body. Through the practice of yoga nidra practitioners are able to enter the hypnogogic state, between being asleep and being awake, a state that induces a deep state of relaxation, releases past memories trapped in the unconscious and enables one to experience an expanded state of consciousness.
Restorative / Yoga Nidra and Pranayama
Thursday, June 7th 6:30 – 8:30 pm
A Practice designed to balance our energy and connect back to spirit.
Prana is the vital force that rides on the breath and enlivens us. Pranayama means expansion of this vital force. We use pranayama techniques to balance our energy, to reign in our minds and our senses, to heal, to create internal transformation and to lift our consciousness.
We are made up of five vibratory fields (koshas) that surround our spirit. One of these fields is the pranamaya kosha which is the fuel for the other vibratory fields. The other fields include the physical body, the mind, the wisdom body and the bliss body. Just as the physical body is made up of our muscles, joints, organs etc the pranamaya kosha is made up of of five forms of prana. These five forms of prana are called vayus, and govern different functions in us.
- Prana vayu that brings in energy, prana
- Apana vayu that governs the releases of waste
- Vyana vayu that distributes the energy we take in
- Samana vayu that transforms energy from one form into another
- Udana vayu that governs the upward movement of energy toward higher consciousness.
In this workshop we will balance these vayus using a pranayama technique developed by Mona and Alan called ISHTA Vayu Shodana. We will also incorporate various other pranayama techniques and visualizations into the asana, restorative and yoga nidra practice. When our prana is balanced we are able to connect back to spirt and we feel energized and inspired in our day to day living.