According to all ancient wellness traditions that I’ve ever come across, human beings are composed of the elements of nature (like water, air, fire, earth) and because of this, we are deeply affected by the changing seasons just like everything else on the planet. Many modern humans live indoors with artificial light and controlled temperatures, so we can tend to feel cut off or separate from the natural world. Nevertheless, it is at the changing of the seasons that many of us feel depleted, run down, cranky, and even ill.
Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga) says that each one of us has our own particular blend of elements (dosha), and that each season also favors a different element. We are currently entering into the season of vata, or air. This is a time to balance ourselves with warming, hydrating, and grounding foods, activities, and practices that help counterbalance the cooling drying and unsettling effects of increased vata.
This Saturday (10/1/16) from 1:30-3:30 I’m offering a Yoga Nidra, Yoga Bliss workshop at the West Seattle 8 Limbs which fits nicely into this season’s self care requirements. We will begin with a slow self massage routine that starts at the head and moves gradually through the body all the way down to the feet. We will then chose an aromatherapy scent (optional) to further relax our body/mind, and finish with a long and deep Yoga Nidra meditation done in a comfortable reclining position.
Please dress warmly in your softest clothes, and bring along your favorite pillow or blanket if you like. No yoga experience is necessary, so feel free to bring a friend.
Posted by: Tracy Hodgeman
Join Tracy for Yoga Nidra Yoga Bliss Saturday, October 1, 1:30-3:30pm at 8 Limbs West Seattle.