The other day a reporter and cameraman from the local cable station came in to film some scenes from our current play, the Girls of Salem. The reporter asked me all about the play, and also wondered, so what are the benefits of theatre for kids? I talked about teamwork, public speaking skills, making friends outside of school and lots more.
Then today, I saw a great blog post called “The Acting Life” – it said everything I said and so much more! I had to check and see if I wrote it! Just kidding – but I share these sentiments.
Relaxing in savasana is the favorite part of class for many students. But for some, it’s the most difficult part. Lie down, relax, boom, it just doesn’t happen for many people (just like sleep doesn’t always come when you want it!). A guided practice of Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) is a wonderful way to train your body to relax. I always lead a short guided practice at the end of my classes, but lately have offered longer practice in certain classes.
I’ll guide you systematically through different parts of the body, and you will try to dispassionately observe the mind as well. “Observation with judgment is the highest form of spiritual practice” is one of my favorite guidelines from Swami Kripalu. You’ll notice without judging as you try a session of Yoga Nidra. You might fall asleep or you might trigger the relaxation response. Either way, you’ll enjoy some quality time with yourself.
Yoga Nidra is my favorite practice when done in its longer form. I’ll teach it in an upcoming class, but in the meantime, you can also do your own practice by using my recorded Yoga Nidra. It’s said that 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra equals 3 hours of sleep. Try it! All our YouTube videos are offered freely, so everyone can participate without cost.