by Julie Seibt, CYT

The arrival of spring brings daylight hours surpassing our preferred hours of sleep. A welcome change and yet a challenge for those who have difficulty sleeping.

We’ve heard exhaustive lists of benefits to a good nights sleep, from sharper mental performance to weight management. We know we need it. We follow the common suggestions for a better sleep, but what if it still eludes us?

What if we stopped trying so hard to sleep and instead, allowed sleeplessness itself to be a teacher? Imagine if we were okay with sleeping or not sleeping – whichever comes.

Let’s take that a step further. Imagine resting your body so deeply, even while your mind is awake that you feel as much as, or more rested than if you had fallen into a regular sleep?

A guided meditation practice known as iRest® Yoga Nidra has the power to transform our relationship to sleep. Combining modern science and ancient wisdom, yoga nidra takes us through four to ?ve stages of sleep and supports physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

The practice sets the stage for us to tap into more joy in our lives – not only from being more rested, but also from recognizing and freeing ourselves from self-limiting beliefs and thoughts. Research has shown iRest® Yoga Nidra as an effective treatment for stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and more.

What is a session like? In a group setting, or one-on-one, participants lay down or sit comfortably supported. The facilitator gently guides them through various aspects of the practice including setting their own intention for the session, establishing an “inner resource” or feeling of ease and security, a body scan for relaxation, and breath awareness. This can also be practiced at home, with an audio recording and eventually self-guided. All sensations, beliefs, images – all experience – is welcome as messengers from which to learn.

For more information on upcoming courses contact julie@gaiaclinic.ca, or book a private session through info@gaiaclinic.ca.