“The gift of learning to meditate
is the greatest gift you can give
yourself in this life”
- Sogyal Rinpoche, 2002
Relaxation | Yoga Nidra
Deep physical relaxation, yoga nidra, switches off our biological stress response (fight, flight, freeze) and
initiates our biological relaxation response.
It’s a practice where you can sit or lie down, as you're systematically guided to consciously relax every muscle in your body.
Gradually, a comforting, heavy sensation and sense of calm develops. This is the first stage of relaxation.
You’re guided through breathing techniques that encourage natural, full respiration to deepen relaxation and revitalise your energy.
As breathing naturally deepens and slows, you’ll begin feeling an inner stillness. This is the second stage of relaxation.
As you continue to experience progressively deeper
levels of relaxation, you'll slowly melt into effortless, spacious, presence.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful practice on its own,
and a wonderful preliminary to enhance meditation.
Mindfulness | Compassion
Mindfulness is the foundation practice of a meditation path that has a history spanning over 2500 years.
Mindfulness is a practice that encourages non-judgmental awareness to allow our scattered, non-stop mind settle into a natural state of calm and peace.
Rather than automatically reacting to situations, thoughts and emotions, or trying to control or block them, you’re guided to rest your attention with a kind and spacious attitude towards yourself and your experience.
Mindfulness can be formally practiced while sitting, lying, standing, walking... Informally, mindfulness can be practiced in any situation, eventually becoming a way of being.
Compassion meditation offers profound ways of soothing body, mind and emotions, whilst developing a sense of safety, love and connection.
Of the many types of compassion practices, loving-kindness is a gentle practice that develops unconditional acceptance of ourself. Gradually, loving-kindness can be expanded to include others - those we like, those to whom we're indifferent, and eventually, those who irritate us most!