The Body in the Midst of Life:
Relaxation, Meditation & Yoga Nidra
Sundays 7– 8.30pm:
9th January, 16th January, 23rd January, 30th January, 6th February, 13th February.
The River Room, Halton Mill, LA2 6ND www.theriverroom.org.uk
+ on Zoom
This 6-week course offers a deep dive into the simplicity and power of body sensing as an opportunity to relax into, and learn from, a sensitive awareness of our bodies.
Our bodies are nothing short of miraculous and yet we can feel a million miles from feeling and understanding them. Especially when we are swept up in our thoughts and the stories we weave. Yet, coming consciously back into the body is a way of touching base - our bodies are always available as a portal to being present.
As we gather our attention into the body, we learn to relax, to notice what the body is signalling to us and even to hold a space for discomfort, including pain and difficult emotions. Combined, these practices can take us into a deeper meditation practice beyond self-referential thinking and into a sense of ease and peace in the world.
The 6-week course is taught within the iRest Yoga Nidra tradition, with the body as the starting point for relaxation and meditation. In each session you will be invited into a series of inquires – from body scanning and the breathing body, to noticing messengers, exploring opposites, how we identify with the body, to a sense of spaciousness within and around the body. A recording of each week’s practices will be made available for home practice, and you’ll be challenged to take each inquiry into your week - to bring awareness of your body into the midst of your daily life. During each session, there will be time for discussion and reflection on your week’s experiences.
The course is open to everyone, whether or not you have a meditation practice already. If you have already participated in a 6-week iRest course with us, this Body course will allow you to delve deeper into your understanding and practice of relaxation and meditation. If you haven’t already participated in a 6-week iRest course, this Body course is an ideal place to start!
Price: £100 by bank transfer to SC 402702 AC 01528297
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About Will & Rebecca
Rebecca and Will love teaching together, each bringing different experience to share – and they don’t always agree which creates a safe space for everyone in exploring questions that may not have easy answers.
Rebecca was introduced to Yoga & Meditation as a teenager in the 1970s and today all of her classes, workshops, and retreats, draw on the influence of a range of body-mind practices – some thousands of years old, some contemporary – including Hatha Yoga, Yin-Restorative Yoga, Somatics, Feldenkrais & Yoga Nidra. One of the reasons she loves iRest so much is because it is such an accessible approach to deep relaxation and meditation, that draws on the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra but in such a way as to be deeply relevant for today’s daily challenges. She is both Certified as a Yoga Teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and as an iRest Teacher with the iRest Institute.
Will first began meditating as a student over 25 years ago, learning mindfulness and loving kindness meditations. After a long gap, and revitalised by yoga practices, Will came back to meditation as an important practice to both navigate and celebrate all that life offers. As a professional life coach his passion is in enabling people to feel fully alive and at peace - while also of course trying to do that himself! He is a Certified iRest teacher and passionate about the role of bringing qualities of meditation into the midst of everyday life. More about Will at www.willmedd.com
iRest has been developed over 40 years by Dr. Richard Miller and associates, drawing on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra (‘sleep yoga’) – Yoga Nidra is the meditative heart of yoga and iRest has adapted the teachings to the conditions of modern life. Research has demonstrated iRest, as educational technique, can effectively alleviate anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, depression, PTS and chemical dependency. iRest Institute trained teachers have successfully delivered the iRest Program to active duty military and combat veterans, chronic pain sufferers, the homeless, the incarcerated, survivors of human trafficking, healthcare providers, and other special interest groups.