Yoga Nidra: Exploring Winter’s Repair and Reflection

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Yoga Nidra: Exploring Winter’s Repair and Reflection



By Emily Carter, Editor

The Friends of the Westwood Public Library recently hosted yoga instructor Susie Masters, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Masters guided participants through a Yoga Nidra practice, inviting them to embrace an evening of reflection and rejuvenation.

The Practice of Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, often referred to as “yogic sleep,” is a state of conscious relaxation that transcends mere meditation or asana practices. Practitioners are guided into a state between wakefulness and sleep, accessing the depths of their subconscious minds while maintaining a trace of conscious awareness.

A Journey of Reflection and Repair

The guided meditation was themed around winter’s journey of “repair and reflection,” inviting participants to explore the previous year and set intentions for the present one.

Beginning with a focus on the body, Masters guided practitioners to cultivate deep awareness and relaxation. They were then prompted to establish a clear intention that would serve as an anchor throughout the practice.

The meditation progressed with a metaphorical journey to a library, where participants found a book representing the past year. Through an exploration of its pages, they delved into the challenges and triumphs experienced during 2023.

Subsequently, participants were encouraged to release the emotions associated with these events. They then picked up an empty book symbolizing the year ahead and imbued it with their intentions and aspirations.

A Space for Self-Discovery and Renewal

The Friends of the Westwood Public Library are committed to offering seasonal sessions with Masters, providing a unique opportunity for participants to embark on journeys of self-discovery and rejuvenation.

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