Registered Yoga Therapist and Yoga Nidra Teacher from Inner Smile Yoga and Meditation
I have been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching since 2015. For 10 years now, yoga has been my tool and medium for personal and spiritual growth, a constant source of wonder and self-discovery, as well as resilience and inner strength.
I practice hatha and vinyasa yoga to stay healthy and fit, yoga nidra and yin yoga to relax, and meditation to reach deeper into my true nature. The quality of awareness that grows from these practices makes for a richer, more conscious and more joyful experience of life. What I teach flows from what I practice, what has helped me become a happier, healthier person.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing other people discover the practices for themselves and experience the inner strength, clarity, insight and joy they bring.
Learn more about Alina and her yoga background on her Yoga Australia page.
Through the practice of yoga nidra you will experience deep physical and mental relaxation and calm.
Yoga nidra, sometimes called yogic sleep is a deeply restorative practice that incorporates the practices of intention setting, body scans, and present moment awareness.
It is an extremely beneficial meditation technique that has been hailed as one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. Research has shown that yoga nidra can reduce stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.
What to expect:
Alina begins the session with some mindful movement that will help ground the focus of your attention towards your body. This helps to settle a busy mind while gently relaxing, stretching, and aligning your body in preparation for yoga nidra.
Yoga nidra is usually practiced lying down. Please have a blanket and pillow handy. Alina supports you throughout the session, she facilitates present moment awareness and a meditative sate by guiding your attention towards body areas and sensations. The result is a deeply relaxed meditative state, like the state we experience before just before sleep. Don't worry if you do actually full asleep, this is common and means that you need it! While in the meditative state you give yourself space to mental and physically process and move through experiences at a deeper level. This space is so important, especially in our modern times when we are often exposed to continuous mental and physical activity. The practice of yoga nidra gives both your body and mind space to relax and reset.
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