Establishing a yoga practice is a powerful way to reduce sleep issues, manage stress and incorporate self-care into your plan for health. Yoga helps to soothe the parasympathetic nervous system through a combination of relaxation, breathing, physical postures, and meditation. When our parasympathetic nervous system is calm we are able to relax and avoid the ‘flight or fight’ response that haunts many of us at bedtime.
Yoga also assists our bodies’ digestion of, not only the foods we eat, but also our thoughts, emotions, and traumas- which all play a role in how well we sleep at night. When we still need to digest our day, we may start to obsess or ruminate over things at bedtime. Yoga also increases circulation within us so we may find we have more energy during the day and upon waking. Lastly, yoga helps us connect to the still, quiet, peaceful place within us which can be called upon when we are having a hard time falling asleep or struggling with waking at night. If you practice yoga consistently for an extended period of time you will likely notice that your sleep issues naturally diminish.
From birth, Sikhona embodied an excitement of being alive, a presence of peace, and a spirit to serve. However, as she grew older, the essence of who she was began to diminish. Worldly standardization of sameness led her to bouts of depression, addiction, and self hate. She used anything around in order to not feel the suffering and hurt within.
For the past 15 years, Sikhona has practiced many modalities of healing, helping her step more confidently in a space of purpose and sharing the gifts given to her. Her journey has led her to study with the mentors of Judith Hanson Laster (Restorative Yoga) as well as directly with Sri Dharma Mittra.
Not only is Sikhona a RYT 500 yoga instructor, she is also an internationally trained chef, Reiki Master and Nutrition Coach. Utilizing all those tools, students describe Sikhona's teaching as "carrying a depth that drives you deeper into yourself."
YOGA NIDRA SERIES
We live in a day and age where to-do lists have become longer, constantly being pulled to external needs, and where simply being is looked aside. Yoga Nidra is often called psychic sleep, or active sleeping. It is a practice where you are guided deep inside, while listening to the voice of the teacher. It is a practice to help ground during hectic times, clear brain fog, add in ridding of fatigue and reduce stress. It is a deep relaxation technique; 60-90 minutes of practice is said to be equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep!
During these sessions, we will actively discuss and explore the importance of resting using science, yogic philosophy, and breath work. This class is perfect for all levels. Please wear comfortable warm clothing, as during practice the body temperature can begin to drop.