Yoga Nidra 24: A Day of Deep Relaxation
May 8 – 9 (Tuesday–Wednesday)
With Ann Swanson, E-RYT, RYT 500
Tuition: $95, plus meals and lodging
Enjoy 24 hours of Restoration and Rejuvenation through the easiest yoga practice of all – simple, deep, natural rest! The Christine Center welcomes you to a monthly day designated for health, well-being, and ease. Each month, one of our featured instructors will offer a mid-week Yoga Nidra based program designed to help you experience quiet clarity and calm from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Join us as we take a 24 hour “time out” from our busy lives to unwind one serene breath at a time. You may even choose to extend your stay and create your own customized personal retreat. Our woodland sanctuary awaits you!
Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a profound natural state of meditation. It is a time-honored process that can be traced back to ancient Eastern teachings of Yoga. Yoga nidra will lead you to experience a deep relaxation that in turn releases chronic stress, encourages restful sleep and a greater sense of harmony in your daily life. Ann Swanson, 500 RYT, guides you on this journey to deep meditation that also includes pranayama (breath awareness) to center yourself, gentle asana (poses) to open the mind and body, and journaling to create your Sankalpa (spiritual resolve.)
All levels are welcome. Dress in loose comfortable clothing suitable for yoga movement. Please bring a mat and your own writing materials, such as a journal and favorite pen.
About Ann Swanson
Ann Swanson E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Ayurvedic Yoga Wellness Consultant, and Hatha/Restorative Yoga Teacher
I am a seeker of truth. This journey began about 20 years ago when I lost my 14 yr old nephew, Sam, to brain cancer and then, a few weeks later, my father was killed in a car accident. I started asking myself what is life about? Why am I here? Why do children get terminal cancer? Why do loved ones get taken away? These and many other questions led me to my first of many meditation classes. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was doing a form of yoga.
Although I was meditating, I didn’t have a regular asana (yoga poses) practice until about ten years ago. My first attempt at an asana class didn’t go so well. I wasn’t particularly inspired and barely made it through a six week class series. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t ready. Fast forward about eight years and things changed….profoundly. That’s when I found an inspiring teacher and my practice took root. I felt called to teach and earned my 200 hour yoga teacher certification at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. The more I practiced and taught yoga, the more I wanted to learn. This lead me to studies in meditation, restorative yoga and Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science that beautifully explains how to live in balance with your unique constitution and nature.
I like to teach what I call ‘compassionate’ yoga. We all are used to measuring our progress by how much we sweat, by how hard we work. I like to measure progress by how compassionate we are to ourselves. Yoga offers us the opportunity to go on an exciting journey of our inner landscape through the tools of breath awareness, asana and meditation. As we consciously breathe and expand our lungs, we can slow down and expand our minds. As we stretch and feel the body release, we stretch our minds and let go of patterns of negative thinking, allowing us to step into our true selves. When we step into our true selves, we are happy, balanced, aware and compassionate. This makes us better parents, life partners, caregivers, siblings, and friends.
I am so grateful to my many teachers including Dana Tholo, Tara Cindy Sherman, Judith Hanson Lasater, Max Strom, Marilyn Calver, Dr. Vasant Lad, and Maria Garre. I am especially grateful to my true teachers, the students who give me the opportunity to share the gifts of yoga and keep me on the path.
Since 2008, Ann’s been teaching yoga classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. She currently is available for private consultations, workshops and retreats.