Resolve Pain Guru has been teaching classes called SomaYoga Nidra. It is a blissful combination of somatic movement re-education (moving meditation) followed by a deeply restful guided Yoga Nidra practice. It really is an intelligent combination to support nervous system recharge.
As mentioned in our recent blog post, Six Ingredients to Optimal Healing – it is important to counteract chronic nervous system over-stimulation and the effects of stress in order to stay healthy.
Turning our Attention Inward
The most recent class was on clearing the external clutter and excessive sensory stimulation that occupies our minds, leading to agitation, tension, and pain in our somas. The class practices shifting our sensory awareness from external to internal.
As we practice turning our attention inward, sensing, and feeling (known as Pratyahara in yoga), we begin to release the accumulated sensory impressions that show up in our somas. This process results in a quieting of the mind, a calming of the nervous system, and a release of muscular tension that keeps our brains racing with agitation and dis-ease.
The first half of the class involves somatic movement re-education, known as Neuromuscular Re-education. The practices re-ignite communication between the brain and the muscles. The practice involves gentle, small, and intentional movements into and out of areas of holding in the trunk of the body, using the technique of Pandiculation.
You can learn more about this technique in our blog post: The Secret Way to Release Tight Back Muscles.
As we connect our attention to and stimulate a release response in the muscles that have been held short, tight, or stuck as a result of our experiences in life, these experiences can then be shed and released. As this happens, space arises, quietness, and ease settles into your being. This moving meditation supports nervous system recharge.
Class participants then get completely comfortable supporting their knees with a bolster, covering their bodies with cozy blankets and eye pillows. Their only responsibility now is to rest in stillness and follow the guidance and instruction as they move on a journey of sensing and feeling all the parts of their body.
As each body part falls heavier into rest, as the breath quiets, and the mind settles further into stillness, the practitioner has the distinct opportunity to experience more fully their essential being or highest self. In this space, they have the opportunity to reconnect with joy, calm, and peace. The labels, obligations, and unconscious impressions distract them from their own healing process, dissolve, and anything is possible.
If you are a skeptic, then from a purely physiological perspective, the benefits of the combined practices of Somatic Movement Therapy and Yoga Nidra include:
- Reducing anxiety
- Improving sleep
- Improving digestion
- Relaxing muscles
- Deepens breathing, improving oxygen exchange to the cells
- Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
- Improves the brain-gut reducing irritation to the digestive tract and brain fog
- Increases mood and overall well-being
- Boosts the immune system and decreases blood sugar
- Support full-body healing function
- Nervous system recharge
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About the Author:Carrie and Nicole are certified IAYT SomaYoga Therapists and Somatics Educators who have specialized in working with clients in pain for well over 10 years. Their mission is to teach you revolutionary techniques to tap into your body’s innate intelligence and its ability to heal.
You could also call them “pain geeks” because they are extremely passionate and inquisitive about all things related to what causes people pain. To understand the true mind-body connection and to reset the nervous system in powerful and simple ways.
They specialize in skillfully combining the tools of Somatics, SomaYoga, Anatomy, Functional Movement Training, Mind Study and Yogic Philosophy to bring about more joy and freedom in the lives of those they work with. They teach to professionals and individuals sharing their Method.