My first yoga experience (I vaguely remember doing something akin to yoga years ago, but clearly it doesn’t hold a significant place in my mind) was awesome. So relaxing (Though definitely challenging. The stretches and poses were by no means easy.) and affirming.
I stumbled upon an advertisement for the Amrit Yoga Retreat, and though it was several miles away from where I live, I was drawn to it and to the facilitator, James Dewar. He was assisted by Brandy Ritts, who was the one who actually led us through the Amrit Yoga (the breathing, stretching, and posing).
The second portion of the program was led by James. It was called Yoga Nidra, sometimes referred to as psychic sleep or yoga sleep.
Though I did actually go in and out of sleep (oops!), the intent is deep, deep relaxation of mind and body while remaining alert.
The Yoga Nidra very much reminded me of the meditations I’ve experienced that Dr. Dov Baron leads at his personal development programs. I really found the two practices, the Amrit Yoga and the Yoga Nidra, very complementary to the work I’ve been doing with Dov in his programs over the past year.
I like the deliberate intention-making aspect of the yoga practices, and the focus on the breath and the body. It is so great its emphasis on remaining present in the moment, by regularly coming back to the breath and how you’re feeling in the body.
Isn’t that what life is about? Balance, being in the body, breath, and presence of mind?
Yoga reminds me of what it’s like being a life coach. Being present, conscious of mind and body, and deliberately creating life experience with clear intention is what we model and teach our clients.
I remember James instructing us just before ‘ohm-ing’ (that was pretty fun, too!) to make a specific intention for what we personally wanted to get out of the yogic experience. He clarified that what he meant not an end, as in what we wanted to gain as a result of the yoga at the end of the day. No, the intention was to be all about the experience. What we wanted to experience in the moment as we were executing the yoga practices.
I really had a good time. What a gift!
I know Bellingham has different types of yoga going on every week. I’m hoping they have a practitioner of Amrit Yoga and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra.