Slow Flow Meditation Yoga
Yoga and meditation go hand in hand; in Fort Myers Meditation Yoga, students will prepare the nervous system for meditation during a 30- to 40-minute asana practice.
An asana practice moves a little more slowly than a regular flow class, and this one is designed to get your nervous system primed for meditation.
This slow-moving asana will open the hips and shoulders and strengthen the body to prepare for a seated meditation practice.
The asana portion of the class falls on a spectrum in terms of pace and difficulty. Since the idea is to prepare yourself to meditate, some students will want a quiet, gentle practice to get their minds calm and ready to meditate.
This might include slowing down, focusing on the stretch, and getting quiet. Others will crave a more vigorous practice in order to work out some energy and get to a place where they can be more still and quiet.
The asana portion of this class is designed to allow students to fall in wherever they need to on this spectrum.
After asana, there is a period of systematic relaxation as students lie in savasana. Instructors will help students become aware of the energy in their bodies and work to release tension and encourage relaxation throughout the entire body.
Next comes the meditation portion of Yoga Bird's Slow Flow and Meditation class. Students will come to the meditation seat. Instructors will encourage and assist students to find a position that can be comfortably held for 10 to 15 minutes.
At Yoga Bird, we practice the traditional style of yoga meditation: resting the mind on the breath, and then resting the mind of a mantra.
Some people mistakenly believe that in order to meditate they must stop all thoughts. But actually, thoughts will continue during a meditation practice. There's no need to stop thoughts in the head.
Rather, students are encouraged to rest the mind even as thoughts continue to come and go.
Fort Myers Meditation Yoga is suitable for beginners to both yoga and meditation, as well as students of yoga who are interested in adding a stronger meditation component to their practice.
Ready to try Fort Myers Meditation Yoga? Drop in to a class this week!
You'll want to arrive early to the studio in order to leave yourself time to sign in, set up mat, and get ready for this calming and refreshing practice.