Sacred Sleep Yoga.
(Oh Dear. Another style of yoga…!)
What could this be about?
Please take a moment to discover starting with one question.
Receive several deeper breaths down into your belly, and check in with your body.
How tired or rested do you feel – deeply in your soul – in this moment?
If you said “exhausted” or “rest?! who has time for that?!”, or something in that direction, let me be the first to say, “Welcome to the current reality of Planet Earth.”
You are not only not alone, you are among the vast majority of humans.
Here’s the thing. Tired-ness is a natural part of life.
Individual humans, subject more than ever before to bright lights, flat screens of every description, excessive stimulation, cultural and digital timing that clashes with natural bio-rhythms, and self worth often tied to productivity…are radically and chronically under-rested.
Collectively, we carry a massive rest and sleep debt that mirrors the economic/planetary energy crisis and the unsustainable insanity of constant, perpetual growth.
Think for a moment now about our communities.
If each of us is not well rested, how can our families, cities, countries be at their best? What decisions are being made on a health, finance, environmental, relational and even political level by people who desperately need a nap?
Now back up even more.
This planet that we call home aches for us to notice the magnitude of our artificial buzz and burnout. The stars that cannot be seen, and the plants and animals that are negatively impacted thanks to excessive, unnecessary junk light are calling – can you hear them wish for us to take back the night, and our natural birthright of free, wild rest and sleep?
Sacred Sleep Yoga and the heart of all its work – whether via private mentoring through the portal of rest and sleep, or classes, retreats, and online resources – is this.
The fullness and magic of rest and sleep – the multi-dimensional, deep nourishment to us individually, for communities and for our planet is truly under-utilized and mis-perceived.
How can something so natural, so essential to our well being on so many levels – become an enemy, viewed as ‘lazy’ or worse, a waste of time?
Even spiritual ideals can tend to over-emphasize the role of ‘waking up’, completely missing the soulful wisdom that awaits us through the deep waters of sleep.
It reminds me of chemicals being sprayed on dandelions and other wild foods and medicines seen as ‘weeds’ – when in fact they are more potent, powerful and life affirming than most people could possibly dream up!
My life, and the lives of so many people have been immeasurably improved by enhanced attention to rest and sleep. I went from a deep experience of burnout, feeling like I wanted to go to sleep and not wake up, to:
- piquing people’s interest with freshness through Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and mindfulness applied to deep rest, sleep and dreams.
- supporting the teaching community within the Yoga field, particularly those ready to stop glossing over and look more deeply into this well of wisdom
- partnering with type-A entrepreneurs and other leaders to help them step down from the power-adrenaline lifestyle
- helping people who are going through deep life transitions that require renewed attention to energy distribution and what matters most to them in life
If you hear the call of deeper rest as the door to the profoundly good life you are here to live, be in touch with me directly to get started or, enjoy the many resources here at this rest-sight.
Do so with soft, restful eyes, heart and belly.
And…if you haven’t already – envelop your digital screens in a soothing campfire glow instead of the harsh blue light by installing Flux on your phone or computer right away!
I insist. 🙂