Karen Klutznick lectures on ayurvedic topics (Intro To Ayurveda: What's A Dosha Anyway?, The Power of the Breath, Ayurvedic Nutrition: Food Is Medicine, etc.) and frequently leads Conscious Relaxation (yoga nidra) sessions at various venues including: Tejas Yoga, Gilda's Club, Exhale Spa, Yoga Now, lululemon, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association's annual conference.
Karen Klutznick is an ayurvedic practitioner in Chicago (www.KKAyurveda.com) who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University. She has found yoga nidra, other forms of meditation, and pranayama (breath work) to be powerful forms of subtle medicine. Yoga nidra has had a profound impact on her own healing as well as the healing of others.
Yoga Nidra (also called yogic sleep, conscious relaxation, dynamic sleep, sleep with awareness and other names) is a form of guided meditation adapted from an ancient tantric practice. As you lie down and listen while being guided through a series of visualizations and breathwork, you will achieve a state of deep relaxation unlike any other—it’s like being asleep and awake at the same time.
Yoga nidra unifies the mind, body and spirit in a state of deep meditation. It slows the mind in order to release us from the symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, PTSD and repetitive thoughts. It calms the body so that chronic pain, heart disease, hormone imbalance, high blood pressure, muscle tension and other ailments with a stress component begin to normalize. It’s also a spiritual practice that can take one deeper and deeper into the subtle realms of self awareness.
Class starts with breathwork or chanting to help us transition from the bustle of our daily lives to a state of stillness. If chanting and breathwork are new to you, it’s perfectly fine to observe in silence until you’re ready to participate.
The theme of this yoga nidra session is the Love Lotus, a healing meditation on compassion for oneself and ultimately for others too.
Bring a pillow, eye pillow, eye shades, blanket, shawl or whatever helps you to lie down comfortably on your back for 30-45 minutes. If lying on your back on the floor is a problem, we can find other ways to make you comfortable. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a sweater if you get cold easily.
There’s nothing else for you to do but close your eyes and listen.
Lastly, Karen closes the practice with a short prayer and asks that we all observe silence for a few moments so those who wish to leave the room in a quiet state may do so. She welcomes your comments and questions and is generally available before or after class.
(If you can't make it to a "live" session, the CONSCIOUS RELAXATION: Serenity Now! CD has 2 practices you can do anytime! It's available on iTunes, Amazon and here!)