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.
Aromatherapy and Ayurveda: Creating a Personal Scent
the first is learning the basics of ayurveda (ancient India’s “science of life”)
the second is an introduction to aromatherapy (using the distilled essences of plants and flowers for physical and emotional well-being) and smelling a dozen or more essential oils
the third combines what we’ve learned about both ayurveda and aromatherapy to create a personalized, essential-oil blend with Karen’s help.
We will learn the basics of ayurveda with specific attention to the three doshas (constitutional and energetic types that govern how we react to the world around us). Studying the doshas helps explain mysteries, like why some people are always freezing and others are always hot and sweaty or why some drink coffee and fall asleep while others are jittery all day.
We will examine ourselves to see where we fall on various doshic spectrums and our various states of balance/imbalance before moving on to the basics of aromatherapy.
A whiff of a certain food or perfume or flower has the ability to transport us instantly into our deepest memories and associations. Essential oils work much the same way. They can help us to relax, concentrate when learning, and make our homes and bodies smell good. Guess what they also influence? The doshas!
Karen will share a range of essential oils from her extensive collection, including lavender, blood orange, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, eucalyptus, and black pepper. She will also bring several rare and exotic oils. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, Karen will share highly prized rose and jasmine oils, associated with love and the heart.
We will discuss safe ways to use essential oils and the basics of blending. Everyone will have the opportunity to construct a simple blend that Karen will make into an aromatic mist for you to take home. Some of the rare oils (which cost as much as $1,000 an ounce) may be used in your personal blend at an additional charge of $5 to $20, payable in cash at the time of the workshop.
If you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies or are especially sensitive to scent, this workshop is not suitable for you. This workshop is not meant to diagnose or cure medical conditions.
Yoga Nidra at Tejas Yoga
Sunday, January 21 at 6pm
Sunday, February 18 at 6pm
Sunday, March 18 at 6pm
...and the third Sunday of each following month at Tejas Yoga.
(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!)
Online meditation sessions using Zoom are also available! Details here.
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.
Every session is both the same and different. Karen uses the same structure in each practice though the details are changeable. Over time, the routine of the practice induces your mind and body to become more and more proficient at relaxation and letting go of tension, both physical and emotional.
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.
Bring a pillow, eye pillow, eye shades, blanket, shawl, or whatever helps you to lie down comfortably on your back for 45 minutes. If lying on your back on the floor is a problem, we can find other ways to make you comfortable. Tejas provides bolsters to put under your knees (relieving pressure on the lower back) and yoga blankets. If you don’t have a yoga mat, they can be rented at the front desk. 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 this way are able to do so. She welcomes your comments and questions and is generally available before or after class.
Theory and Practice of Yoga Nidra for Yoga Teachers
If you're a yoga teacher (or have completed a teacher-training program) and would like to learn how to incorporate yoga nidra into your teaching, this is the place to start! Click on the link above for details.