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 and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
This session combines the benefits of yoga nidra (guided meditation with breathwork and visualization) with an exploration of the chakras.
Chakras are subtle energy centers located along the spinal column that aid in the transformation of psycho-emotional energy into spiritual energy. Although they are invisible, chakras exert strong influences on our bodies, minds and emotions.
As part of this specialized yoga nidra practice there will be a guided meditation on each of the seven main chakras, its color, sound and other characteristics. Receiving information while in a relaxed and open state is a different and effective way to learn or reinforce what you already know.
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. 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.
(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!)