How many times in a day or in a week do we say to ourselves, “Slow down”, “Take a breath”, “Relax”? Often we feel stressed, but we find it challenging to shift to a more peaceful and restful state. Most of the events in our day are beyond our control but what we can manage is the ability to maneuver through these events with a sense of ease, steadiness, clarity, and, often a sense of humour.
If you would like to learn how to do just that, join us for “Moving in to Stillness – An Introduction to Restorative Yoga and Meditation” with Judy Murphy.
This 4-week series of classes invites you to experience and explore the benefits of yoga and meditation. Restorative yoga and mediation allows you to practice being rather than doing or efforting to do more, be better. These practices invite you in to stillness so you can connect more closely with all aspects of yourself – mind, body, breath, spirit – in ways that are accepting, supportive and caring.
In restorative yoga, the use of supports allows your body tension to release, your mind to become less hurried and active, and your nervous system to settle into relaxation mode. Following the restorative yoga poses, we will explore and practice different traditions and approaches to meditation so that you can find the practices that work best for you and that you can integrate smoothly and seamlessly into your day.
The instructor, Judy Murphy has recently having returned home to NB. A certified teacher with the Yoga Association of Alberta and an energetic 72 year old, Judy enjoys sharing her passion for yoga and learning with others. She has been practicing yoga, including meditation, on a regular basis for over 20 years and has been teaching it for 10. She draws on a number of yoga traditions to offer a gentle experience adapted to the needs and wants of the participants. With a MEd in adult education, she continues to offer yoga as a path to holistic learning and health.
She has also written on the use of yoga to manage stress and support learning: Living with Stress (2009), Move the Body. Stretch the Mind (2008), and a chapter, “Body as Gateway to Learning: Connecting, Being, and Wholeness” in OurStories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women’s Learning in Literacy (2011).
Judy’s program will run for 4-weeks commencing on Thursday, November 20th from 6:30-8:00 PM. For more information or to register, visit www.lifestylesfitnessstudio.ca or call 832-4848.