Deep Healing with YOGA NIDRA

Yoga Nidra AlamedaSundays 4:00-5:15pm with Radha Rodriguez
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Yoga Nidra is usually translated as Yogic Sleep. Typically, the conclusion of a class, it is an opportunity to integrate the previous physical postures, develop body awareness, cultivate mindfulness, and experience deep healing.

Yoga Nidra is an accessible practice that is suitable for all practitioners, regardless of experience or personal history. It brings us into a delicious state of rest, after which you may experience a sense of joy, ease, and wholeness. It is also one of the most advanced practices in our yoga toolbox.

How to Practice
Similar to a guided meditation, Yoga Nidra is a journey inward, progressively leading practitioners to the deep, quiet layers of the Self.

From a comfortable position on the back such as Savasana, we begin with sequentially squeezing and releasing each muscle of the body. In this way, we identify holding patterns in the body and learn to consciously release tension.

Having encouraged ease in the body, we develop our capacity to witness our experience. Again, moving sequentially, we take time to observe body, breath, and mind. This moves us away from identifying with our experience and toward equanimity. Over time and with continuous practice, we bring this ability to observe experience into our daily lives such that our minds remain steady and undisturbed.

After these preparatory steps, we move to the core of Yoga Nidra. Here we are directed to our highest Self, our true Self, where we have the opportunity to rest. Yoga Nidra can allow us a glimpse into the peace and serenity that is the heart of all Yoga practice.

While it is common for practitioners to fall into a brief sleep, the essence of the practice is to maintain conscious awareness or resting wakefulness. In this way, practitioners are able to access their innate capacity for healing.

Make The Practice Yours
Lying on the back doesn’t work for everyone. Some of us are more comfortable sitting in a chair, leaning against a wall, or lying on the side.

Don’t be shy, take advantage of props! Would a pillow make the neck more comfortable? Would some knee support bring ease to the low back? Would the protection of a blanket bring a sense of comfort? What about an eye pillow? Does lying on the back cause you to cough or feel congested? Try laying against a raised bolster. Can’t make it to class? Lead yourself through the process in a chair or lying on your bed!

Why Practice Yoga Nidra?
The benefits of Yoga Nidra are so varied that it can benefit just about anyone. These benefits include

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Ability to consciously release physical tension
  • Improved mental focus and concentration
  • Increased mind-body connection
  • Develop ease and comfort in body
  • Resolve trauma
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced depression
  • Learn to be present
  • Tool for spiritual inquiry

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Reiki and Restorative Now Offered Tuesday Evenings with Inbal Meron!

Yoga Studio in East BayTuesdays 7:30 and 8:45pm
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We’re excited to introduce one of our newest additions to the Symmetry Yoga teaching team! Meet Inbal Meron! Inbal, has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 2012 and specializes in Yoga Therapeutics.

In addition to teaching Yoga, Inbal is also a Reiki Master and a Tarot reader and teacher. She loves to travel and study, but these days, she spends most of her time outside in nature with her adorable toddler. You can join her for a Reiki & Restorative class on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m.

This class is the perfect opportunity to slow down and take a deep meditative rest. The practice is passive and supported by props. During class you only actually do about 2-3 poses. This gives you the time and space to truly drop in to a deep and restful state. While resting in the poses, Inbal will be coming around and offering Reiki to each student.

Reiki is a vibrational healing modality that is transferred through touch. Reiki is a perfect complement to a restorative practice as it assists in calming and healing while working on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies simultaneously.  This class is not to be missed!

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Symmetry is Excited to Announce Early Morning Yoga with Mary Mailhot!

Alameda Yoga StudioMondays + Wednesdays 6:00 and 7:15am
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Mary is thrilled to start teaching at Symmetry Yoga. She comes from a long career in dance, music and theater. She brings her creativity, open heart and joy to each class.

In 2008 Mary majored in Dance and Literature at The New School University, Eugene Lang College in NYC. In 2007 while in college, she started her yoga practice in New York and Brooklyn. She immediately noticed how good she felt after yoga. Yoga started to deeply calm and center her mind, body and spirit.

In 2009, she moved to Sydney, Australia where she studied Mysore, Ashtanga yoga. This helped her build a daily practice. She also took up meditation and Qi Gong practices with her teacher and dear spirit sister Emma Jean Bridge. From this point, she decided it was time for her 200-hr training.

In 2011, she received her 200-hr from The Kripalu Yoga School, in the Berkshire MA, where she lived for a month and dove deep into her yoga practice. Her teachers Devarshi Hartman and Jovinna Chan are so dear to her heart. This training taught her so much about Compassion and the foundations of having a rich spiritual practice. She then went on to teach in Brooklyn. Soon thereafter, she decided it was time to move out west. In 2012, she moved to Oakland, CA to pursue her teaching and her art (i.e. dance, and music).

In 2013, she trained with Kimber Simpkins in her Anusara Immersion, where she learned many new mediation techniques, tantric yoga, the universal principles of alignment, and deep love of her body. Mary also is a Reiki Master and trained intensely with her teacher Genevieve Mcclendon. She fell in love with this healing modality and gives Reiki sessions at the health center on request. Inquire within for more details! Also, Mary is avidly pursing her career as a musician/singer, dancer and performing artist. She has her own band called, Honey and The Emperor. She is deeply inspired by this practice and artful and healthful living. Namaste.

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Symmetry Has Your Numbers!

We are excited to announce a new addition to our health and nutrition services: The InBody 570 is one of the very best body composition analysis systems in the world.

Historically, accurate body composition analysis has been challenging and time consuming. Old model bioelectrical impedance meters have an unpredictable margin of error making it hard to track change over time. The dunk tank, which was considered the most accurate way to measure body composition is inconvenient, requiring a truck with the tank and getting into the water. The historic caliper / skin fold measures for body composition are uncomfortable at best, and rely on the tester’s ability to pinch the exact same skin folds every time the testing is done.

The InBody 570 is an advanced bioelectrical impedance meter that out paces other options on the professional market today. Testing entails standing on the machine for 45 seconds while a safe, specially calibrated electrical current runs through the body. Following that, a full page report is generated detailing lean mass, water mass (intra and extracellular), fat mass in total AND by body part. It even shows where there is inflammation, giving  you a better idea of where you may need some extra care. This system accelerates our ability to get you on exactly the right health program for your individual needs. We are able to track your progress extremely accurately and make specific adjustments to your plan based on this analysis.

We look forward to sharing our new technology with you!

Call today for a Free Functional Nutrition and Weight Loss Consultation which includes a free InBody Analysis! 510-769-0125

Symmetry Moves Toward a Scent Free Environment

Dear Symmetry Community,

We want to bring attention to the fact that a significant percent of the population experiences scent sensitivity. Holistic health care is a core value at Symmetry, and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable in our shared space.

Scent sensitivity is a big issue. Often people with scent sensitivity don’t disclose it because they don’t want to make others uncomfortable. The reality is, if someone is sensitive or allergic to a particular scent in their health care or movement environment it can derail their participation and progress. They miss appointments and training times because they are dealing with allergic illness, or they decide to avoid the space altogether.

Scent, whether it is perfume, cologne, essential oils, long exposure to incense, certain laundry detergents, strong dryer sheets, cigarette smoke, or even air fresheners can debilitate a scent sensitive person for days. They might experience migraines, nausea, inability to breathe, hives and a loss of mental focus.

Please do your part to make this a welcoming and healing environment for everyone!

Before coming in do a quick scent check and ask yourself:

-Am I wearing too much perfume or cologne?

-Can I wait until after my session to apply strongly scented deodorant?

-Can I wait until after my session to apply my essential oils?

-Am I wearing clothes that were exposed to heavy cigarette smoke?

See if there is a quick adjustment you can make to bring your scent level closer to neutral.

Small adjustments make a big impact. We definitely don’t want to come across as extreme. We simply want to make sure everyone feels at ease at Symmetry.

Thank you so much,

The Symmetry Team

 

 

Power Plate® Training For Balance and Fall Prevention

 If you are over 60 years young, did you know that Power Plate® training can have a profound effect on your balance and significantly reduce your risk of falling? Studies have shown that one year of training on the Power Plate® results in two very important adaptations. One, anticipatory postural control increases, meaning that you will be able to stabilize before a fall (and ideally prevent it) by activating your core. Two, the tri-planar vibrations teach you how to proprioceptively navigate uneven surfaces. When an unexpected dip in a sidewalk shows up, you are more likely to have the muscle memory to pick up your feet and stabilize quickly. The plates also increase bone density, which is key in minimizing risk should a fall occur. We all fall sometimes, at any age! We all deserve skills to make these incidents as manageable as possible.

Our coaches are developing a program that will take your skills to the next level by incorporating standard falls prevention, safe martial arts break fall technique as well as stance and gait strategy to make sure you have all the odds in your favor. We know that sensory cues play a big role in understanding where we are physically, and we have developed a component to make sure you optimize every possible system to your best advantage.

We champion you and we are committed to making sure you have every advantage. Thank you for trusting us to be your home base movement strategists. We think the world of you.

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Source:

Gait & Posture 26 (2007) 309–316

Effects of whole body vibration training on postural control in older individuals: A 1 year randomized controlled trial 

Authors: An Bogaerts a , Sabine Verschueren a, *, Christophe Delecluse b , Albrecht L. Claessens b , Steven Boonen c

Wind Down After Work, But Skip The Hang Over

Fridays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Consider this fun filled vinyasa class your answer to an out of the office reset. Join us for the perfect way to de-stress after a long week of work, building a healthy new habit into your weekly routine. This is an all levels feel good flow with light hearted energy and playful vinyasa sequencing, set to upbeat music. This class provides stress relief for the over active mind. It will melt away built up tension in the desk bound body by incorporating deep stretches and even deeper breaths. Come let loose with us! Sign Up Here and see our schedule for class times and teacher bios.

Yoga & Power Plate®June Attendance Challenge

Maybe you have heard the phrase, “Practice makes permanent”? We at Symmetry Yoga and Power Plate® care deeply about your well being and your movement practice so we have created our June Attendance Challenge!

How many Symmetry Yoga and Symmetry Power Plate® sessions can you attend between June 1 – June 30, 2017?

If you are new to Power Plate® training, it is a game changer and integrates perfectly with yoga practice. Power Plates® facilitate gains in explosive strength, core strength, balance, flexibility and bone density. 25 minute sessions on the plates are considered equivalent to 60 minutes in the gym. All of our sessions are scaled to the individual. Beginners are welcome. Our progressions are safe and developed based on where you are starting right now.

There are several yoga modalities offered at Symmetry Yoga. Yoga is known to assist with full body strength, core strength, increased balance and flexibility, improved circulation, metabolic regulation, and mental clarity. The ways we move in yoga practice are very different from how we train on Power Plates®. Incorporating the two modalities into movement practice enhances the benefits of each practice.

We will be tallying your overall attendance through the month of June, and we will be rewarding the person with highest attendance with a very exciting gift from one of our Alameda community businesses.

FOR EXTRA CREDIT – we want to acknowledge your engagement in your process! Tag Symmetry Yoga on social media, capture images, record a testimonial. There will be a spirit award in addition to the attendance reward.

TIME SPAN: JUNE 1 – JUNE 30, 2017

Sun Rise Circuit

We are excited to announce Sun Rise Circuit, a new fast paced Power Plate® class starting Monday, June 5th. It will run M/W/F 6:30-7am and 7-7:30 am. This 25 minute circuit workout will get you supercharged for your day. Classic lifts and innovative movements, all on the Power Plate®. See you at Sun Rise! Sign up here.

The Power of Malas

Mindfulness isn’t one size fits all, and there are many different paths to the same place of peace that all practitioners seek. Throughout every major religion, there’s one common thread: every faith tradition on earth has incorporated the use of some sort of prayer beads. From the Catholic Rosary, to the Muslim Misbaha, to the Buddhist and Hindu Mala, people all over the globe have used the counting of beads during meditative practice as a way to get centered and present. Symmetry Yoga Alameda is proud to offer a variety of beautiful Malas, so our students can take their practice to the next level.

There are a number of reasons that Malas traditionally have 108 beads (feel free to follow this link to read more about all of them) but one of the best of the bunch, especially for a new yogi’s intent-setting and overall sense of groundedness, is that the Hindu tradition teaches that there are 108 pathways to the heart. As we start a meditation practice, every moment can be a struggle to stay present and resist the ego’s tendency to bring our attention into the future and/or the past. Imagining that each breath (and the bead you touch as you take it) is a re-dedication to the pursuit of heartfelt living can be very empowering!

Malas can also be used in combination with mantras, the sacred repetition of a word or phrase that acts as an affirmation or a prayer. It doesn’t have to be anything specific or even spiritual; something as simple as “I am full of light” or “My body is strong and capable of healing” are wonderful ways to use Malas to enhance your mindfulness routine.

Come by and check out our beautiful selection of Malas today, and while you’re at it don’t forget to ask about our yoga and Pilates classes and workshops! Symmetry is growing by the day and has something exciting in store, whether you’re recovering from an injury or looking to take your physical practice to the next level!