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Yogic Sleep (Yoga Nidra)
Close your week out with this deeply relaxing and restorative class. Yoga Nidra, also known as 'yogic sleep', is a practice designed to cultivate deep relaxation and the manifestation of intentions. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is as refreshing as four hours of sleep. The practice was refined by Swami Satyananda in the 1940's, where he used the technique to teach young monks mantras and new languages while they rested in a meditative state. We might not learn how to speak French, but the intentions we set during out practice will have all the manifesting power of this deep practice behind them. This class will incorporate pranayama (breath work) to create a grounded space, journaling to define the intention you wish to plant, Yin Yoga to prepare the body for meditation, and about an hour of guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is practiced lying down and is beneficial even if the practitioner drifts off to dreamland during the class. Guided by Sarah Hirsch, who has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and teaching for two years. She earned her 200 hour teacher certification in Rishikesh, India, in 2015. Her classes emphasize the connection between body, mind, and spirit, helping to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Universe as a whole. Sarah focuses on leading heart-centered Hatha classes, while incorporating dynamic Vinyasa transitions, as well as healing Yin and Restorative yoga classes.

Forum de Freedom at CMU

100 E. Maple St. Suite B · Bellingham, wa

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About the Center for Mindful Use

Cannabis is now legal and available in a growing number of areas. It is not for everyone. But if you choose to use it — or are considering doing so — the Center for Mindful Use ( (CMU) provides a safe, free and fun place to talk with and learn with others about how to do so mindfully.

For the last century, forced into the shadows, a great deal has been said and written about "marijuana." As a plant used by humans for millennia, there is much more to share. Cannabis is ready for new spokespeople and the nonprofit CMU is a place for those speakers to say what they need to say.

Topics for discussion include the social, medical, spiritual, cultural, recreational, legal and historical foundations of cannabis and the "best practices" for its reintroduction into modern society.

Unless otherwise noted, gatherings take place in the Forum de Freedom, located at 100 Maple Street, Suite B, Bellingham, Washington. (The Forum is located behind the Satori Cannabis Boutique, about a block northwest from the Bellingham Farmer's Market. Please note that CMU and Satori are separate; you cannot gain entrance to CMU’s events through Satori. Please enter at CMU’s separate side entrance -- just Over the Rainbow Bridge -- located on Cornwall Avenue.) All events are free unless otherwise indicated, though love donations for our teachers and mission are gratefully accepted. More information can also be found on our Facebook page (

Some CMU programs may be recorded for live Internet streaming and/or archived for later playback. During such events, a limited number of seats will be reserved for our live studio audience members who do not wish to appear on camera.

What about cannabis use as part of CMU events?: Smoking and any other use of cannabis (or any other other controlled substance) in the Forum is currently not permitted under the terms of our lease. That said, cannabis users, of course, are welcome at all events. We simply ask that guests show up with curious, open hearts and presence. For some, cannabis may provide assistance. For others, it may not. Know and be responsible for thyself.

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