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Shithili-Karana (Systemic Relaxation and Breath Awareness)
Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique for learning to monitor and control the state of muscular tension. It was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s. Dr Jacobson wrote several books on the subject of Progressive Relaxation. The technique involves learning to monitor tension in each specific muscle group in the body by deliberately inducing tension in each group. This tension is then released, with attention paid to the contrast between tension and relaxation. These sessions are not exercises or self-hypnosis. The learner is told to relax, just let go. If the learner has any thoughts or physical distractions, he is instructed to just relax. Do not try to solve the problem. In each session the teacher reviews tensing one particular muscle group. If the student is slow in learning how to let the tension go for a particular muscle group, that group is focused on in the next session. The learner is told to continue to practice the relaxation technique in their daily lives. It is not our natural response to relax when there is an external or internal stimulant. However, as in many other physical conditions that we have no control over, the body's best response would be no response at all. There are two additional levels that are part of the work done by Dr. Rene in these classes. The first is a systematic guided relaxation rather than a tension/relaxation which is the classical approach coming from Dr. Jacobson. The second is a guided visualization focused on re-establishing “safety and control.” These classes are free but contributions are welcome, to help us to offset the cost of the space, there is a suggested minimum contribution of $5.00. RSVP ONLINE: or call our office:[masked]

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Genesis Tree of Life Yoga & Wellness Center

102-02 Metropolitan Avenue entrance on 71st Avenue, Lower Level · Forest Hills, NY

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When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Join us for this special class to help you integrate the power of YOGA NIDRA (meditation) and PRANAYAMA (breathwork) into your yoga practice at a deeper level.

Together these two disciplines will give you a powerful, 30-minute life-changing experience -- a way to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain and improve overall well-being. This class is offered to you as a special service. Your donation is greatly appreciated as it helps keep classes like this going.

PRANAYAMA (Breathwork)

Experience the healing power of meditation and pranayama (breathwork). Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions and one of the Eight Rungs of Raja Yoga, as defined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Pranayama is composed of the Sanskrit words Prāna, life force, or vital energy, particularly the breath, and āyāma, to extend, draw out, restrain, or control. The control or extension of the life force affects changes in body and mind and therefore is a powerful means of re-establishing balance and health.

YOGA NIDRA (Meditation)

Yoga Nidra is a highly powerful ancient meditation technique originated from the Tantras. In the deep relaxation state of yoga nidra, the mind is in a state between sleep and wakefulness and its receptivity is many times more than its receptivity in wakeful state. The secret is that the subconscious mind is at front in this state while the conscious mind takes the back seat. The subconscious mind is a very obedient disciple and immediately carries out the orders that you put to it. By practicing Yoga Nidra you can train your subconscious mind and your conscious mind and intellect will follow. The subconscious and the unconscious mind are the most powerful forces in the human being. In yoga nidra you learn how to access these powerful forces to gain knowledge, heal yourself, increase creativity, and to realize your true self.

FEE: Free; donations are greatly appreciated. LED BY: Rene David Alkalay, PhDn preceptor of The Genesis Society, a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization, with the mission to develop a holistic paradigm, one that integrates cultures and peoples by promoting cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.See our website for more about our work and our mission

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