The Sound Experience
Yoga Nidra & Tibetan Sound Healing
These events begin with a guided relaxation - Yoga Nidra, lead by Lucas - a practice that induces deep relaxation. You'll then be serenaded by the Tibetan healing bowls - each bowl tuned to match the various vibratory frequencies (chakras) within our bodies. The bowls are not only be played around your body, they will also be placed on your body. The result being a recalibration of the nervous system, reducing anxiety and stress.
All you have to do lie down, relax and listen. You’ll ‘awake’ feeling refreshed, calm and balanced.
Wear loose fitting clothes - maybe even your PJ's. No button or zippers
No Experience necessary.
Price: $40 per person.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice originating in India. Its roots can be traced back to Sankhya philosophy (first written down around 700 BC but dating back to around 1000 BC through verbal teaching). These early teachings were practised and expanded upon over the centuries through the non-dualist philosophy of Advaita Vedanta and the Tantric teachings of Kashmir Shaivism.
Yoga Nidra is a form of deep relaxation where the practitioner’s body is completely relaxed and the teacher guides them with verbal instructions. It is most often taught with the student lying down being guided by a teacher.
It starts with developing concentration, asking ourselves what we want from life and setting intentions for the practice. Meditations on the body and the breath help to create an inner resource to bring a sense of wellbeing.
The teacher then guides the student to focus their awareness on breath, sensations in the body, emotions and thoughts – all the while observing these as a witness and welcoming what comes without getting caught up in the thoughts and sensations.
This develops “witness consciousness” – the understanding that we are more than our thoughts and recognizing ourselves as the one who is aware (the witness).
Tibetan Healing Bowls
Singing/healing bowls originated in Mesopotamia over 5,000 years ago, and made their way to the regions of Tibet, Nepal and India which all have singing bowls in their history and culture dating back some 2,000 years.
Today, singing bowls are still produced in these areas of the world, and both the craftsmanship and the spiritual components are closely tied to culture and tradition. Originally made of pure copper in the ancient world for medicinal purposes, they are now made most often of bronze (a combination of copper, tin and zinc) or a seven-metal medley of copper, tin, zinc, iron, lead, gold and silver—seven earth metals for the seven chakras.
The practice can be conducted in a group setting or private session. The bowls are places on and around the body and played in various patterns or unlock, clear and align the subtle energies in the body.
Teaching Style: Uplifting, Empowering, Centering
Class Type: Hatha/Vinyasa, Meditations, PranaFlow Lite, Classic Vinyasa, Meditation, Yoga Nidra
Training: 300hr RYT Yoga Shanti, NYC, Personal Trainer, NASM
Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM, Reiki - Level 2, Atma Buti Certified Sound Healing, and Yoga Nidra, ISHTA
About: With a lifelong passion for self-development, and the desire to help others become their best selves, Lucas took the leap and travelled to Bali, Indonesia to study the teachings of Hatha yoga with renowned teachers Everett Newell & Katherine Girling (Zuna Yoga, zunayoga.com)
Already a teacher of voice here in NYC and with a background in dance, Lucas’s skill set of body/mind conditioning and how to motivate and empower his students is one of his most enticing qualities as a yoga teacher.
Lucas’s classes are accessible, strong, efficient and well rounded. Each class includes strong live music, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
Likes: Creating things, Sunday brunch and decorating
Teaching Style: Thoughtful, Engaged
Class Type: Pure Hatha, Prana Flow, Somatics Release Muscles & Pain, Energy Release, Tibetan Healing Bowls, Restorative, Meditation
Training: E-RYT 300 Academy of Yoga & Meditation, India; E-RYT 200 Zuna Yoga, Indonesia, Essential Somatics, NJ, Atma Buti Certified Sound Healing, NYC; Reiki Level 2, Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra, ISHTA, NYC; Radiant Child Yoga.
About: As a partner of NY Loves Yoga, MJ listens to students speak about why they come to yoga - stress relief, relaxation, finding peace internally and health/wellness.
MJ's passion is breathe play - integrating music, patterned breathing, visualization and yoga poses. Throughout class, the respiratory system, endocrine system and muscles get juiced up from the inside out, promoting detoxing, organ massage and mental relaxation.