Low energy? Stressed? Energy dip 2-3 pm?Weight Gain in Your Belly? Low libido? Trouble sleeping? Weak immune system? Read on ...

This constellation of symptoms can be a sign that your adrenal glands (which are part of your body’s system that helps you deal with stress) is maxed out.

Dealing with the factors that are creating stress (practically and with mind-body techniques) is of course key and it is a big part of the work I do with clients in our 3 month CALM naturopathic foundations program through acupuncture, mindset and life coaching. One thing myself and many clients I work with have had to find out the hard way is that stress accumulate. Having ways to release it is really important to prevent overwhelm and burnout - adrenal fatigue. One simple practice that can not only help you release stress from the body but also work to change patterns of stress internally is an ancient practice called Yoga nidra (Yoga sleep).

Yoga nidra couldn’t be simpler. You just lie down on your back, get as comfortable as you can and follow along with the guided meditation that includes breathing exercises and other mindfulness exercises put in a particular order that creates the immensely beneficial effects..

Yoga nidra not only releases stress and helps emotions move through calming the mind and body, but it also promotes adrenal wellness increasing our resilience to stress. The practice has been studied and scientifically has proven to reduce anxiety, enhance healing, increase energy, stimulate creativity and strengthen the immune system.

30 minutes is said to be equivalent to 4 hours of sleep in terms of its restorative effects. I’ve included a yoga nidra for moms at the bottom of this blog. There are many yoga nidras on youtube as well to check out and the best is doing Yoga nidra in a group at a class. The group effect on nidra as in meditation is amazing!

To learn more about when the next yoga nidra retreats/classes are or to host one in your community contact us at retreats@opentowellness.ca or follow us at fb opentowellness canmore or instagram dr_monikaherwig_nd. Here’s two pictures of November’s Mexico Retreat location where we’ll be doing yoga nidra as part of the Restorative Retreat. It was voted in Yoga Journal to be the ‘best place to have a yoga retreat.’

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She Shines 2019 Event is the week of November 23 - 30, 2019. Eat. Play. Love.: Restorative Women’s Mindfulness, Art and Yoga & Nidra Retreat at the gorgeous Xinalani Eco-Yoga Retreat Center in Mexico. We’ll be taking a pause in paradise to relax, replenish, reset and to connect with you … who you are beyond the roles of mother, wife, caretaker, business owner, healer, daughter. It is a gift you give to yourself and everyone in your life. Your happiness serves the world. (-:

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