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Synergy in Avon offers mindfulness-based meditation in Yoga Nidra workshop

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AVON — Explore the depths of deep relaxation and tranquility by dropping below your thinking mind and entering a zero-stress zone with the Yoga Nidra workshop on Sunday, Jan. 3, at Synergy Center for Wellness in Avon.

According to The American Institute of Stress, stress is the leading cause of disease. It is more prevalent than cancer or heart disease, it has been known to suppress the immune system and it is the underlying root of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Practicing mindfulness meditation not only relaxes the body, it restores balance and a sense of peace and tranquility to the body and mind.

With more than 50,000 thoughts a day, it's hard to remain in a state of peace and relaxation. Many of us react mindlessly to situations, using filtered glasses of our past experiences to perceive and react to the present. Unconscious self-defeating patterns get acted out and replayed, reinforcing our behavior patterns.

Yoga Nidra allows you to disengage from the mind and release these self-defeating behaviors effortlessly and spontaneously.

"Many call Yoga Nidra the gateway to meditation because it is simple to do," said Kamini Desai, director of education at Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. "Unlike many types of meditation, anyone can do this. If you can lie down and follow simple instructions, you can do this."

You can't do anything wrong in this practice, which means even if you don't follow each instruction, you still receive the benefits. With practice, you will be more mindful or conscious about your choices, all day long, everyday and the benefits do not reverse.

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Science shows that Yoga Nidra helps you sleep better, lowers your blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart-related disease. It reduces cholesterol, aids in digestive disorders and reduces inflammation in patients with chronic pain and arthritis.

It slows aging, reduces the recurrence of cancer and generates a positive outlook, helping with depression and sadness. It is used at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical and the Cleveland Clinic to address stress, help cancer patients and help with sleep disorders, addictions, nervousness, fears and other health issues.

Aditya Haley, a 500-hour certified Amrit Yoga Level I and II and Yoga Nidra facilitator, will teach the workshop. Haley is a teacher and speaker in the field of stress reduction and yoga in the corporate world, and with more than 25 years of teaching experience, she exudes a peace and happiness that is both calming and comforting.

Visit http://www.be-calm.com/nidra or synergyvail.com or email aditya@be-calm.com to register for the workshop. Learn more about Yoga Nidra at http://www.amrityoga.org.

If you go …

What: Yoga Nidra workshop.

When: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3.

Where: Synergy Center for Wellness, 160 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon.

Cost: $20.

More information: Visit http://www.be-calm.com/nidra or synergyvail.com; email aditya@be-calm.com to register.

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