Yoga and meditation are effective healing and coping strategies for the mind and body that are woven into many of the programs at JTC. In these video and audio recordings made by Joanna Morrison, you can access some of the yoga and meditation practices used at the Centre, wherever you are.
Yoga Nidra is a gentle, guided meditation, focused on body scan and breath to invite relaxation and grounding into the body before sleep.
Body Scan is a guided meditation focused on bringing awareness to the body parts through breath and gentle awareness. The primary intention of the Body Scan is to simply notice body, breath and mind with no judgment or expectation.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a guided meditation focused on awareness to the body parts through breath and gentle muscle contraction and release. Helpful when Body Scan feels too still or uncomfortable.
Gentle Breath Expansion is focused on the exhalation and slowly extending the exhalation breath. The extended exhale supports the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system supports your ability to rest, relax and digest. When the parasympathetic system is supported, your breathing slows, your heart rate drops, your blood pressure lowers and your body transitions into a state of calm and healing.
Extended Breathing Practice with Retention is focused on the exhalation and slowly extending the exhalation breath. This practice includes breath retention – gentle hold after the inhalation – which strengthens the breath and prana (energy) flowing in the body. The extended exhale supports the parasympathetic nervous system.