Until the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a passive part of our daily lives. Now we know that our brains are very active during sleep.
There are 5 different stages of sleep:
1. Light sleep, we drift in and out.
2. Our eye movements stop and our brain waves slow down.
3 and 4. Extremely slow brain waves; Delta waves begin to appear. Interspersed with smaller, faster waves.
4. REM sleep, our breathing becomes more rapid, our heart rate increases and our eyes move in different directions. In this stage we dream.
Most people spend 50 percent in stage 2, 20 percent in REM and 30 percent in the other stages. Except babies, they spend 50 percent in REM.
Sleep affects our daily functioning and our mental and physical health.
Drowsiness, micro sleeps during the day or falling asleep within 5 minutes of lying down, all point out sleep deprivation.
In our industrialized society that is almost the norm.
This is what sleep offers us:
-To keep the nervous system functioning.
-To keep us growing, healing and detoxing.
-To help maintain optimal emotional and social functioning.
-To help encode memory and to improve learning.
This Yoga class will be all about creating the ideal culture for a healthy sleep.
We will practice forward bends, lots of twists and we will practice diaphragmatic breathing.
The props will be:
An empty wall space
A block or big book
A strap or belt
”We are together in the dark
I hear your breathing in your sleep
Soon you will hear my sleeping breath
We take turns sleeping breath."
Zoom Yoga Class, 5/13, 7PM, Central Time
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/522828578
Meeting ID: 522-828-578
Contribution: 10 dollars