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WOHASU 2018 – Video Presentation.

Learn how to access the power that lies within you!

As the Chair of the 2018 Global Yoga Community Board for The World Happiness Summit- (WOHASU),  I felt honored to also have been invited to provide a presentation alongside world leaders in the science of happiness.

Because the pursuit of happiness is such a personal journey that is dependent on several factors,  I wanted to share with you, one of the most basic and powerful tools to access your happiness. The tool that I presented at WOHASU 2018 conference, was The Power of the Breath”. 

This video will endeavor to explain the physiological mechanisms and the mind-body connection of breathing, as well as many of the research driven applications utilized with breathing. 

I hope you enjoy this presentation and that you can pass this information on to your love ones 🙂

Much Love and Gratitude,

 

 

 

 

WOHASU 2018 – ‘What Is Yoga?” by Veronica Vidal

Veronica Vidal is a Fellow Founder and  the Chair of  the Global Yoga Community Board  for The World Happiness Summit 2017, 2018 (WOHASU) 

In this video presentation Veronica explains what is Yoga and why practice Yoga as an integral part to find happiness ? 
“Happiness is a choice that one needs to cultivate, and yoga is a powerful tool to sustain happiness, as well as to become resilient to the inevitable vicissitudes of life.”

Including Yoga In Your Fitness Training Program

Why not enhance your athletic performance, improve the results of your fitness training and prevent injury by adding yoga to your exercise plan now?

A well-rounded yoga practice includes dynamic flexibility training, core stabilization, strengthening and balance work. By focusing on these vital elements, yoga can help you recover faster after workouts, open up the tight areas that hinder performance, improve range of motion, and developmental focus and concentration.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Stillness? Acceptance? Balance? That’s boring.” If that’s the case, maybe you have not yet tried to stay still in an arm balancing pose or even downward dog for a good length of time. Yoga can test your body and push it to its limit, all while fostering intentional breath and mental focus and stillness. It’s a triple-edged sword.

Yoga fosters balance because it is itself a balanced practice, allowing you to achieve a wide range of athletic goals, mobility, strength, and flexibility all at the same time. And if you’re an athlete, yoga can bring a new balance to your training by helping you prevent injuries.

Yoga can also provide benefits for specific exercises and activities. With the right combination of poses, you can create flows to target muscle groups and skills that are specific to your sport.

Yoga widens range of motion and increases access to more muscle fibers, allowing for more substantial hypertrophy in any given muscle group. If you supplement your regular lifting routine with yoga classes, you’ll be able to activate ignored sections of muscle.

Deep abdominal breathing is a huge part of yoga, and it activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This lowers levels of cortisol, a hormone that forces your body to hold onto belly fat. Training yourself to breathe deeply through yoga can reduce stress and cortisol levels in your daily life.

Practicing yoga is lowering your heart rate. More intense yoga routines will challenge your heart and breathing rates, which strengthen your cardiovascular system and can lead to a reduction in overall heart rate. Your breathing volume can also improve, providing more oxygen for your body to work as efficiently as possible.

Include VeroYoga to your fitness routine and experience the results for yourself. All VeroYoga levels are suitable for any fitness program.  Join us @ The Key Biscayne Community Center 10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 

Descubre la Mejor Experiencia de Relajación

En mi trayectoria de estudio y práctica de yoga, he sido extremadamente afortunada de haber  recibido guía individual y personalizada por más de 25 años de un gran maestro de la India, Swami Brahmavidyananda Saraswati -“Swamiji”

En la foto estamos Swamiji y yo en Bihar, India.

En todos los años compartidos con Swamiji he aprendido incontables técnicas de yoga, respiración, relajación, meditación y yoga terapia. Una de las técnicas más poderosas que aprendí con Swamiji es la práctica de YOGA NIDRA.

Yoga Nidra  es una estrategia indispensable no solo para contrarrestar la velocidad y los efectos del estress que demanda nuestro ritmo de vida, sino también es una herramienta infalible cuando se trata de re-programar nuestro subconsciente, con el fin de alcanzar nuestras metas y objetivos más deseados.

Se ha comprobado que Yoga Nidra es una tecnica poderosa para reducir el estress y para aumentar la sensacion de bienestar en solo unos minutos diarios!

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        ¿Qué es el Yoga Nidra?

El Yoga Nidra es una poderosa técnica de meditación guiada y relajación profunda desarrollada en la India.

Yoga Nidra  significa “Yoga del sueño psíquico”.  Sin embargo, su propósito no es quedarse dormido.

El objetivo del Yoga Nidra es alcanzar una relajación profunda consciente. Es una técnica que permite que  la mente se mantenga despierta en un estado entre la vigilia y el sueño, mientras  que el cuerpo duerme. En otras palabras, es un estado de sueño con plena lucidez, en donde la persona se encuentra en el límite entre estar dormido y estar despierto.

En el Yoga Nidra la mente debe estar totalmente ocupada en seguir las instrucciones, las cuales son rápidas y requieren atención aguda.

El Yoga Nidra es un método de interiorización de los sentidos que, marcadamente reduce la conciencia del mundo externo. Como resultado se logra alcanzar un estado profundo de relajación en donde se aflojan tensiones psicosomáticas y se libera la mente del material que la perturba.

1 hora de Yoga Nidra equivale a 4 horas de sueño en la noche.

Si se practica justo antes de acostarse, todo el cuerpo y la mente se relajan, el sueño es más profundo y refrescante, y es necesario menos tiempo de sueño.

 ¿Cómo se practica el Yoga Nidra?

A diferencia de otras prácticas de meditación, el Yoga Nidra debe realizarse en Savasana  (Recostado cómodamente boca arriba con los ojos cerrados.)

La posición debe ser simétrica para recibir los beneficios de la relajación en ambos lados del cuerpo simultáneamente.

Durante toda la sesión de Yoga Nidra debes permanecer en la misma posición, por lo que es muy importante que encuentres la mayor comodidad. (Puedes usar mantas y almohadas para lograr tu posición ideal de relajación.)

Los ojos deben estar cerrados durante toda la sesión.

Enfócate en el momento presente. Deja de lado lo que has hecho hasta ahora o lo que te queda por hacer. Comprométete en estar aquí y ahora.

Es importante mantenerte alerta para evitar dormirte. Sobre todo al principio, es normal que  te duermas, pero no lo conviertas en algo habitual. Intenta terminar la sesión y luego dormirte. El Yoga Nidra ofrece incontables beneficios que te estarías perdiendo.

La sesion de Yoga Nidra debe ser guiada por un profesor o por un audio.

¿Cómo se “programa la mente” con Yoga Nidra?

La mente tiene tres dimensiones: consciente, subconsciente e inconsciente.

Yoga Nidra es una manera revolucionaria de cortar la resistencia y la charla mental que se experimenta cuando uno se sienta a hacer meditación.

El estado que se alcanza durante la práctica de Yoga Nidra llega a las profundidades del subconsciente e inconsciente. En este estado de profundidad se establece una “resolución” personal (lo que en la India se llama “Sankalpa”). La “resolución” establecida en las profundidades de la mente, es como plantar una semilla en tierra fértil.

Por este motivo el Yoga Nidra es un instrumento efectivo y directo de purificación y programación personal mental.

¿Qué es exactamente el “Sankalpa”?

Sankalpa (en sanscrito संकल्प) significa una determinación, una resolución personal, un deseo, una intención formada en el corazón o en la mente. Es el primer paso práctico por el que se aumenta la potencialidad de la mente y la capacidad para aprovechar la fuerza de voluntad.

El Sankalpa es una resolución afirmativa que se repite mentalmente tres veces al principio y al final del Yoga Nidra. Tiene que ser una frase corta y positiva, hay que repetirla mentalmente, sentirla, y visualizarla. Esta resolución repetida en estado de relajación, será una orden que la mente consciente da a la mente subconsciente, en estado de alta receptividad, para luego manifestarse a nivel consciente aportando cambios en la personalidad y en la vida.

¿Cómo se establece una “resolución personal” (Sankalpa)?

El Sankalpa es una afirmación positiva.

Antes de iniciar la sesión de Yoga Nidra debes decidir sobre aquello que quieres modificar o afianzar de tu personalidad, o lograr en tu vida.

La frase o sankalpa que elijas debe ser breve, formulada en presente y en primera persona y siempre con un enunciado positivo, por ejemplo:

  • “Soy feliz y disfruto de cada instante de mi vida”
  • “Atraigo a mi vida abundancia de éxito, paz y amor”
  • “Me amo y me respeto en todo momento”.
  • “Yo creo en mí firmemente”
  • “Tengo calma y paz interior”
  • “Gozo de perfecto estado de salud”.

El proceso de elección de tu  sankalpa es muy importante. Debes hacer un ejercicio de introspección y decidir qué es aquello que te debilita o que añoras para tu vida.

Recuerda que es importante que tengas tu “resolución” determinada antes de iniciar la sesión de Yoga Nidra, ya que la debes repetir al comienzo y al final de la práctica.

¿Cuánto dura una sesión de Yoga Nidra?

Dependiendo de lo que se quiera lograr, las sesiones son de diversas duraciones. La sesion tipica es de alrededor 25 minutos. 

¿Quién puede realizar yoga nidra?

El Yoga Nidra lo puede realizar todo el mundo a excepción de aquellas personas que padezcan episodios de epilepsia o brotes psicóticos.

¿Cuál es el mejor momento para practicar Yoga Nidra?

Los mejores momentos para la práctica del Yoga Nidra son la mañana al despertar y la noche, antes de acostarte.

Un momento muy recomendable para la sesión de Yoga Nidra es cuando acabas la sesión de posiciones de Yoga. Puedes terminar haciendo la postura de Savasana para comenzar con la sesión de Yoga Nidra. Este es mi momento preferido.

¿Cuáles son los beneficios de Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra ofrece incontables beneficios:

A nivel mental-emocional :

  • Actúa como antídoto para el estrés.
  • Reduce la ansiedad actuando como sedante natural
  • Provoca sensación de paz y tranquilidad que dura a lo largo del día.
  • Relaja la mente y permite pensar con mayor claridad, puesto que se activan ambos hemisferios del cerebro
  • Despierta la creatividad y despeja la mente.
  • Mejora la memoria y el aprendizaje.
  • Aumenta la fuerza de voluntad.
  • Mejora la calidad del sueño y combate el insomnio.

Estos beneficios son acumulativos y evolutivos: a más relajación, más tranquilidad. Cuando más practicamos las técnicas de relajación consciente, más fácil y rápidamente entraremos al nivel alfa, y podremos permanecer en él durante más tiempo.

A nivel físico:

  • Disminuye la presión arterial y del ritmo cardiaco
  • Relaja el cuerpo
  • Alivia el dolor del cuerpo.
  • Regula la respiración.
  • Aporta mayor nivel de oxígeno al cerebro y a las células en general.
  • Disminuye de la tensión muscular.
  • Reduce de los niveles de secreción de adrenalina y cortisol por las glándulas suprarrenales.
  • Aumenta de vasodilatación general.
  • Reduce en los niveles de colesterol y grasas en la sangre.
  • Aumenta el nivel de producción de leucocitos, lo que refuerza el sistema inmunológico.

La práctica de Yoga Nidra  te llevara a estados de  profunda calma y tranquilidad. En cada práctica serás tú mismo el que establezca una corta resolución mental acerca de lo que tú quieres manifestar en tu vida. La resolución formulada durante la práctica de Yoga Nidra es como plantar una “semilla poderosa” en tu mente subconsciente y  desde allí romper códigos auto-limitantes que te llevaran a la transformación deseada en tu personalidad y en tu vida.

La meditación guiada Yoga Nidra, es el medio más eficaz para transformar tu vida.

Tu ya tienes una vision de lo que quieres para tu  vida.  Comienza con la practica de Yoga Nidra para dirigir el timón de tu destino en la dirección que tu decidas.

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Por favor, dejame saber si tienes alguna pregunta acerca de esta tecnica de yoga !

Y recuerda de compartir conmigo, como te va con esta herramienta ancestral e infalible ¡

Con Amor y Gratitud,

Veronica Vidal

Discover the Ultimate Relaxation Experience

In my yoga journey of practicing and studying this ancient discipline, I’ve been extremely fortunate to receive individual and personalized guidance for more than 25 years from a great yoga teacher from India, Swami Brahmavidyananda Saraswati -“Swamiji” 

In the photo to the left, I am with Swamiji, in Bihar, India.

In all the years shared with Swamiji, I have learned countless yoga techniques, breathing exercises, relaxation methods, meditation, and yoga therapies. Of these, one of the most powerful techniques I learned with Swamiji was the practice of YOGA NIDRA.

Yoga Nidra is a powerful strategy to counteract the speed and effects of stress in our bodies and minds.

Also, and as important, it is an infallible tool when it comes to re-programming the subconscious mind, to achieve one”s desired goals and objectives.

Yoga Nidra is proven to reduce stress & increase the sense of  well-being  in as little as a few minutes a day!

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        ¿What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique of guided meditation and deep relaxation developed in India.

Yoga Nidra means “Yoga of psychic sleep”. However, its purpose is not to fall asleep. The goal of Yoga Nidra is to achieve deep conscious relaxation.

It is a technique that allows the mind to stay awake in a state between wakefulness and sleep, while the body sleeps. In other words, it is a dream state with full lucidity, where the person lies on the borderline between being asleep and awake.

In Yoga Nidra, the mind must be fully engaged in following instructions, which are quick and require acute attention.

Yoga Nidra is a method to withdraw the senses inward and to reduce awareness of the external world. As a result, one achieves a deep state of relaxation to release psychosomatic tensions and to free the mind from the material that upsets it.

1 hour of Yoga Nidra equals to 4 hours of sleep at night.

If you practice just before bedtime, the whole body and mind will relax, your sleep will be deeper and restorative, and you will benefit even with fewer hours of sleep.

 How is Yoga Nidra practiced?

The session of Yoga Nidra should be guided by a teacher or by an audio recording. (click here for your copy)

Unlike other meditation practices, Yoga Nidra should be performed in Savasana (lying comfortably on your back with your eyes closed.)

The position should be symmetrical to receive the benefits of relaxation on both sides of the body simultaneously.

During the whole session of Yoga Nidra, you must remain in the same position, so it is very important that you find the greatest comfort. (You can use blankets and pillows to achieve your ideal position of relaxation.)

Eyes should be closed during the entire session.

Focus on the present moment. Leave aside what you have done so far or what you have left to do. Commit yourself to being here and now.

It is important to stay alert to avoid falling asleep. Especially at the beginning, it is normal to fall asleep, but do not make it a habit. Try to finish the session and then fall asleep. Otherwise, you may miss the countless benefits that Yoga Nidra offers.

How do you “program the mind” with Yoga Nidra?   

The mind has three dimensions: conscious, subconscious and unconscious.

Yoga Nidra is a revolutionary way to cut out the resistance and mental chatter you experience when you sit down for meditation.

The state reached during the practice of Yoga Nidra reaches the depths of the subconscious and unconscious. In this profound mental state, a personal “resolution” is established (what in India is called “Sankalpa”). The “resolution” established in the depths of the mind, is just like planting a seed in the fertile soil.

For this reason, Yoga Nidra is an effective and direct instrument of personal mental purification and self-programming.

What exactly is the “Sankalpa”?  

Sankalpa (Sanskrit संकल्प) means a determination, a personal resolution, a desire, an intention formed in the heart or in the mind. It is the first practical step by which to increase the potentiality of the mind and the ability to harness willpower.

Sankalpa is an affirmative resolution that is mentally repeated three times at the beginning and the end of Yoga Nidra. It has to be a short and positive phrase, that you can feel and visualize. This repeated mental resolution in a state of relaxation will be like a command that the subconscious mind, receives from the conscious mind in a state of high receptivity, and then manifest itself on a conscious level bringing changes in all aspects of a person’s life.

How do you establish a “personal resolution” (Sankalpa)?

Sankalpa is a positive affirmation that you make for yourself.

Before starting the session of Yoga Nidra you must decide on what you want to modify or strengthen in your personality or achieve in your life.

The phrase (Sankalpa) you choose should be brief, formulated in present time, in the first person and always with a positive statement.

Below see some examples:

“I am happy and enjoy every moment of my life”
“I attract abundance of success, peace, and love into my life”
“I love and respect myself at all times.”
“I believe in myself firmly”
“I am calm and at peace”
“I enjoy being in perfect health.”

The process of choosing your Sankalpa is very important. You must do an introspection exercise and decide what are your weaknesses that you want to strengthen, or what is that you long for in life.

Since you must repeat it at the beginning and at the end of the practice, remember to have your “resolution” (Sankalpa) determined before starting the Yoga Nidra session.

How long does a Yoga Nidra session last?

Depending on what you want to achieve, there are different duration. The typical session lasts around 25 minutes.

Who can perform yoga nidra? 

Yoga Nidra can be done by everyone except those who have episodes of epilepsy or psychotic breakouts.

What is the best time to practice Yoga Nidra? 

The best times for practicing Yoga Nidra are mornings as soon as you wake up,  and at night, before you fall asleep.

Another suggested time for the practice of Yoga Nidra is when you finish the session of Yoga postures (Hatha Yoga).  Once in Savasana (relaxation pose)  begin with the Yoga Nidra session. This is my favorite moment.

What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra? 

Yoga Nidra offers countless benefits:

At the mental-emotional level:

  • It acts as an antidote to stress.
  • Reduces anxiety by acting as a natural sedative.
  • It creates a sense of peace and tranquility that lasts throughout the day.
  • It activates both hemispheres of the brain, therefore, relaxing the mind and allowing one to think with more openness.
  • It awakens creativity and clears the mind.
  • Improves memory and learning.
  • Increases willpower.
  • It improves the quality of sleep and fights insomnia.

These benefits are cumulative: the more one relaxes, the more the tranquility one experiences. The more we practice conscious relaxation techniques, the easier and faster we will be able to reach an alpha state of mind and stay in it longer.

At the physical level: 

  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Relaxes the body
  • Relieves body pain.
  • Regulates breathing.
  • Increases the level of oxygen to the brain and cells in general.
  • Decreases muscle tension.
  • Reduces levels of adrenaline and cortisol secretion by the adrenal glands.
  • Reduces levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood.
  • It increases the level of production of leukocytes, which strengthens the immune system.

The practice of Yoga Nidra will take you to deep mental states of calmness and tranquility. Use Yoga Nidra and you’ll see how altering your brain-waves can instantly transport you into a magical state of deep relaxation.

The resolution formulated during the practice of Yoga Nidra is like planting a “powerful seed” in your subconscious mind.  From the depth of your own subconsciousness, you will be able to break the codes of self-limiting beliefs.

With the practice of Yoga Nidra, your own mind will lead you to the desired transformation in your personality and in your life.

Yoga Nidra guided meditation is the most effective way to transform your life.

You already have a vision of what you want for your life. Set your intention. Start turning your dreams into reality. With the practice of Yoga Nidra, you can actually, become the architect of your destiny.

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Download on your computer, or any MOBILE DEVICE this powerful guided meditation that I prepared just for you. This is the loyal transcript, word for word,  faithfully from its very cradle,  INDIA. (Click Here)

Please, let me know if you have any questions about this powerful yoga technique.

Remember, to share with me how you do with this ancestral and infallible tool!

With Love and Gratitude,

Veronica Vidal

The Power of “GENTLE” Yoga

ALL YOGA should be GENTLE”. 

Gentle does not necessarily mean “EASY”

In the path of yoga, giving proper training and discipline, one progresses with time. With continuous practice, not only the body but also the mind as well as the nervous system become stronger.

Once we strengthen the “tangible” aspects of our bodies, then, and only then, the practice of yoga can become more intense, however, ALWAYS GENTLE. Gentle means that one listens to one’s body and approaches the asanas gradually, as if “asking the body for permission” and never imposing. Being gentle is powerful and is the sure way to ongoing progress. One can achieve a very difficult and advanced pose in a “gentle” way.

The fact is that the word “asana”, literally from the Sanskrit, translates as “comfortable pose”, which means that ALL yoga poses, no matter how hard they may initially seem, eventually with practice, they become comfortable. (If you’ve practiced yoga long enough, you know exactly what I mean.)

It is important to know that more than 5000 years ago, the complexity of yoga poses was intended to be transformative, restorative, and healing as preparation to deeper practices – some of which are stillness, and meditation.

However, nowadays, yoga has become a “trend”, a “sport”, and a competition. Who can do the hardest pose? Who can do the most complex inversions? How can I create the most sweat possible?

Therefore, people approach it at as a physical challenge exerting and pushing themselves in order to “get it right”, entering into it with the “no pain -no gain” state of mind – many times hurting their bodies in the process.

On the other hand, many individuals find the so-called beginning practices of yoga too advanced for them so they don’t find the courage to ever begin, and if they do, they get discouraged, scared off, and pretty soon they quit.

Also, our lifestyles demand that we spend a lot of time in a sitting position (in front of a screen) –weakening the skeleton and muscular systems.

Conversely, from a sedentary sitting position, we stand up directly into walking and running (in the case of those who practice sports) –causing a strong high impact to the cold and weak back muscles and its nerve endings.   These are the main reasons why people suffer from back muscle spasms, herniated disks, lower back pain, and other sorts of injuries.

Further, demands related to finances, work, relationships, and other situations, constantly challenge our sense of well-being. Our lives are loaded with stressors. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.

In response, VeroYoga is now offering a “gentle” program that is all inclusive and accessible to everyone.  Gentle yoga classes attempt to meet yoga students “where they are”.

This is a style of yoga for people who don’t have the flexibility, coordination, and strength which photos of yoga poses typically portray.

This is a program that I’ve opened by popular demand as an essential complement to a rigorous athletic training, as a great antidote to stress, as well as for those who are looking to restore physical health,  to achieve emotional stability, and to regain energetic balance.

In Gentle VeroYoga classes, we move the spinal column to its four different directions to re-align the spine and to develop strength and flexibility to the back muscles structure.

We hold poses; we breathe deeply, and transition slowly through the sequence, to achieve a state of freedom from muscle stiffness and mental burdens.

The sequence is designed to reach deep into the finest fibers of the body, promoting blood circulation, oxygenation, and motion to areas that are otherwise, stagnant and dormant. All the organs of the body receive a soft and yet firm compression which stimulates their function and activates the secretion of healthy body fluids. Moreover, because the movements are non-repetitive and involve the whole body, the different centers in the brain and its glands also receive oxygenation and stimulation. I could go on and on because the list of benefits of GENTLE yoga is endless.

These classes are safe, effective, compassionate, in a non-competitive environment that is welcoming to all.

Gentle VeroYoga is intended to be restorative and to support those who need to address muscle tension, stress, injuries, anxiety, insomnia, as well as any other condition. These classes will provide healing and a profound sense of relaxation, benefiting your whole well-being.

CLASS SCHEDULE: Tuesday and Thursday

CLASS TIME: 8:30 – 10:00am

LOCATION: Community Center Village of Key Biscayne
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Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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 Stretch and tone the body, improve agility and balance, and draw the focus inward to calm the mind. You will leave these VeroYoga classes feeling renovated, alert and relaxed.

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