Opposites & Paradox: Exploring Extremes with Guided Meditation

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The Yoga Nidra Series

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Exploring Extremes with Guided Meditation
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Meditation That Filters the Noise: The Yoga Nidra Series

What if you could experience less chatter in the mind and more direction from the heart?

Whether it’s relationships, responsibilities, or the state of the world, life has no shortage of stress, frustration, and fear. But through these challenges, it’s possible to feel peace and develop resilience by connecting with who we truly are, aligning with what’s important to us, and living with purpose. 

In this five-week series, you’ll learn how to use guided meditation as a tool to pay attention to both the body and breath, process feelings and emotions, and cultivate joy. The method we’ll use is iRest® Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation. This evidence-based, mind-body approach is the result of 30 years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Richard Miller and associates. 

People who practice iRest® report:

  • Greater ability to relax and enjoy life
  • Increased inner peace and well-being
  • Reduced insomnia and levels of stress
  • Reduced depression, fear and anxiety
  • Improved interpersonal relations
  • Reduced chronic and acute pain
And they describe feeling:
  • Calm
  • Settled
  • Light
  • Balanced
  • Rested
  • Content
  • Relaxed
  • Whole

iRest is simple and powerful.

Learn the core concepts of iRest yoga nidra, and experience them for yourself in this five-week series. Each 90-minute session includes content, discussion, time to journal and process the material, and a full practice. You’ll also have access to an online community group, recordings, and additional resources. This series is a supportive way to start a meditation practice and to fill your toolbox with easy-to-implement tools for handling everyday life. 

Week 1: Set the foundation
Week 2: Body & breath sensing
Week 3: Explore opposites of feelings and emotions
Week 4: Explore opposites of belief (thoughts, images, memories)
Week 5: Essential nature, joy, & awareness

By the end of our time together, you’ll learn how to rest. You’ll challenge old beliefs about who you are and what you can do. You’ll be able to better regulate your energy and emotions and meet each day’s challenges.

Stay tuned for the summer session.


Hi, I'm Jen Wilking—a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and experienced yoga and meditation teacher. A student and teacher at heart, my mission is to share beneficial practices that are backed by science and rooted in yoga. Yoga nidra, in particular, has had a profound effect on my life, ushering me through times of stress, pain, and loss. Even more than that, it's a toolbox of practices for everyday resilience.

I hope you'll join me on this journey to experiencing a deep and abiding sense of peace and meeting challenges as they come through this powerful practice. I would be honored to be your guide.

Testimonials

As a busy mom it's hard to slow down and take "me time". This was the perfect opportunity to do just that - take intentional time to care for my own needs through this workshop/yoga nidra practice with Jen. Through this practice it helped my body get out of a stressed out and anxious state into a place of calm, this alone was enough for this stressed out mom! BUT the benefits of the practice didn't stop there! Feel more and think less...taught me to give more attention to sensation than mental energy and story, this has helped me in my everyday life when I am anxious or want to overthink things. I've gone through this workshop twice and each time I got something new out of it. This last time I went through it, I became more aware of my inner critic and negative beliefs about myself, and how these beliefs and inner critic were holding me back. I am so grateful for the insight this practice has given me about myself, to grow in awareness to make changes. Plus, I really love learning from Jen. Great voice to listen to and such a relatable and caring guide.
Andrea
The Yoga Nidra series with Jen has been a highlight of my every Friday. As a yoga teacher myself, I was not new to meditation but the iRest method had something different to offer. Jen breaks the course into stages, allowing you to get familiar with each part and put it into practise there and then. Plus you can also practise throughout the week, in your own time with the recording provided after each session. Her soothing voice, patient approach, and friendly manner is one of a kind. She’s a truly humble and wonderful teacher to spend your time with.

I loved having this 2h every week to catch up with the group, even if only virtually. Being able to compare experiences, thoughts and everything in between was really valuable. Regardless of your age and experience, you will find your spot in the group. Plus even a different time zone is not a problem. I was joining everyone at 4:30 PM from London, UK. Being a busy mum of two, self care is a must. Not just bubble baths and face masks but a quality time to stop, pause and allow myself to just be still. To breathe, to let my body and brain fully relax.
Even if you’re not into meditation (yet 😉), having a legitimate reason to have a 20 minute nap during your day is truly transformative. It’s not called a yogic sleep without a reason after all! Without any childcare in place, my children got to watch a film in return for my alone time. Win, win!

Give yourself the gift of simply being here and now, without any expectations or judgment. And see what happens.
Thank you, Jen. Truly grateful.
Madeleine Kordon
I knew for some time that meditation was recommended for well-being and developing a more balanced lifestyle. I knew it would probably help me deal with my anxiety and inability to sleep. Although, when I tried to meditate I found it difficult to access and maintain consistently. Jen introduced me to Yoga Nidra two years ago. I found it to be much more approachable. As a yoga teacher and Jen’s student, I was inspired to take a deeper dive. I took trainings and taught a variety of Yoga Nidra styles and followed up with Jen’s iRest Yoga Nidra sessions this spring.

I loved these sessions for a number of reasons. IRest is evidenced based and in the course, Jen takes you through specific concrete steps each week in order to work towards finding and connecting to your inner most desires and sense of purpose. She ended each week with a lovely iRest Nidra practice that left me feeling relaxed, peaceful and a sense of gratitude, even in these difficult times. I found my sleep improved and anxiety decreased. I felt I could access more hope and sense of possibility. With the many resources Jen gave us , I have found I am able to find a more consistent practice. Jen’s knowledge, content, teaching style and recorded Nidra practices gives you all of the tools needed to access a meditation practice. Best of all, Jen’s ability to share all of these tools with a kind, giving and authentic presence is what makes this course so valuable to me. I highly recommend this course, especially if you have had difficulty maintaining a meditation practice.
Julie Wojcicki
The Nidra workshop is a great addition to Jen's offerings. I first experienced Nidra as part of her 75-minute flow + guided meditation, but since COVID has descended on our lives I have found that the structure provided by the workshop has been very helpful in quieting monkeys in the brain. When I awake in the middle of the night with vague spectral fears and find it hard to get back to sleep, I merely take a deep breath and work through the Nidra paces, and soon am back in slumber.
Mark Clarke
While I have benefitted enormously from the movement, balance, and flexibility of the yoga classes I have taken from Jen, the iRest series added a whole new dimension. This deeper dive into meditation added whole new layers to my thinking and yoga practice. The increased awareness I gain from phases of iRest such as identifying and drawing on my inner resources, the easy and natural connections to previous yoga practices of the body sensing phase, and recognizing and appreciating the power of opposites in feelings and emotions has altered my thinking in new and positive ways.
Jan M.
I loved the yoga nidra course. Jen did a wonderful job teaching deep, sometimes challenging, content in a fun & personal way. I appreciate how the course is sequential, adding on a bit more each week. It provided opportunity to process, implement & grow each week. Thank you Jen!
Jen Walcher
Jen has a gift for sharing the principles of yoga (nidra) and making them easy to understand and apply in day to day life when they are most needed. This course feels like a weekly journey inward, to connect with and amplify that inner voice. I really noticed the lasting affects of this beautiful practice. The benefits have showed up for me in every day life, especially emotionally charged situations.

The yoga Nidra course provided me with a deep sense of calm & clarity, a toolbox fool of tools to help me return to my inner resource, despite external circumstances. It also provided a weekly dose of self-love and self-care that helped me better show up in life for myself and for others. Yoga Nidra is the most medicinal form of yoga I have ever practiced.
Sarah
Jen delivers outstanding online courses in a professional and intimate way. She has a way of getting past the screen and engaging with her students in a way that feels comfortable and real. Her passion and knowledge of the material she teaches shows. I highly recommend working with Jen!
Christine Carr
I started taking yoga nidra 10 years ago with a yoga teacher whom I truly loved. My yoga teacher at that time started offering yoga nidra. I immediately signed up, as I was exploring what strategies I could find to help me reduce my stress. My experience was one of total relaxation, calm and restoration. My teacher left town and was I ever left with a void...both in restorative yoga and yoga nidra. A few years ago, by chance (nothing is ever by chance :), I started taking yoga at a new studio. I specifically looked for a yoga teacher who understood yoga from a restorative, healthy,and injury recovery perspective. Jen popped up on my list of potential classes. Her background as a PT was so very beneficial for me because of my back and knee problems. Jen helped modify my yoga routine as I attended her live classes. Then Jen started offering yoga nidra classes. What a gift! I am currently taking Jen's on-line yoga classes during the pandemic as well as yoga nidra workshops. My gratitude to you, Jen, for your compassionate teaching and listening. Your work has made a huge difference for me, especially during this pandemic time of stress and perceived separation.
Lynn H.