The stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis is already taking its toll on many, resulting in higher rates of anxiety and insomnia. To help Cayman’s residents breathe and rest easier, yoga teacher Mirabelle D’Cunha will offer weekly, guided meditations for deep rest and relaxation on the Cayman Compass Facebook page.
D’Cunha, originally from India, specialises in yoga nidra, a practice aimed at reducing the effects of insomnia, anxiety, pain and PTSD, along with other health conditions, through deep relaxation.
“Yoga nidra is a need for this time and the purpose of this series is to make it available to everyone. It is so simple to do, needs no flexibility, no special equipment, is not contraindicated for any pre-existing condition, has no religious affiliation and is really suited to everyone,” D’Cunha said.
The technique aims to promote deep sleep, reduce blood pressure, increase heart rate variability and take the brain into deep alpha states, she explained.
D’Cunha holds a two-year diploma in yoga and yoga philosophy from Mumbai University and has taught meditation in Cayman, the US, the Bahamas, Bermuda and India.
To join her guided yoga nidra sessions for deep sleep, visit the Cayman Compass Facebook page on Wednesdays at 9pm. No experience or equipment – other than a comfortable space to snooze – are needed for the sessions.