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The Sunday Sanctuary

Every Sunday, for the next few months, I will be sharing a video on the Ailsa Burns YouTube channel at 8am (UK time).  For half an hour, each week, I will be creating and holding space for you to relax, unwind and rest.  I will be sharing yoga classes and Yoga Nidra as well as inspirational and thoughtful videos that explore yoga, well-being, and the bigger questions about life.  My hope is that this space adds ritual and rhythm to your week and helps you to greet yourself with kindness, compassion, and gentleness.  The Sunday Sanctuary is your weekly haven of peace and tranquility in a turbulent world.  As an Air or Ether Element Patron, you also get access to these weekly videos on this page.  You can join in the conversation in the YouTube video comments via a link in the video description.

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The Sunday Sanctuary: 30th January 2022
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The Sunday Sanctuary: 30th January 2022

Yoga Nidra Sankalpa (or intention) Explained. In this video, I demonstrate what a Sankalpa (or intention) is, especially related to a Yoga Nidra practice. I also show you how you can create your own Sankalpa and when you can use your intention in your yoga, Yoga Nidra and meditation practice. Sankalpa is the Sanskrit word for intention-setting. Sankalpa means an intention formed by the heart and mind - a solemn vow, determination, or will, a one-pointed resolve to focus both psychologically and philosophically on a specific theme. In every Yoga Nidra and sometimes at the beginning of a yoga class, you are invited to work with a Sankalpa. This intention is intended to be a reminder of why you practise yoga, meditation and/or Yoga Nidra and acts as a tool to help you remain present in your practice. Intentions aim to create focus, determination, motivation, patience, and perseverance. The practice of using an intention during yoga, meditation and Yoga Nidra can offer profound transformation for both your internal landscape and external life. The practice allows you to greet yourself with kindness, compassion, gentleness and in a non-judgemental way. I hope you enjoy learning more about Yoga Nidra Sankalpa or intention-setting! ๐Ÿ™ You can watch the introduction to The Sunday Sanctuary here ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/iHt5gozovdc ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’  0:00 introduction 1:37 what is a Sankalpa? 4:18 how to create your own Sankalpa 9:42 when to use your Sankalpa? 11:00 conclusion 12:00 my question to you 14:07 thank you to my patrons ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’  You can join in the conversation in the comments of the YouTube video ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/6XVnvvy7AYc
The Sunday Sanctuary: 13th February 2022
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The Sunday Sanctuary: 13th February 2022

๐Ÿ“ SIGN UP to my email newsletter ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2PXj7LF If you attend yoga classes regularly, you might have experienced a form of guided meditation that encourages you to sense each part of your body whilst lying down in Savasana. This is, in fact, a Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation that leads you into the healing and deeply restful state between waking and sleeping. Yoga Nidra is practised lying down, you can even practise Yoga Nidra from the comfort of your bed or the sofa. This form of guided meditation is completely passive and effortless; you aren't trying to achieve anything or move the body into a specific pose or the mind into a specific state. It can be a different experience each time you practise and factors such as the length of the Yoga Nidra (it can range from 5 minutes to a full hour) and the cues that your teacher uses will impact your experience. Yoga Nidra creates space for you to explore different states of consciousness and comprises of body and breath awareness techniques. Yoga Nidra has powerful potential for rest and relaxation as well as profound transformation. I thought it would be useful and interesting to share some of the benefits that Yoga Nidra can offer you. You can watch the introduction to The Sunday Sanctuary here ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/iHt5gozovdc How To Do Yoga Nidra ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/7wx6qSidN3Q Yoga Nidra Explained ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/F3Sj5qr8MIg Sankalpa Explained ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/6XVnvvy7AYc ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’  Join in the conversation in the comments on YouTube ๐Ÿ‘‰https://youtu.be/3ydiEOGCbIE ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’  0:00 introduction 1:45 benefit no. 1 3:25 benefit no. 2 5:25 benefit no. 3 7:25 benefit no. 4 9:02 benefit no. 5 13:23 conclusion 14:27 my question to you 15:50 thank you to my patrons ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ 
The Sunday Sanctuary: 6th March 2022
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The Sunday Sanctuary: 6th March 2022

Elemental Yoga Explained. I love to sequence classes themed around the elements. Not only is it a nice way to remind ourselves of our connection to nature but there is also a significance in yogic philosophy. In yogic teachings, there are five elements in nature; earth, water, fire, air, and ether (or space) and they are each linked to five of the seven chakras. The chakras are the energy centres in the body and are associated with states of consciousness, physical areas of the body and aspects of our lives. The lower chakras are associated with more practical matters in our lives such as survival, movement, and action whereas the higher chakras are associated with the mind and more symbolic concepts. Whether you take the idea of the chakras metaphorically or literally, aligning your yoga practice with the elements is a lovely way to be more reflective about yourself and your life in a comprehensive way. If you are practising at home, you could even close your yoga practice by journaling on the concepts of one element and/or chakra and how it relates to your life. In this video, I will give you a brief overview of each element and its related chakra. I hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™ You can watch the introduction to The Sunday Sanctuary here ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/iHt5gozovdc ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’  Join in the conversation in the comments on YouTube ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/pFpo-6Ra2T0 ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’  0:00 introduction 1:56 element no. 1 3:08 element no. 2 4:09 element no. 3 5:38 element no. 4 6:53 element no. 5 8:50 conclusion 11:37 my question to you 12:18 thank you to my patrons ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ 
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