Therapeutic Yoga sessions are designed to develop a personalized set of practices to address your individual needs. Sessions range from addressing the physical realms of building strength, addressing core stability and addressing imbalances –to cultivating more subtle practices that promote mindfulness, thus calming and balancing both the body and emotions.
Sessions are entirely individualized, and are shaped according to your needs and goals. Specialized sessions are available for women working with fertility issues, women in the midst of pregnancy, and for women who are postpartum with baby in arms.
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
The format of a private session of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation allows for deep inquiry, profound healing, and spontaneous, profound insight. This form of therapeutic meditation allows the student to explore present-moment experience while attention is held through a series of inquiries and questions to deepen the engagement within this body-centered meditation.
People come to this individualized form of co-meditation for many reasons and from many contexts… and discover the potential of this therapeutic meditation to not only heal and restore innate balance, but to awaken the practitioner to an unshakeable sense of wellbeing.
Private Childbirth Preparation
Whereas most classes focus on the environment around birthing Mama and the technical aspects of childbirth, these sessions and this approach focuses specifically on developing practical tools and internal coping strategies for the expectant mother, or for both parents together, in order to cultivate a conscious and positive childbirth experience for all.
The emphasis is on learning and practicing breathing techniques for labour, positions and movements that will facilitate the body’s work, and essential internal meditative coping techniques to meet challenge with grace. Sessions for couples empower birth partners to not just feel useful, but to confidently and effectively step into their essential role of birth support.
Length of sessions depends on previous education. If you are expecting your first child, and you have not taken childbirth education courses before, the minimum length of your private course would be 3.5 - 4 hours . This time may be decreased depending on your background, or increased depending on your needs.
Clearlight offers private sessions in NDG/Westmount and on the West Island, and will occasionally meet in the privacy of your own home.
Clearlight Gerald, (MA, E-RYT500, RPYT) is a trained specialist in the application of iRest Meditation and Yoga to the context of infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, and to the postpartum period. Clearlight draws from two decades of experience teaching and guiding expectant and new mothers - and is a senior iRest teacher, mentor and program leader, a professional-level certified yoga teacher and pregnancy yoga teacher, as well as a trained birth doula. She has guided thousands of women and new parents in the context of private sessions and group classes.
Her individualized sessions focus on meditation and yoga, and allow for the development of personalized strategies and practices to help reduce stress, minimize suffering and improve overall wellbeing, as well as providing an opportunity for meditative inquiry and bring perspective, clarity and insight.
Clearlight also meets with women who, while in the care of a psychologist or psychiatrist, are also seeking to complement and support their therapeutic work by building a repertoire of mindfulness-based tools and strategies.
The foundation of Clearlight’s approach is the iRest Yoga Nidra program, a body-centered form of meditative inquiry developed by her longtime teacher and mentor, Dr. Richard Miller.
Scheduling and Fees
Please contact Clearlight in regards to scheduling and fees, and for any questions you may have.