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Honoring World Mental Health Day with a 20 minute ‘Felt Sense’ Yoga Nidra Meditation

Updated: Oct 11, 2022

Today I’d like to honor World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10, 2022) by bringing you a 20 minute ‘Felt Sense’ Yoga Nidra Meditation.

Felt sense is a concept that describes the internal bodily awareness that arises when we connect with the body's intelligence through sensations in the present moment. It is not a mental experience but a physical one. The ‘Felt’ experience is present even before we have the words to describe the feeling, before we can even express it in language.

Eugene Gendlin, the philosopher and psychologist who coined the term, felt sense describes it this way:

“A felt sense is not a mental experience but a physical one. Physical. A bodily awareness of a situation or person or event. An internal aura that encompasses everything you feel and know about the given subject at a given time—encompasses it and communicates it to you all at once rather than detail by detail. Think of it as a taste, if you like, or a great musical chord that makes you feel a powerful impact, a big round unclear feeling.”

Experiencing felt sense can be cultivated through meditative practices and therapies that focus on developing a certain kind of awareness and attention. The process is beneficial for alleviating stress and healing trauma.

Enjoy today’s Yoga Nidra Meditation!

As a certified yoga instructor and reiki therapist based in Seattle, I like to blend a variety of techniques into my practice to ensure that your body feels healthy, strong and balanced. I teach group in-person classes, live virtual group classes and also offer custom private or group sessions on a by request basis. Click Here for Details


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