Whitney Davidson will speak at the Feb. 15 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. Her topic will be “Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep.”

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, one-half mile north of U.S. Highway 98. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is an immensely powerful meditation technique and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. Yoga Nidra brings people into a state of deep relaxation and then allows them to become increasingly aware of their body and inner world. While they rest comfortably on the floor (or in a seated position), a guided meditation will take them through the six layers of self, leaving them with a sense of wholeness. Please bring a blanket and/or yoga mat, along with any other props you may like for comfort (eye pillow, bolster, etc.).

Although Davidson was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child, it wasn’t until her 20s that she discovered yoga could help alleviate back pain and poor posture. She has practiced yoga for close to 20 years and has fallen in love with the mindfulness of yoga. Because of her experience, she teaches from a deeply inspired heart and mind.

In 2011 Davidson formally received the five Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh and received her Dharma Name: Clear Water of the Heart. She believes yoga is for everyone and should be made accessible to all. Because of this, her mission is to maintain a safe and sacred environment for physical and spiritual growth for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. To accomplish this, she brings a sense of compassion and understanding for each student’s individuality to her classes, which focus on unifying the mind and body while strengthening both.