Yoga Nidra the yogic sleep. Is not sleeping at all it is a meditation practice where you go past the "dreaming state" into the brain wave state of "deep sleep", yet remain awake. A state of awareness that can have a tremendous soothing effect on the mind by freeing it from unresolved tensions that have been stored in the body/mind. In ordinary sleep tensions are often unresolved and pushed down deeper into the self sometimes manifesting dis-ease of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga Nidra, however, is a different method of meditation and state of mind in that it works on the states of mind that actually create and sustain inner conflict. It is a place where burdens can be let go and old stories that loop through the mind can be released. Unlike sleep in yoga nidra you are in charge of your experience.
In our studio before the yoga nidra session you will be taught how to set a mental resolve known as a Sankalpa in yoga nidra. Sankalpa’s can be very powerful and effective to enhance life’s changes. Sankalpa’s can be many things but stated with awareness and being spoken from the heart the universe hears these heart felt words and life responds. If your Sankalpa does not spring from your heart right away, not to worry we have some suggestions you can choose from until your personal Sankalpa becomes clear. The practice of Yoga Nidra is like planting a seed, watering it, loving it and soon the practice takes root and grows into a beautiful part of your life. Allowing you to grow and bloom into your unique magnificence. The practice enhances any meditation practice as well as any mind body practices you may already have in your life.
The basics of a yoga nidra practice:
- Lie down in Savasana, making sure you are very comfortable.
- Breath awareness, following the breath moving in the body.
- Repeat your Sankalpa your resolve mentally three times with feeling and awareness.
- The yoga nidra facilitator will begin a rotation of awareness through the body. Naming parts of the body as you draw your attention to it. Example: Draw your attention to your right hand, right hand thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, little finger… etc.
- The nidra then progresses into a guided imagery of some sort.
- Ending with repeating your Sankalpa once more mentally 3 times with feeling and awareness.
Come join us if you have any questions please call the teacher listed as the Yoga Nidra facilitator and she will be happy to answer any of your questions.