Experience Yoga Nidra
The ultimate stress-reduction technique
The effects of accumulated stress on the body is something that endangers all of us today. Yoga Nidra is a profoundly healing, transformative practice in which we learn to
deeply relax on every level of our being.
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. However, the yogi’s definition of sleep is not as we understand it. Ordinary sleep occurs when we are unconscious. It rejuvenates the body and may or may not refresh the mind. It doesn’t necessarily relax the body. Consider how many people grind their teeth at night. However there is a moment just prior to falling asleep (and again just prior to waking) when the brain is operating in the alpha wave state. For these short moments the body does indeed become totally and completely relaxed, in fact we are nearly paralyzed. If we could be conscious during these few moments (and we’re usually not) they would feel like ‘bliss’. Yoga Nidra seeks to recreate this blissful state and keep you consciously aware at the same time. You are neither asleep or awake….a paradoxical state that balances out our deepest self.
During yoga nidra long held tensions (in the body and the mind) are released. Creativity is enhanced, vitality is stimulated, and the ability to manifest our highest potential becomes possible. Time stops when we experience the alpha wave frequency, and this in itself allows the body to let go of tension. In fact, one hour of Yoga Nidra is more restful as four hours of regular sleep.
Research also shows that yoga nidra, used as a therapeutic technique,can bring about significant changes with psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, hostility, insomnia etc. and psychosomatic diseases like asthma, coronary heart disease, cancer, hypertension etc. In our present modern lifestyle, where psychological and psychosomatic problems are on the rise, the technique of yoga nidra may serve as a safe and easy practice to promote health and wellness for all.
For those on a spiritual path, yoga nidra helps us to release karmic residue. The yogi’s believe that our unconscious minds hold all of the unresolved patterns from past lives. These patterns affect our self-concepts, personal biases & belief systems creating a distorted view of ‘who we really are’. When the physical, energy, mental & emotional bodies are in synergy then a state of wholeness or unity is created bringing an expanded sense of self. Yoga Nidra can create a paradigm shift by bypassing the linear, logical approach thereby becoming a powerful tool to eliminate karmic stress along with unconscious fears, beliefs and habits.
Stay tuned for the next Yoga Nidra workshop.