The only thing standing in the way of learning new information is your own mind, the neural network that acts to filter and assimilate new information based on what you’ve already learned. By learning how to still the mind one gains the ability to listen and receive new information from an unbiased and unfiltered state of mind, like the spongy curious brain of a child.
Yoga Nidra, the practice of conscious sleep, is a practice of navigating the various states of awareness so that full, conscious control over the ways in which we perceive and interact with reality can be realized. Yoga Nidra teaches the individual to move beyond the mind, to a space of stillness where new seeds of knowledge can be planted deep within the mind and effortlessly grow to reprogram existing neural connections. Through this practice, anything can be quickly learned and assimilated while simultaneously releasing stress and tension from the body, which often acts as a distraction to learning.
I have decided to start tapping into this potential by embedding ancient spiritual teachings into Yoga Nidra sessions. In this way, the wisdom found in these texts can be perceived and experienced directly, without interference of the mind. The learning process can be sped up and interacted with further by reviewing the texts in a normal waking state, just before bed and first thing after waking. The more you visit the texts, the faster and more fully they will be integrated into your being, however, a daily Yoga Nidra practice is sufficient for shaping your mind to align with the wisdom found in ancient spiritual teachings.
I have started recording a series that incorporates the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and also plan to work with the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao te Ching in this way, but if you have any other requests, please leave a comment or email me! I also offer tutoring through Yoga Nidra… anything you want to learn and know deeply can be inserted into a Nidra session. All you need is good notes or selected text that can be read aloud. Your session will be recorded so that you can practice at home whenever is convenient for you and revisit it as often as you’d like. The more you listen, the more ingrained the information will become.
It’s as easy as taking a nap!
Email Dana Ripley and firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on your own custom Nidra learning program.
The recording below reads from Book One of the Yoga Sutras, and beautifully explains what Yoga is really all about. The other three books will be available soon, so be sure to follow our blog for updates!
Rest well, learn freely, and may you move towards self actualization with a sense of ease and effortlessness.
LISTEN HERE: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Book One