Stillness as Medicine.
Immediate affects of Yoga Nidra:
Quickly enter a state of rest and relaxation
Return the nervous system into the parasympathetic state
Quiet the mind
Give the body some dedicated time to heal and rejuvenate itself
With continued practice, lasting effects may include:
greater self-awareness, fluid creativity, insights to one’s own purpose or calling,
the ability to self-regulate and reprogram body and mind,
and a deeper connection to one’s own experience of God/Source/Truth
Yoga Nidra is BOTH a practice and a state of awareness. In the practice, one is guided through a variety of relaxation techniques in order to systematically slow down the mind. As the mind comes to settle, the body is freed to channel all of its energy towards healing itself in whatever way is needed. So long as the mind is active, the state of Yoga Nidra is inaccessible. This is why the guidance of a voice is helpful. So long as we remain in a state of listening, we obstruct the process of thinking.
The state of Yoga Nidra may be experienced in any position at any time, but in the practice, it is recommended to lay down flat on the floor or earth so that the body can surrender fully into relaxation, with gravity and a flat surface supporting physical balance. However, the most important thing you can do, is to make yourself comfortable. So, if you need to sit in a chair, recliner, or lay on a bed, that is perfectly fine. Just do your best to keep the spine straight and long.
If available in your area, we recommend listening to Yoga Nidra in sensory deprivation tank, or “float tank,” as well. Google ‘float centers near me’ to learn more and find a place to float.
If you are laying on the floor, you can lay on top of a couple blankets for extra cushion.
Feel free to use a pillow under the head and a bolster or pillow under the knees to relieve any discomfort in the low back.
Since the body temperature does drop in Yoga Nidra, it may also be beneficial to use a blanket on top of the body as well.
Try out different set ups and see what works best for you!
If you have a hard time staying awake during the practice, try staying in an upright seated position or do some slow walking or asanas.
Spontaneous insights, healing, realizations, and visionary states may occur, just as they do through the process of sleep. Remember that whatever does arise, is exactly what you need to heal and release here and now.
No effort or experience is required. Just relax, listen, and settle into the heart as you watch body and mind dissolve into a sense of spacious peace and well being.
You may stop the practice at any time, and come back to it at any time. Unlike hypnosis, you remain in full control throughout the entire experience.
With continued time and practice, one learns to enter and remain in the state of Yoga Nidra, without the guidance of a teacher.
Because we believe that all beings have the right to learn how to navigate and self-regulate the subtle layers of their own body, mind, and soul, we freely share Yoga Nidra, Soundscape Meditations, and Yoga Playlists for your home practice Here ❤
A new Yoga Nidra practice is posted on Dana’s SoundCloud every Sunday at 10am.
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