THE DARE TO REST
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra meditation is “yogic sleep.” Through a series of guided instructions, the body is led into a state of supreme relaxation where the unconscious mind awaken, opening the potential for deep healing and creative energy to flow. You get to lie the whole time. Initially, Yoga Nidra feels like a really nourishing nap, and ultimately the intention of Yoga Nidra is to liberate a person from suffering.
Forty-five minutes of Yoga Nidra meditation feels like three hours of sleep in the body.
Why Yoga Nidra:
To reduce tension and stress. With todays connected society we are constantly bombarded with stimulus and impulses, which can easily put us in to a state of tension – muscular, emotional, and nervous tension. There are always more things to do than there is time or energy for, putting our minds in to a constant state of arousal. In Yoga Nidra the mind is relaxed though conscious breathing and body awareness to release this tension. Through regular practice of Yoga Nidra tension at the physical, emotional and mental level can be reduced.
To relaxes and train the mind. The unconscious mind thinks in symbols and abstractions. During the Yoga Nidra meditation we create deep heartfelt intentions and plant it in to the unconscious mind during the state of deep relaxation.
To improves sleep and reduce insomnia. Yoga Nidra takes you in to a deep relaxation and trains your mind to and body to move more easily in to the deeper sleep. As a menopausal women with bouts of insomnia, Yoga Nidra has been invaluable in bringing restful sleep.
To clear out unconscious conflicts. When growing up we suppress parts of who we are, our wishes, desires, or perceived faults, in order to fit in to our family, culture and society. This often leads to unconscious conflict as our deeper desires wants to be expresses and as our shadows starts to become more bothersome. During Yoga Nidra Meditation the practice of visualization brings the unconscious repressed desires, experiences, shadows to the conscious level to be cleared.
Awakens creativity. When the mind is totally relaxed, the awareness slowly enters the deeper realms of our unconscious mind and you become more aware of your creative and intuitive mind. Regular practice of Yoga Nidra helps making a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind, and awakens your creativity.
Enhances memory and learning capacity. When Yoga Nidra meditation is used in learning, both hemispheres of the brain are involved in learning the subject. In this way, the practice of Yoga Nidra meditation involves the total mind in learning.
The Yoga Nidra journey offers an opportunity to take off your protective layers– it is like a cleansing of your body, mind, and spirit– and when the protection comes off you no longer need to hide from who you are. When you show up in your own skin, the light of who you are can shine through and all issues around you blow right through you without gripping you. So instead of being triggered by issues around you and loose your way in the world, Yoga Nidra helps you remember who you are, and free you up to live in your fullness of your expression.