On Saturday March 21, I lead a Yoga Nidra meditation, at Yoga East. I had about 15 participants, some knew about Yoga Nidra, some were new to the practice. Some brought their own blankets and pillows for comfort; some just used what the studio provided but everyone came to de-stress. Yoga East is such a calm space to begin with, with its bamboo floors, pale green walls and a welcoming atmosphere, that it didn’t take much coaxing for everyone to settle in. With bolsters under their knees and blankets to keep them from getting chilled, they all looked very comfortable.
If you aren’t familiar with yoga nidra, let me give you a little background. Yoga Nidra translates “Yogic Sleep”, but it isn’t sleeping. It’s a deep meditative state that allows the body to heal its self on a cellular level. Nidra is one method of Pratyahara, the 5th limb of yoga and the gradually withdrawal of your senses.
Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity to the mind & body, it also induces deep physical, emotional and mental relaxation. Yoga Nidra takes us through the many layers of awareness, down through the levels of consciousness and into our sub-conscience. In Yoga Nidra our brain moves beyond sleep & dreaming accessing the healing Theta waves & the restorative Delta waves, you are deeply relaxed and yet still in a state of awareness. It is deeply restorative and allows the body to completely de-stress.
I recorded the session, so if you‘d like to join us please make your self comfortable by coming into savasana. Cover yourself with a blanket and place a bolster or pillows under your knees this will help your hips and lower back to be comfortable. This recording is about 35 minutes long, so allow yourself plenty of time. Give up any expectations of what you will experience in Yoga Nidra, and simply allow yourself the opportunity to relax. Relaxing takes practice, so meditate often and use this audio whenever you like.
I made the choice to have it hosted on YouTube, since YouTube is a video site, I had to make a video for it. So I just grabbed some flower pictures from our garden last year and some snowy pictures from last winter and made a slide show. The picture quality isn’t the best and this is my first attempt at a YouTube video. Since I plan on uploading audio podcasts of live classes & workshops I’m going to research other hosting & posting options. I promise to get better 🙂
But hey, don’t worry about what it looks like just close your eyes put your head phones on and kick back.