Experience Bliss in all layers of your being. Set your intention
and become a creator of your life. This technique takes you deeply into
your subconscious so you can create and design the new you with visualization
and emotional intention.
Designed to be implemented
after an abbreviated yoga practice, yoga nidra is a guided meditation that is
practiced in Savasana. In Sanskrit nidra means sleep. In yoga nidra,
it is a state between sleep and dream also known as the hypnagogic state.
We generally pass through this state before sleep for no longer than five
minutes. Characterized by alpha brain wave frequency of 7-12c.p.s. Yoga
nidra trains us to lengthen the time we spend in this state. In this
threshold of consciousness we have the ability to tap into the sub and
unconscious, both of which govern our behavior.
Yoga nidra is derived from an
ancient Tantric technique called nyasa. Nysasa, practitioners would hold
awareness on particular parts of the body for prolonged periods of time to bring
heightened consciousness to the body. Yoga nidra nysasa, is used to rotate
awareness through the body, to both relax it and bring consciousness. Once
deeply relaxed, pairing of opposites and visualizations are used specifically to
clear the subconscious and unconscious blocks/resistances and limiting
beliefs. This deeper relaxation, creates greater receptivity to first cleanse
and purify and then to develop and enhance memory, increase knowledge and
creativity; to transform one’s nature.
Most of us are habitually tense, and we lack awareness of our own inner
tensions. Even when we sleep our thought and worries continue to play out
in our minds. We all know that feeling of waking up exhausted. To
truly relax we need to release these inner tensions which govern our
Yoga Nidra benefits:
Physical/ muscular tension which accumulate in the body, nervous system and endocrine
system, are released through the rotation of consciousness through the
Emotional tensions caused by
dualities in our lives: love/hate, success/failure, happiness/unhappiness.
These emotionally charged states are more difficult to remain centered and calm in.
Through the pairing of opposites such as heavy/light, hot/cold/ happy/sad, we balance the left and right side of
the brain tapping into resources of creativity and problem solving solutions.
Mental tensions accumulated from stress, trauma, injury, or over active thinking.
Often when we think we’re angry we presume it has to do with
our external circumstances but more often it has to do with past impressions
from experiences(of which we have forgotten or have little or no awareness) they
are held in the sub and unconscious mind. In yoga nidra we release this
mental tension through rapid visualizations.
By penetrating deeper recesses of mind we
can release these blocks, and resistances thereby opening consciousness to
receptivity of higher knowledge and enhanced learning abilities.
9 steps of Yoga Nidra
1. Ekagrata (one pointed focus)
We plant an image on the screen of
the mind anchoring the mind.
2. Asana with nyasa-
Releases tension from physical body
including breath, muscles and joints (every joint is a chakra)
Releases energetic blocks in body to allow energy to move more
Mind becomes less reactive
Creates new neural pathways
Combined with nyasa: focuses mind.
3. Pratyhara letting mind move from sound to sound externally and
draws senses inward, separating
consciousness from body
4. Rotation of awareness through body
clears conscious mind
relaxes physical body.
5. Nirodha- Counting breath
backward from 11 to 1 or 54 to 1
deprograms the mind
brings mind into the present moment
6. Pairing of Opposites hot/cold,
clears sub/unconscious mind
releases emotional tension
7. Rapid Visualization
– fast moving visuals
clears sub/unconscious mind
relaxes mind purging it of painful memories
develops awareness of the big self
induces mental relaxation.
8. Long Visualization which expands awareness
Frees one of being trapped from boundaries of time and form (maya)
9. Samkalpa –is the resolve, determination and good intention that
resonates precisely in your core and aligns with your essence. It is fluid
enough to insinuate itself through the semi conscious patterns of self sabotage,
wounded self's objections and ego discontent. It is a will power that
is flexible enough to account for changing circumstances as the sankalpa begins
to manifest in your inner and outer world. Yet it is precise enough not to be
diverted by the core negative beliefs that stand against it.