Updated: May 29, 2020
What does Yoga NIDRA mean? Nidra means “sleep” or “changing states of consciousness”, and in the context of Yoga Nidra, it refers to your capacity to abide knowingly as a nondual, unchanging, and wakeful presence in the midst of the changing circumstances of your life.
Form of Self Inquiry Yoga Nidra is a yogic technique that helps you investigate all that you take yourself to be - body, senses and mind. Into the Deep
Described as “dynamic sleep,” the Yoga Nidra practice allows the body to deeply relax while the mind stays inwardly alert.
Nidra prompts you to inquire:
Am I my body?
Am I my thoughts?
Who am I?
These inquiries reveal the changing nature of what you perceive as solid reality, but which is, in fact, constantly changing. It reveals to you that everything about your body, emotions, thoughts and the world are constantly in flux.
Yoga Nidra guides you to inquire into the “I” who is registering the fact that everything is changing - who is it that is witnessing this smorgasbord of changing phenomena?
Through these experiments into the nature of who and what you are, you become less swayed by, or identified with, any thought, belief, emotion, sensation, image or experience. Instead, you witness these changing phenomena without judgement, and without grasping them or pushing them away. As a result, your habitual ways of reacting to things in life are then replaced by unshakable equanimity, even in the midst of change and uncertainty.
I strongly believe ALL people NEED yoga NIDRA in their lives today! Society is struggling with insomnia on a grand scale. There are more and more people being prescribed pharmaceutical medications to help them sleep. See my next blog re “5 Benefits of Sleeping”.
Join me every Sunday 4-5pm (MST) for a healing and restorative yoga Nidra practice.