yoga nidrā

Yoga nidrā is the state of yogic sleep; a sleep whilst awake. This state can be reached through guided awareness practices and I believe it to be one of the greatest gifts of yoga to the West, with a whole host of benefits. There has been a great deal of recent research into the effects of the practice, with nearly 50 research papers are available for download here.

 

Sleep is incredibly important and healing, yet for various reasons most of us don't get enough of it. This practice has a huge number of benefits, just like sleep. This is why it is such a gift.

Truly accessible for anyone and everyone!

I share these offerings with the upmost love and gratitude to my yoga nidrā teachers:

Kaya Mindlin

Swami Yogaratna

about

Yoga nidrā is translated as yogic sleep, so is a state, rather than a practice. The practice itself can be described as 'guided awareness', using a variety of methods including relaxation techniques, rotations of consciousness, visualisations and awareness techniques. Nidrā is first written about in a purānic story, as the Goddess of sleep, residing in the hearts of lazy students not interested in the acquisition of knowledge.

Nowadays, this Tantric technique of guided awareness gives us that knowledge and healing!

As my yoga nidrā teacher- Kaya Mindlin- states

 

'Yoga nidrā is traditionally for the purpose of investigating and resolving the {problematic} deep impressions or samskaras, which drive our tendencies or actions. In this state, one can resolve the problematic unseeable factors that block us from Self knowledge. In this way, you make the mind and life more available for Self knowledge.'

If we delve a little deeper. Let's think first of how CBT works. Created by Beck, it works on the 'hot-cross bun model as shown below.

about

Yoga nidrā is translated as yogic sleep, so is a state, rather than a practice. The practice itself can be described as 'guided awareness', using a variety of methods including relaxation techniques, rotations of consciousness, visualisations and awareness techniques. Nidrā is first written about in a purānic story, as the Goddess of sleep, residing in the hearts of lazy students not interested in the acquisition of knowledge.

Nowadays, this Tantric technique of guided awareness gives us that knowledge and healing!

If we delve a little deeper. Let's think first of how the Western therapy- CBT- works. Created by Beck, it works on the 'hot-cross bun model as shown below. They also work with what is called a 'hot thought'- the underlying reoccurring thought behind behaviours, thoughts etc. CBT then attempts to change this 'hot thought' through various methods.

Yoga sees things slightly differently. This 'hot thought' is still part of what is called our vṛtti, and problematic. You can remove the hot thought but the root cause is still there- our samskāras or deep lying impressions. In other words, this will still show through in other ways in our life. Yoga nidrā cuts straight to the causes.

As my yoga nidrā teacher- Kaya Mindlin- states

 

"Yoga nidrā is traditionally for the purpose of investigating and resolving the {problematic} deep impressions or samskāras, which drive our tendencies or actions. In this state, one can resolve the problematic unseeable factors that block us from Self knowledge. In this way, you make the mind and life more available for Self knowledge."

This is why in the practice we work with a sankalpa or heart's desire. It is not a desire such as a new car. Your heart desires to be free and healed! It is a universal truth used overcome your samskāras.

benefits

The benefits you experience will be unique, and may vary each time with the practice. These are just from the practice of guided awareness, with the state of yoga nidrā giving even more than listed here.

  • Deep rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and replenishment

  • Easing of tension and/or pain

  • Increase of energy and bliss

  • Assists in cellular nutrition

  • Removes cellular waste

  • General health improvement

  • Reduces/resolves insomnia

  • Antidote to lost sleep

  • Improves quality of sleep

  • Quietens the mind

  • Benefits all layers of your being

  • Anyone can practice

  • Increases benefits of other aspects of yoga

  • Increased awareness

  • May end in your chidākāsha, and help to resolve samskāras or deep problematic impressions

 

tips

The practice is suitable for all, and with these tips you may be able to deepen your practice.

  • Usually performed in śavāsana position (lying on your back), try having the knees elevated. This could be on a bolster, or with cushions, but even better with the calves up on a chair.

  • If you have difficulty getting up from the floor you can practice in a chair.

  • If pregnant lie on your side in a supported position.

  • Have cushioning under the head.

  • Keep a little distance between the legs. Do not cross them as this can effect circulation.

  • Rest the arms a little away from the body, or rest them on the body, without interlacing fingers.

  • Try not to eat directly before the practice as it may induce sleep.

  • It can be done any time of day but it is said to be beneficial to do so when the brain is in the most balanced (between the hemispheres) state: between 4-6am, midday, 6pm and midnight.

  • Do not have any expectations each time you practice.

  • Choose a suitable environment away from distractions and when you are not due to do something immediately after.

  • Let whatever occurs, occur. You are safe throughout.

 

free recordings

Take the time out of the day for yourself, follow the tips and reap all the rewards of this practice.

 
 

personalised yoga nidrā

As with all practices of yoga, in order to really get the full benefits, yoga nidrā should be tailored to the student. The sankalpa is an incredibly powerful tool, but its full healing power appears when it is matched to our samskāras or deep impressions/wounds. This is highly difficult to achieve in a group class or online recording.

Yoga nidrā takes you to the screen of your conscious AND sub-conscious mind- the chidākāsha. This is the place usually reserved for the dreaming state, and so can sometimes be confusing. Many questions can arise after yoga nidrā and nobody to ask.

The subtle knowing that 'this is for me' and not something generic can deepen the effects. Simply hearing our name can totally change our experience. Perhaps it's a period in your life where you need a very particular practice to assist you, for example in grieving.

There are many aspects to the practice, and some working better than others for you. For example you may benefit from background noise/music, or maybe prefer silence. And all this can also change over time as yoga nidrā does it's healing work. The ideal yoga nidrā for you can be ever changing and evolving..

1 hour meet online or in person

Reach a deeper understanding

To tailor the most effective practice for you requires you to be truly heard and fully understoodi This is a whole body communication, so either a video call or in-person if local to Brighton & Hove.

As well as getting to what you really need, we will fine-tune the practice, discovering what has been working well, and what has been less effective. Just like ourselves, this is an ever-changing process.

The meet up is also a chance to help you reach deeper understanding, answering any questions you may have. A deeper understanding enriches your relationship to the practice.

Up to 45 minute personalised recording

Reach deeper levels of healing and relaxation

A high-quality recording, for you to download to have on all of your devices, any time, any where! Using the understanding gained in the meet ups, this is completely and utterly tailored to you, to get the most out of your 45 minutes (shorter lengths are also available if this is more beneficial). 

Subtle elements such as the use of your preferred name really ramp up the effectiveness of yoga nidrā, and give you a practice which evolves as much as you will.

Email or WhatsApp support

Reach out anytime

Sometimes we have a question which is only relevant if answered swiftly. For this there is 24/7 support through whichever medium serves you best. All questions will be answered within 24 hours for your first month with the recording. I will still always be available to answer anything there after of course, but cannot guarantee time scales.

15 trees planted

Make a positive impact on the planet 

The greatest thing we can do is change ourselves through practices such as yoga nidrā. This has a positive ripple effect throughout the universe. The second greatest thing we can do is make sure we leave a positive impact on this earth. Aiming for neutrality is not enough.

We are the earth, so a positive impact here, is a positive impact to us. 15 trees equates to an offset of 2.2 tons of carbon dioxide. The screen you're reading this from is ultimately leaving a trace on the earth, and so it is important to me that we factor this into the practice. Each time you listen to the recordings is likely to leave a carbon footprint. If we don't offset that it is questionable whether we are doing more harm than good in the practice.

Planting 15 trees a month removes that question! You are doing nothing but good whilst practicing yoga nidrā.

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