June 22nd, 2-5 PM
Experience the powerful practice that induces a complete state of physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Learn techniques to still the mind by releasing the many layers of mental conflict and unrest.
Understand how yoga nidra works, the many benefits it has to offer, and why it’s such an integral aspect of a balanced yoga practice and a harmonious life in general.
Learn how to effectively:
– access a deeper level of inner awareness and equanimity
– increase the capacity for self-healing
– strengthen the immune system
– receive deep physical and mental restoration
– release unwanted habits, conditioned behaviors, tensions, and
– unleash creativity
– awaken your greatest, inner potential
This workshop will begin with a thorough description of yoga nidra and will discuss the 7 layers of perception that we pass through during the practice. There will be a short and gentle asana (posture) practice to begin to release tension in the body prior to the actual nidra practice which will be a 1-hour, guided meditation in savasana (corpse pose). Afterward there will be time for questions and answers about personal experience.
What is Yoga Nidra?
One hour of yoga nidra is eqivalent to four hours of conventional sleep!
Yoga Nidra is the traditional tantric practice of deep, conscious relaxation that was adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. It is a meditation technique used for effectively imprinting new patterns on the mind and body, harmonizing the deeper unconscious states of the mind and awakening one’s inner potential. Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, we can induce a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. This takes the mind into a hypnagogic state, the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, where contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occur spontaneously. This occurs by turning away from outer experiences, then shifting the consciousness to function at a deeper level of inner awareness. Through this practice of pratyahara—withdrawal of sense organs—the mind becomes one-pointed by concentrating on the auditory channel through a sequence of a guided meditation. Here, the focus in on the receptivity of consciousness which becomes very powerful and can be applied in many ways making impressions on the mind and body much greater and more powerful. This transformative practice works at the deepest levels to release tensions, old patterns, conditioning, and self-limiting beliefs.
The science of Yoga Nidra is used to heal a variety of disorders including stress and depression. It also proves effective in aiding in the management of psychosomatic disorders, hypertension, asthma, and in relieving pain. Through the technique of re-imprinting the mind, Yoga Nidra works as a transformative practice that allows one to disengage from restrictive physical, mental, and emotional patterning and eliminate undesirable, long standing behaviors and acquired conditioning.