Yoga Nidra is an effortless form of Tantric meditation, practiced from a lying down position. Commonly known among yogis as a ‘meditation nap,’ in-home, private Yoga Nidra sessions are highly recommended for jet-lagged professionals, exhausted moms and dads, stressed out teens and all those who want to start a meditation practice, but don’t know where to begin.
While you relax comfortably on a yoga mat, under a blanket, perhaps with a scented eye pillow resting lightly over the eyes, I will guide you to a deeper place than you’ve ever gone in a seated meditation, as you move easily into the state of conscious sleep. You will emerge from the practice feeling relaxed, refreshed and empowered, as though waking from a deeply restful and healing sleep.
Yoga Nidra facilitates the deepest possible state of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In the state of Yoga Nidra, it is said that the body sleeps, while the mind remains awake.
The short term benefits of the practice are immediate and include improved sleep quality, a balanced energy, decreased anxiety, and greater body awareness. When practiced long-term, Yoga Nidra offers powerful healing benefits for a range of conditions.
The Most Relaxed You’ve Ever Been
After a Yoga Nidra session, many students ask me why the practice is so relaxing. In short, because Yoga Nidra is a therapeutic and systematic deep relaxation meditation. The full answer, however, is multi-layered and steeped in Tantric technique, Yogic philosophy, neuroscience and elements of Western psychology.
Yoga Nidra systematically releases stored physical, emotional and mental tensions through a progressive series of 8 stages, each designed to bring about a more subtle experience of relaxation. Through these 8 stages, Yoga Nidra stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, bringing about the hypnagogic state of consciousness, a state of conscious, deep relaxation where the body and mind begin the healing process.
In other words, it is not, in any way, an arbitrary technique; it doesn’t just happen to be relaxing! The delivery of the 8 stages and the methodology behind each one is highly specific. When Yoga Nidra is delivered without an embodied knowledge of these stages, the practice has a much different effect. For this reason, it is important to ensure your teacher has been formally trained in this particular meditation technique.
Yoga Nidra and Intention Setting
Yoga Nidra places a high degree of importance on intention setting, as a means for transforming the personality through the activities of the subconscious and unconscious mind.
In private Yoga Nidra sessions, you and I will work together to develop an intention that serves you and will help you manifest your highest potential. A life lived with presence and awareness is a life of power, wisdom and transformation. Discover your personal intention and shift your life in the direction you choose.
Private Yoga Nidra Sessions
Private Yoga Nidra sessions are ideal one to three times a week, depending on whether Yoga Nidra is being used as a general wellness and stress-management solution or as a recommended part of a treatment plan for a specific condition, such as PTSD or chronic fatigue.
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