Yoga Nidra

Restorative Asana & Yoga NidraYoga Nidra

Presented by Leslie Temme

Please join Cindy and me this Sunday, May 21, from 1- 3 pm, and discover for yourself the many profound benefits of this appealing and accessible practice.

What is Yoga Nidra? It’s the practice of deep, conscious sleep.

As you rest comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. Yoga Nidra works with your samskaras to release suffering.

A samskara (mental groove) is formed by a repetitive thought or habit that is deepened in the mind and body, creating a mental impression (groove) over time. These impressions can cause negative reactions and emotions that prevent a unification of the five layers (koshas) of our self. If these negative emotions continue to plague us, the mental/emotional layer of the self is unable to integrate with the other layers: physical, energetic, higher wisdom, and bliss body. This is where yoga nidra can be especially helpful.

You can utilize a samskara as an intention within the yoga nidra practice. You might come into the practice knowing what you would like to work on. The intention, often prompted by the teacher, is then set at the beginning of the practice. When a samskara arises during the practice, you may touch upon the feelings that arise, and then allow yourself to experience these feelings more and more. By working with this method (and feeling secure throughout the journey), with each subsequent practice you move deeper into a samskara, are better able to understand your reaction, and then ultimately can allow the samskara to release into the ocean of consciousness. At that point, it is no longer a deep impression. You are liberated from that samskara!

According to Dr. Richard Miller, an expert in this practice, people who practice yoga nidra report:

·       Decreased stress, anxiety, fear, and depression

·       Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances

·       Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain

·       Improved interpersonal relations

·       Increased energy levels

·       Increased sense of control in their lives

·       More confidence and joy in their lives

·       Greater sense of peace and well-being

SOURCES

Jeraci, A. R. (2017) “5 Benefits of Yoga Nidra,” Yoga International

Miller, R. (2017) Yoga Nidra/ Integrative Restoration, https://www.irest.us

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