Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based meditation that is thousands of years old, yet more useful than ever in today's modern world. It is a practice of allowing instead of trying, of being instead of doing. This practice allows us to quiet the body and mind into such a subtle space, that healing occurs naturally without any effort. When we come out of a Yoga Nidra meditation, we feel clearer, softer, more grounded, and better able to handle the stressors that are always facing us in today's society.
Yoga Nidra is different than regular seated meditation in the sense that we set intentions in this practice. Through a series of breath and body awareness techniques, we drop into a meditative state where the body and mind are so quiet, it is as if we are just hovering right above sleep. And it is in that space of awareness that we place an intention. The intention is planting a seed into our subconscious mind.
Through regular practice, that seed has the power to gain roots and grow, until we are seeing the world through new eyes and experiencing life in a new way. We can learn how to reframe old commentaries and break patterns of negative behavior and thoughts ... all by simply laying down and retreating into a space of deep stillness!
By practicing Yoga Nidra, I have been better able to see my patterns, realize that I am so much more than my thoughts, and have more deeply connected to myself and the world around me.
It's made me free, and I want that for you, too.
I love sharing this practice and invite you to join me as we seek and create inner harmony, balance, self-trust and peace together while on this life's journey. Whether you join me in class or would like to work together one-on-one, I will do my best to ensure that you will leave feeling more connected inwards and, at the very least, feel well rested.
Yoga Nidra can be used at night to fall asleep completely, or as an evening activity to move towards sleep. Suffering from insomnia? Put on a Yoga Nidra recording and let it lull you into slumber.
Life is hard, and it's easy to get out of balance. Yoga Nidra allows us to simply rest and quiet down the body/mind complex, so we are better able to manage our stressors.
Yoga Nidra releases 'happy' hormones, such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, while at the same time decreasing cortisol, making for a brain and body that is more content.
A body that is at peace is better able to heal. When we retreat into the stillness of Yoga Nidra, we enter into the Delta brainwave state, where the human growth hormone is released, which allows the body to regenerate naturally.
By creating personalized intentions, we can work with our tendencies, addictions, thoughts and behavior patterns in order to move past that which is keeping us stuck.
If your mind runs in circles yet arrives nowhere, Yoga Nidra will help you retreat into a place of quiet stillness where we are able to detach from the busy brain that causes so many of our struggles.
Please enjoy this experience of the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra (I AM Yoga Nidra), recorded during a live workshop in 2017.
Get comfortable (make a cozy Nidra nest!), bring an intention into your awareness, and drop in to stillness.