The literal translation of Yoga Nidra is, "union of sleep." But what is being unified as we enter into a deep relaxation where we may feel as though we are simply drifting into a deep slumber? Among other things, Yoga nidra unifies the physical body, the mental body and spiritual body. When this takes place, the practitioner looses the conscious ability to distinguish these three aspects of being and enters into a "new" awareness of oneness of being.
A major aspect of yoga nidra is the sankalpa, a resolve or intention based on your heart felt desire. The sankalpa is the guiding light of yoga nidra and everything we do in the practice is for the nourishment and development of the sankalpa. In its deepest meaning, the sankalpa is a statement of your divine, enlightened self, but is also used as a specific intention. This second use of the word, intention, is likened unto the stepping stones that lead to that higher statement of pure self. During this corse we will work to develop both intention and self-realization.
The focus of this eight week course is to help develop what is referred to as sankalpa shakti. This is the energy that we build through yoga nidra and other practices to nourish our intentions until we reach completion and the sankalpa is manifested in its full form.
To assist the building of the sankalpa shakti, we will be incorporating principles of yoga known as yamas. These are part of the ethical framework surrounding yoga practices but are often overlooked in mainstream yoga classes. The yamas include 5 tenets that are geared to help the practitioner develop an ethical/moral code of conduct in relation to our external environment, including our bodies, thoughts, and the people and "things" in our environment. These principles are as follows:
Brahmacharya (Moderation of the senses)
Additionally, I will be introducing participants to several forms of formal meditation to help develop a state of calm abiding, roundedness, and to take you deeper into yourself to discover your true nature. These meditations include:
Using the scaffolding of the yamas, this course will help build the sankalpa shakti and help you come closer to your true self as you increasingly make and manifest intentions in your life. Additionally, each course and meditation will be recorded so that you can come back to the lessons and recordings of yoga nidra as often as you'd like as you continue your development long after the course.
What others have said:
I have been participating in Jarom's yoga nidra courses for the last three years. I noticed early on that my week went better if I had dropped in for yoga nidra. What makes this course different is that it really focuses on how to cultivate one's yoga nidra intention. There is a lot to think about each class and each class builds on the one before which lends itself to personal insights and ah ha moments. One of the best things about this course is that you will have access to some amazing professional yoga nidra recordings that you can listen to over and over. This course is self guided so aside from setting aside 2 hours for the weekly discussions, you are able to go through the recordings and readings at a pace that fits your schedule which is really nice.
I also really enjoyed learning more about the mechanics of yoga nidra and how it targets and works through mental, emotional and physical tension. This course was a safe space to ask questions, work through things and come to know myself better.
-K.M. San Francisco, California
I really loved the awaken course. Jarom did an amazing job teaching the information clearly and providing a safe, loving space for me to turn inward. Just a few weeks in, I was amazed to already see the benefit fo the practice. I am so grateful for the course and am excited to continue with what I've learned.
-H.H. Provo, Utah
Date: Jan 5-Feb. 23 Wednesday evening Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Online via Zoom. You will receive a zoom link when you register.