Deep Relaxation for the Mind, Body, and Spirit
What is it?
Yoga Nidra is an ancient form of deep relaxation where participants let go on all levels to find deep relaxation and healing. In these sessions, you will be guided through a series of relaxation techniques including breath and body awareness and visualization. In addition to these techniques, you will be given plenty of time to enjoy the stillness and quiet that is ever present.
What is the purpose of Yoga Nidra?
An important part of the practice of Yoga Nidra is known as sankalpa, and represents the intention or resolve that you are working on. This sankalpa is likened to a seed that is planted into the subconscious and, over time, is nourished and grows into a reality. In order to realize this sankalpa, the one practicing lets go of limiting beliefs and behaviors that are keeping him/her from letting their true character and ultimate self be reveled. This "letting go" takes place at a subconscious level during the practice of Yoga Nidra. All you need to be aware of is what you are working toward, and then, watch it unfold as you begin and continue a Yoga Nidra practice.
How is Yoga Nidra practiced?
Yoga Nidra can be practiced by anyone and requires no prior instruction or knowledge. It is done lying down on the floor, bed, couch, or sitting comfortably in a chair; comfortable but alert. In Yoga Nidra, you strive to remain alert and attentive throughout while the body drifts into a deep relaxation similar to sleep. It is deeply relaxing and refreshing when this can happen. To achieve the deep rest, the practitioner should enter Yoga Nidra with no expectations of what will happen. Let go of preconceived ideas and let yourself EXPERIENCE the yogic sleep without labels, analysis, judgement, or criticism.
Remember, this is a practice! so be kind to yourself and be open to healing.
What is a session like?
Everyone experiences Yoga Nidra differently and the experiences you have are unique to each time you practice. Some days you may feel total peace and relaxation, others you may feel as though you fell asleep and can't remember the session. Some days you won't feel any different at all or your mind may be going wild the entire time. Some people report experiencing a "connection with God". Thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations may take place spontaneously as described below. This takes place when we are able to release that which is not helping us reach our goals. Whatever experience you have, know that it is just right for you.
Many times when practicing Yoga Nidra, as well as various forms of meditation and energy work, there is a time of what is referred to as purification. This process is simply stress, tension, limiting beliefs, or energy that no longer serves us being released from the body. This release can take place in many ways but primarily is experienced in one of three ways.
1-release through thought: As we release that which doesn't provide benefit, the energy associated with that which we are releasing moves through the thinking brain and creates thought forms. It is not uncommon for people practicing Yoga Nidra to have an increase in thought either during or days after the practice. This is a short term change, and most who experience this find a state of calm within a few hours.
2-Release through physical movement. This generally takes place during the practice of Yoga Nidra when you enter into a deep state of relaxation. As tension is released it triggers muscles to contract which results in involuntary muscle movements like twitches. Most of the time you are unaware that these small movements are taking place but occasionally, you may experience a large movement such the entire leg kicking. If this happens, simply relax back into position and follow along, knowing that this is perfectly normal.
3-Release through emotion. Releasing tension and undesirable energy through emotion is the least fun to experience but is perfectly normal and frequent when practicing Yoga Nidra. During the practice or in the days following you may experience any number of emotions such as intense joy and pleasure. but know that all emotions are valid and you may also experience sadness, anger, or fear. Like thoughts, these emotions will pass. The trick is to be open and accepting of the emotion as it is.
How often should I practice?
The beautiful thing about Yoga Nidra is that you receive huge benefits by only one practice. Developing a routine however will help you achieve the maximum benefits of Yoga Nidra that come as you continue to release and come closer to becoming your authentic self.
In addition to the deep relaxation that you will receive during yoga nidra, I will also be incorporating sound therapy through the use of crystal singing bowls and hand drums specifically to help deepen the relaxation and process of release.
Session duration: 60 minutes
1-5 participants = $75
6-9 participants =$90
10-15 participants= $100
16+ Call for large group- rate
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