What is Nidra (sleep)?


Yoga Nidra, which is derived from the tantras, is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In yoga nidra, sleep is not regarded as relaxation. People feel that they are relaxing when they collapse in an easy chair with a cup of coffee, a drink or a cigarette, and watching netflix. However, this will not suffice as a scientific definition of relaxation.

These are only sensory diversions. True relaxation is actually an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware.

This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. Yoga nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. The term yoga nidra is derived from two Sanskrit words, yoga meaning union or one-pointed awareness, and nidra which means sleep. During the practice of yoga nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. This aids in learning to relax the body, mind, spirit and nervous system. In the beginning you'll just learn to relax your physical body.

What you will learn in this course.


Basic Steps of a Nidra Class.

  1. Developing a Sankalpa: Intention.
  2. Feel your desire for yourself and others.
  3. Physical body: Sense and perceive your physical body and arrive in the present moment by doing a body scan.
  4. Energetic body: Count breaths, elongate breaths, and experience the sensation that arises from the breath work. This raises awareness of where energy is stuck and where it's flowing.
  5. Emotional body: Invite the polarity of opposite feelings and sensations into your practice, like warm and cool, left and right, safety and fear. Often we experience emotions on this polarity: nidra teaches us that we don't need the positive end of the polarity to be comfortable, safe, fearless, joyous, and vulnerable.
  6. Body of intellect: Notice thoughts, beliefs, and images that arise in the guided exploration of opposites. They offer insight into your long-held belief systems and answer why we are the way we are.
  7. Body of joy: Recalling memories that are pure joy and at ease helps reset a mental baseline and can alleviate anxiety levels while offering an ever-present sense of calm.
  8. Body of ego-I: Through guided mantra and meditation, become aware of the witness inside us all and check (and recheck, and recheck) your ego.
  9. Natural state: Recognize the power of the mind to facilitate emotions from an inner and outer state. This helps bring awareness of our inner witness, the consciousness inside each one of us that's remained the same since we can remember. In this state, we recall the intention and desire set at the beginning of practice and integrate them with our re-patterned consciousness before coming out of the meditation.


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