Yoga Nidra has its roots in ancient Tantric wisdom teachings and forms a comprehensive approach to the experience of deep relaxation, intensive Self-inquiry, and profound meditation.
The practice of Yoga Nidra allows us to carefully explore the nature of the conditioning of concepts and beliefs we’ve adopted to create our experience of the world around us.
We are all suffering from the collective belief that we are isolated, separated individuals apparently trapped in a physical body and that there is a rather threatening external world that exists independent of us.
It is quite likely that most of us have never considered questioning and investigating these beliefs.
During Yoga Nidra we investigate and have the opportunity to deconstruct and dis-identify with our most tightly-held core beliefs. Thus we can arrive at the experience of the vastness of our own True Nature directly – free from the filters of past conditioning.
Typically, Yoga Nidra is practiced lying on the floor on one’s back. However, it is equally effective when practiced in a seated (or any comfortable) position.
The basic “framework” for Yoga Nidra is as follows:
Intention: To stay awake during the session; to drift off into a restful sleep, etc.
Heartfelt Desire: For example: healing for oneself or a loved one, recognising one’s own compassionate nature, etc.
Rotation of Attention: the practitioner is guided to bring their attention to various aspects of the body in sequence: “Bring your attention to the left hand, arm, shoulder…etc.” This aspect in itself brings deep relaxation and rest to the physical body.
Breath Awareness: Awareness of the sensation of the breath, and then counting breaths.
Additional aspects can then be introduces: Fully experiencing body sensations without labeling them – this can have the affect of reducing discomfort or pain
Exploring any emotions and again, de-labeling them so that they are free to be integrated as “pure energy”.
Experiencing “opposites” (polarities) such as heaviness / lightness, happiness / sadness etc. Again, when opposites are experienced together, they tend to integrate – and one becomes more “centred” – not being swayed by opposites.
After participants are familiar with the basic framework, I then use Yoga Nidra as a “container” for any other, deeper inner exploration, such as inquiring into one’s true nature.
You can download a free, 40 minute Yoga Nidra session I narrated and recorded, here