Yoga Nidra

Monthly Workshop

Schedule:
3rd Tuesday of every month, time 8.00pm - 9.00 pm.

Location: Online via Zoom.

Cost: £8 per week paid in advance, I only do small classes so need this commitment.

Payments:

  • BACS, Bank details: Santander, Sort Code 090129, Account No 41782352.
    Please use your name as the reference for online banking, not mine.
  • Debit/Credit Card - via online store, link here.
  • Paypal - via online store, link here.

Requirments for lesson:

  • You will need a Yoga Mat.
  • 1 Yoga Block & 2 Yoga Bricks
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing, so that the body is not restricted.
  • I also recommend two small towels for those wrist and knee issues.
  • Please bring a blanket & eye pillow for relaxation afterwards.
  • Light music and maybe anything personal to you to set the tone for 1.5 hours of self-care.

All items can be swapped out as you need too.

Yoga Nidra (yoga = union / nidra = sleep)


Known as the sleep of the yogis

Yoga Nidra, which is derived from ancient tantras and developed swami satyananda of the bihar school of Yoga, is a powerful technique in which you learn to deeply relax consciously. In Yoga Nidra sleep is not regarded as relaxation. Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Yoga means union and nidra means sleep. During the practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason, Yoga Nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. In Yoga Nidra, the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences.

Reaching the state of complete effortlessness, where you meet your higher self a place beyond description. One who enters the state of consciousness beyond waking, sleeping and dreaming.

Yoga Nidra is much more than relaxation, the idea of it really is that Yoga Nidra gives us access to the highest state of consciousness or samadhi (bliss or enlightenment). In fact some of the scriptures describe that the state of samadi and the state of Yoga Nidra are one of the same thing. In Yoga there are eight limbs and samadhi is the 8th.

We are normally under the influence of three states of consciousness, either sleeping, waking or dreaming and what Yoga Nidra gives us access to is something that is beyond the three, literally called the fourth state or turiya which is the same as enlightenment. It is beyond the typical dreaming, sleeping or waking states, on in which, you are completely relaxed, calm, composed and active at the same time. The rate of flow of thoughts flowing through your mind is close to zero.

There are 5 different approaches or 5 different outcomes that are possible to achieve through yoga nidra.

  1. Healing: physiologically mentally emotionally
  2. Transformation: deep evolutionary shift in our psychology. Conditioning, emotional conditioning.
  3. Improvement of Cognition, the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. Improving memory for example, staying focused
  4. Sankalpa means an intention, resolve, formed by the heart and mind, a solemn vow, our power or determination, our power of will. Becoming more capable of achieving what we want to achieve. Through the quieting and relaxation to the subconscious we become more capable of seeding our intentions, increasing the ability to fulfil those intentions.
  5. Spiritual practise an awakening, bliss or enlightenment. Reaching the state of complete effortlessness, where you meet your higher self, and a place beyond description. One who enters the state of consciousness beyond waking, sleeping and dreaming
What to expect from a lesson:

  • Preparation
  • Relaxation
  • Sankalpa - translated as resolve or resolution (sowing a seed of your heartfelt desire)
  • Rotation of consciousness
  • Body / Floor / Skin awareness
  • Breathing
  • Awareness of sensations
  • Inner space
  • Visualization
  • Sankalpa – translated as resolve or resolution (irrigating your heartfelt desire)
  • Finish
Sankalpa - sowing the seed of change

Sankalpa translated as resolve or resolution. The word kalpa means a wish, desire or intention. Sankalpa is generally understood to be a resolve to fulfil an objective, made as a solemn or holy vow to oneself. It is often expressed in yoga circles as 'a heartfelt desire'.

“a resolution made in the beginning at the end of yoga nidra is like a seed sown in the depth of your consciousness. Anything in life can fail you, but not the sankalpa. The sankalpa takes the form of a short mental statement which is impressed on the subconscious mind when it is receptive and sensitive to autosuggestion during yoga nidra. The sankalpa has to be made, not when you are intellectually active, but when your mind is calm and quiet."