Meditation: Yoga Nidra
Duration: 45min Cost: $60
Meditation Experience Required: None
Best Suited for:
- People who are stressed and highly strung
- People who have a loud, noisy mind
- People who struggle with picturing images in their mind's eye.
What you will learn in this session:
Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditation technique that lovingly teaches our mind to become more disciplined. It is sometimes called "Psychic Sleep" as we allow the body to rest to the point where it is asleep while our mind remains awake and in control. A cut-down 10min version is often performed at the end of Yoga sessions. Traditionally it involves lying on your back with your legs and arms relaxing slightly out to the sides and your neck in a neutral position. This technique lends itself perfectly with meditation just before sleep and first thing in the morning before you've even opened your eyes. It can be done sitting up or in any position that you can relax in but is best done when you can fully let go of your body and relax deeply.
Before we start Yoga Nidra we discuss what affirmation you want to focus on in your life currently (Known as a Sankulpa). It may be something like: "I love myself", "i fully express my creativity" or "i put myself first".
Yoga Nidra is a meditation that involves paying attention to various things for a small amount of time, letting that attention go and then moving that awareness to something else. Often our minds struggle with either focusing fully on something or letting go of that focus once it has latched on. Yoga Nidra moves from focal point to focal point fairly quickly creating a situation where our mind doesn't have time to question why its being told what to do but must race to catch up and simply obey. The first part of Yoga Nidra is focusing on purely physical stimulii: Focusing on parts of our body and on sounds around us to give our mind something simply to practise with. After about 20min of this the mind ceases to chatter and simply listens - waiting for the next instruction. At this point we have entered a deep meditative state where we can implant our Sankalpa deep into our subconscious for it to take root like a seed. We repeat our Sankulpa silently in our mind three times.
From this deep point in Yoga Nidra we move from focusing on physical sensations to training our mind using imagination exercises. People who struggle normally to picture things in their mind's eye can often find this process much easier in a state of deep meditation. This will gradually train your mind to settle enough to be able to connect to imagery. For those who can typically picture things in your mind - this part of the practise is used as a training tool to help discipline this process so that the mind gets used to picturing what it's told to picture when you tell it.
Some of the techniques used in Yoga Nidra are:
- Single-Point Awareness
- Body Awareness
- Sound Awareness
- A Sankalpa (an affirmation intention)
- Mental Imagining
What this session typically looks like:
As this is a training session to empower you to be able to learn all the basics of Yoga Nidra the session will commence with a brief explanation of what Yoga Nidra is, what its good for and some of the techniques we use to travel into a deep meditative state and begin to train our minds to pay attention to to focus. We will discuss what you are currently wanting to focus on in life and create your very own Sankulpa. From here i will train you in how to perform both body and sound awareness techniques. The session concludes with a Yoga Nidra session where you can practise all your newfound skills.
Who would benefit from this type of session:
- People who have a lot of mental chatter
- People who are stressed or highly strung
- People who have never done any meditation training before
- People who find it difficult to picture things in their head