February 2, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Yoga Nidra is an ancient Tantric practice for easing stress, healing trauma and awakening to timeless presence. Yoga Nidra literally means ‘Yogic Sleep’ and is a form of meditation. No prior experience of Yoga or meditation is necessary, as no effort is required other than to lie down and listen. This alone is a great relief in the competitive and stressful times we live in! In Yoga Nidra we are guided to put aside all our habitual roles and identifications as we gently explore the realms of the body, mind, and world with no agenda to change, fix or alter anything about them. Rather, we welcome the flow of experience as it unfolds moment by moment, whilst resting in and as the aware presence underlying and permeating this flow. In this openness, layers of accumulated physical, mental and emotional tension are released. The practice takes place in a safe and nurturing environment that facilitates this deep listening. Ultimately, Yoga Nidra brings us to a direct experience of ourselves as peace itself.
I immediately fell in love with Yoga Nidra when I first encountered it over 14 years ago and I knew straight away that it was something I wanted to study in depth and share with others. I recognised Yoga Nidra’s potential for healing and have experienced its healing power in my own life. As my personal Yoga journey has unfolded, so too has my understanding and method of teaching this deeply restorative and highly therapeutic practice. I have developed a style of teaching Yoga Nidra from a non-dual perspective which I offer in the hope that it’s impact reaches beyond the immediate, profoundly relaxing benefits it delivers and really helps people to meet the challenges of their everyday lives with greater equanimity.
Although Yoga Nidra is an incredibly simple practice, it can be profound in the effect it may have on our lives. In recent years much research on Yoga Nidra and its success in treating a number of conditions has been conducted by Richard Miller, a leading expert on Yoga Nidra and founder of The Integrative Restoration Institute (www.irest.us). According to research conducted by the IRI, regular practitioners of Yoga Nidra report that it can help:
Decrease stress, anxiety, fear & depression
Decrease insomnia and sleep disturbances
Improve interpersonal relationsIncrease energy levels
Bring more confidence and joy in their lives
Promote a sense of peace & wellbeing
Promote greater resilience and less reactivity