Yoga Nidra brings one into a profound state of relaxation, cultivating deep levels of healing for body, mind and emotions. Yoga Nidra will help unwind the nervous system, relieving aliments caused from stress and trauma, with the restorative benefits of conscious deep sleep.
- Yoga Nidra is extremely beneficial for releasing stress
- Yoga Nidra starts a body/mind process of relieving shock and trauma
- The practice is guided, and can be designed for groups or individuals
- Spiritual development is a fundamental outcome of practice.
Yoga Nidra is also known as yogic sleep. It is both a guided meditation and a form of healing. The systematic process of Yoga Nidra induces full physical, mental and emotional relaxation, allowing contact with the conscious and unconscious, harnessing a gentle ability to transform our deepest stress and connect to our inner wisdom. Through practice, the capacity for presence, rather than overwhelm and anxiety, increases, as deep relaxation is experienced. This revitalizing practice has also been used for centuries to heal trauma and shock. The transformation process of Yoga Nidra brings greater fluidity between physical and subtle bodies enhancing well-being at all levels of the psyche. We touch into a greater truth to find and actualize our deepest potential; love resonates throughout our being.
Imagination and Yoga Nidra:
In many traditions the imagination or the subtle sphere is the realm that links the sensuous visible world of matter and the higher world of mystery and spirit. Anne Baring stated, |It may be helpful to imagine a whole universe as an unimaginable fine web of life holding three levels or planes of reality in relationship with each other, two of which are invisible to us and none of which is separate from the others.”
In Yoga Nidra practice, all three realms are included, and it is this intermediary realm of the imagination, which is entered into in a deeply relaxed state with heightened awareness and concentration that bridges us to the realm of mystery and spirit.
The practice of Yoga Nidra is experienced lying down. By systematically rotating consciousness through the body, we re-awaken the body to its natural state of infinite expansion. Attention to the breath brings mindfulness and concentration ability. Yoga Nidra helps to gently unwind the nervous system, gently discharging stress. We then relax in the field of opposite movements of sensations and emotions, cultivating spaciousness as opposites are reconciled in the body. The visualization periods are symbolically rich, transforming unhealthy patterns to healthier ways of being. The overall process of Yoga Nidra that Julie offers is derived from ancient wisdom, neurobiology and depth psychology. The practice is a wonderful adjunct to somatic experiencing.