How Yoga Nidra Works

What is Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘Yogic Sleep’ is a relaxation method designed to lead you into a hynogogic state, or the state between deep sleep and being awake. During this you are completely conscious.

 

What does that even mean?
Imagine you are extremely tired and you’re falling asleep but you’re still aware of sounds and things around you. Or sometimes if you’re dreaming but you’re aware that it’s a dream and not reality? This is the state of Yoga Nidra.

 

What can I expect to feel?
During your first session you are likely to just feel an intense feeling of relaxation. I say ‘just’ but actually it’s incredibly difficult to truly relax. With further practice it is possible to get much more from this practice than relaxation, it is possible to begin self-transformation.

 

What happens with more practice?

With ongoing practice of Yoga Nidra the deeper layers of our psyche, which are usually unavailable to us, become more accessible. We gain awareness of our subconscious thought patterns and emotional triggers. Yogi’s call these ‘Samskaras’ or psychological imprints. Gradually we can begin to reshape our subconscious behaviours and thoughts, creating a profound sense of self empowerment and inner peace.

 

How does it work?
Modern psychotherapeutic techniques are all focused on identifying the underlying or subconscious structures, bringing them to our awareness, and reworking that material to enable us to grow and prosper. C.G. Jung — ‘Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.’  With dedicated practice of Yoga Nidra we begin to access our subconscious and gain an awareness of our patterns and triggers. Yogi’s call these patterns  ‘Samskaras’ or psychological imprints. By getting closer to them in a safe environment we take control and reshape them in order to lead the lives we dream of. This is because when we are in the state of Yoga Nidra our subconscious mind is more receptive to influence.

 ‘Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony’ Ghandi

 

Why is it so difficult to relax and why is relaxation important for Yoga Nidra?
Our busy lifestyles and chaotic city environment often has a big impact on us. In Yogic philosophy tension is created and stored across 3 main dimensions

– Physical tension stored in the muscles
– Emotional tension born from dualities (success, failure, love, hate etc)
– Mental tension caused by excessive mental activity

We rarely, if ever, manage to simultaneously relax all three dimensions and achieve complete relaxation. In order for our minds, both conscious and subconscious to be receptive to influence, we need to be relaxed. If we are tense and agitated or anxious it becomes difficult

How do I go deeper?

Practice at home
Attend regular sessions
Avoid alcohol before a session
Be dedicated to it

Is it always a pleasant experience?

Material in the deep layers of our consciousness is often hidden for our own protection. This is why we sometimes feel like history repeats or that we have certain habits and tendencies or feelings towards certain things or people. Coming face to face with this content is not always pleasant, but in order to bring about change true and deep awareness of the Self is required. Afterall, ‘Yoga is the journey of the Self, to the Self, through the Self’

‘Yoga is the journey of the Self, to the Self, through the Self’

‘The state of consciousness of the Self Realized individual is characterized by joy, serenity, sense of calm power and radiant love.’ Dr. Robert. Assagioli

To register your interest in a Yoga Nidra workshop series designed to help you obtain deeper experience, please get in touch by emailing me.