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Old 13-10-2010, 12:06 PM
LotusMalas
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Have You Tried Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is one of my favorite practices to participate in and to teach. Have you tried it? What are you thoughts?

The actual practice consists of laying on your mat in savasana, covering yourself with a blanket and generally getting yourself confortable enough to you don't have to move. Stay as still as possible while the Yoga Nidra guide reads text for you to visualize. One of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences I've had!

"Yoga-Nidra ("Yoga sleep"), is an expression widely used to denote the highest state of consciousness. Although yoga nidra means yogic sleep, it is actually a wakeful state of deep introversion. Some contemporary Yoga authorities employ the phrase yoga-nidra to designate a state of deep relaxation. In the initial stages, the process involves relaxing the body, part by part, and harmonizing the mind. In this aspect, it has some similarity with the progressive relaxation of Jacobson. Yoga nidra, however, is an inner awareness, a movement of consciousness, rather than a deliberate auto-suggestion. You cannot relax by trying to relax. You need to feel relaxed. Yogis also believe that you cannot relax your body unless your mind is relaxed. So, yoga yoga relaxation is a complete package that involves relaxing the mind, body and spirit."

http://www.holistic-online.com/yoga/yoga_nidra_home.htm
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:53 PM
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hello LotusMalas... at last somebody who knows about yoga-nidra... please humbly I suggest to you as I am the "new kid on the block" take the time and go to the posts I put out there this morning on the topic of "yoga" and if I can be of any assistance or you just want to connect please pm me and please note my story about swami satyananda ...
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Old 03-10-2020, 10:31 AM
RuberPeach RuberPeach is offline
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Many people surround each other in the main posture of yoga nidra .
The result achieved can be practiced at any time of the day
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Old 05-01-2021, 05:18 PM
LibbyScorp LibbyScorp is offline
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I've done nidra a few times.

The most memorable being at a yoga festival in 2019. There must have been a few hundred people all laying in savasana at a big park after we did a nice, guided flow with Chelsea Korus. The woman guiding us for yoga Nidra had a calming voice and everything was so detailed. Felt like I was in another world. I could hear the wind blowing the grass surrounded by my ears, feel the warmth of the sun radiating on my body. The spring air was so fresh and sweet with new blooms. The consciousness raised as we all visualized together.

Prepandemic days :(
Blissfully unaware of the freedoms we had with in person connection
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Old 06-01-2021, 02:49 AM
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Thanks for the link. I'll have to check it out.
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by LotusMalas
Yoga Nidra is one of my favorite practices to participate in and to teach. Have you tried it? What are you thoughts?

The actual practice consists of laying on your mat in savasana, covering yourself with a blanket and generally getting yourself confortable enough to you don't have to move. Stay as still as possible while the Yoga Nidra guide reads text for you to visualize. One of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences I've had!

"Yoga-Nidra ("Yoga sleep"), is an expression widely used to denote the highest state of consciousness. Although yoga nidra means yogic sleep, it is actually a wakeful state of deep introversion. Some contemporary Yoga authorities employ the phrase yoga-nidra to designate a state of deep relaxation. In the initial stages, the process involves relaxing the body, part by part, and harmonizing the mind. In this aspect, it has some similarity with the progressive relaxation of Jacobson. Yoga nidra, however, is an inner awareness, a movement of consciousness, rather than a deliberate auto-suggestion. You cannot relax by trying to relax. You need to feel relaxed. Yogis also believe that you cannot relax your body unless your mind is relaxed. So, yoga yoga relaxation is a complete package that involves relaxing the mind, body and spirit."

http://www.holistic-online.com/yoga/yoga_nidra_home.htm


For years, I have actually practiced "conscious sleep" (somewhat analagous to yoga nidra) whereby one may remain alert while rested during deep sleep, watch dream formation from start to finish, and observe the transitions between the three states (deep sleep, dream state, so-called waking state that is not necessarily "awake" ) from the vantage point of that which lies beyond the three states (turiya).

It's a very illuminating process common to Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, yoga, and other traditions. It is often associated with "dying before death".
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