Deep, Conscious, Healing Relaxation, Yoga Nidra
Release stress. Heal now.
What is relaxation?
Relaxation can be experienced and developed through wonderful, restorative yoga poses, known as asanas. However, a deeper, existential relaxation is also experienced in the practice known as Yoga Nidra, the sleep of the yogi, where you lie down on your mat, covered up with a blanket (if you feel cold), and follow the gentle, guided, verbal instructions from Shantiji. In this practice, there is nothing required but to lie down and listen while you relax, heal and transform within every level of your being.
Deep, Conscious, Yogic Healing Relaxation, Yoga Nidra - click to expand
Deep, conscious, Yogic Healing Relaxation is known as Yoga Nidra. it is an acquired state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, in which the body is completely relaxed. In this guided journey your awareness is brought to all levels of your being: your physical body, your energetic body, your mind, emotions, and bliss body. The inner ‘knowing’, brings you all the way to the core of your being – your essence
Yoga Nidra is not an activity, like any other hobby; nor is it achieved by an activity. It is not even the same thing as recreation. While most forms of recreation such as tennis, squash, golf, gardening, watching TV. and so on may be enjoyable and beneficial, they do not produce an absence of tension in you. They just change your tensions.
Yoga Nidra is the absence of tension. It does not mean merely slowing down. When tense people learn to relax they become more perceptive, aware and successful. When a person is established in Yoga, sattva, truth and shanti, peace pervades our life and teaching. This allows us to combat stress, anxiety and depression, and determine how we will live.
The opposite of relaxation is tension.
Is relaxation important? - click to expand
The answer is YES. Unrelieved tension and stress can have serious consequences. Pressure and tension usually start working internally causing anxiety, frustration, headaches and other mental and physical ailments.
When we are un-relaxed or quality of life suffers. We feel tense, edgy, irritable and anxious. We tend to explode easily. If the possibility of externalising anger does not exist, we internalise these negative emotions. As a result we often feel a lack of joy in our lives. Nothing seems to sustain a ‘buzz’ for us for any length of time. Our relationships with other people suffer. We make poor work mates and poor play mates. All this escalates, and accompanied by worry, anxiety, sorrow, fear and depression, we believe that life was not meant to be easy. A life of quiet desperationdepletes our vitality and robs us of the joyful energy with which to experience the day. Our memory suffers, as we become easily forgetful and concentration is poor. But it is not only during the day that the restless mind and turbulent thoughts haunt us. Poor sleeping patterns which include the inability to fall asleep easily, or lying awake for a long time after awaking at night, further depletes our natural healthy resources. We become prime targets for other symptoms of stress e.g. migraines, shortness of breath, racing pulse, sexual difficulties, tension in back, neck and shoulders, bowel upsets, eye-strain, a not-so funny feeling in the head and chest pains. One or all!
Aims and Benefits- click to expand
Yoga nidra is taught to help students:-
- Master their sleep
- Engage and gain control of the autonomic nervous system
- Reduce internal tension
- And to help alleviate many illnesses and diseases.
- It prepares the mind for the higher yogic discipline and is the best antidote for impurities, stress, disease and illness.
- It removes tension and fatigue in the physical body, relieves depression and anxiety, relieves headaches and all kinds of body pain, cravings and desires.
- It rejuvenates and energises the entire system, bolsters the body’s natural healing capacities and normalises the circulatory system’s function.
- It enables you to enter the ‘alpha wave’ state of consciousness which will bring you to a place of peace and rest that most people have not travelled to before. This will help keep you balanced and joyful in your busy life.
What to expect during Shantiji’s Yoga Nidra session
- Restore and rejuvenate your body and mind to serenity through a blissful guided deep yogic healing relaxation session.
- Shantiji, teaches this program twice weekly.
- The practice is done lying down in a resting position.
- Through verbal discourse and instruction, you will be guided into a state of Deep Relaxation where your breathing, and following it, your thoughts, are slowed to the point of stopping, which can be as restorative as a good night’s full rest.
- When practiced regularly and with pure intention (sankalpa), you enter into a deeper experience of psychic sleep through which you can come to gradually recognise that you are so much more than the body or the mind.