Yoga Nidra at The Sanctuary
8 - 9.30pm at the Sanctuary
Saturday Evening 15th February 2014
Instructor: Hayley Price
Come and enjoy a deeply relaxing evening of Yoga Nidra and Sound Meditation.
Yoga Nidra is a state in which the body is at complete rest while the awareness remains alert and awake to the experience of the practice. The literal translation is Yoga ( unified awareness ) and Nidra (Sleep). So, Yoga Nidra can be interpreted as a state of Conscious, or lucid, Sleep.
The practice is also thought of as a Pratyahara technique. Pratyahara is often thought of as a withdrawel of the senses to become more attuned to our inner world. This interpretation can sometimes create a subtle tension between ourselves and our outer world as we try to 'shut out' that which comes in through the sense doors.
In Yoga Nidra, awareness of the the senses is used as a technique for turning the attention inwards to a more refined state. In turning towards the senses and acknowledging them, nothing is seen as a distraction and everything, including the sensory experiences, become part of the practice. Through this, without much effort, the practitioner often finds themselves in a state of Pratyahara.
Many also think of Yoga Nidra as a meditation in and of itself. As Swami Niranjanananda states, 'Meditation can not be taught. Meditation techniques can be taught.' In this way, anything can become a meditation depending on how present we remain within it. So, Yoga Nidra, also has this potential, and this unfolds naturally.
Yoga Nidra tends to be a guided practice. The body is at complete rest while the mind is engaged in following the voice of the facilitator through the practice. The voice becomes like a thread, keeping the practitioner with the practice. There can be moments when the awareness 'drops out' and the mind falls asleep. Hearing the voice will gently guide the practitioner back to the practice when then mind becomes reengaged.
The body is usually positioned in a comfortable relaxation position, reclined on the floor, such as the yogic relaxation posture of Savasana. It is important that the body can be restful during this practice. The relaxation of the body allows for the effort in the Nervous System to soften and for stuck habit patterns and conditioned ways of thinking or being to rise to the surface to be released without confrontation or analysis. The practice can, however be done from sitting or alternative relaxation postition. Please consult your Yoga Nidra Teacher to find a postition that is supportive and comfortable for you.
While Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing and rejuvenative practice, on occasion, challenging feelings and emotions can arise to the surface to be released. This can happen through image, feeling tone and spontaneous body movement / spasms.
It is not necessary to understand all the details about where and from when these emotions arise. If at any time this feels uncomfortable or confusing, please talk with your qualified yoga nidra teacher as they will be able to guide you into finding a deeper connection with yourself through any such experience. Most of the time, people feel deeply rejuvenated and an increase of energy after the practice.
Yoga Nidra is a wonderful way to increase energy levels, release stuck patterns, give deep relaxation to body, heart and mind and to come closer to yourself.
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