We have all Heard “You need to relax! You need to de-stress.” Okay, well how do I do that?
There is a reason stress is at epidemic levels in the West :
We don’t know how to stop. Our waking hours have taken over our sleeping hours. Even our sleep and rest is in service of doing more, rather than being more. We don’t sleep to be rested, to revitalize and nourish ourselves, we sleep so we can get up and do more the next day. We haven’t mastered the art of non-doing along with the art of doing. We haven’t learned how to relax in action. Yoga Nidra is an age-old practice of Yoga described in the ancient texts. It is not new. It is composed of a series of breath, body and awareness techniques designed to help you move into progressive states of relaxation, of non-doing. Though it is impossible to achieve relaxation with greater effort, you can enter a non-doing state where you are doing nothing and relaxation happens. The techniques of Yoga Nidra are active techniques that allow access to the non-doing state of being. The function of the technique is to do in such a way that you slip into a state of non-doing, so much so that the experience of the body and mind can disappear completely for a time.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Whether you are a long-time meditator or you’ve never be able to meditate, Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditative practice that allows the body and mind to move into deep stillness and quiet rejuvenation effortlessly. Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based meditation and is very effective for managing and healing common stress-related health issues such as insomnia, stress, PTSD, habits, addictions, depression and anxiety. Known as I AM Yoga Nidra, this method not only relaxes the body, but also changes the relationship between stress-producing thoughts and emotions. It is designed to guide the practitioner into recognizing the silent place of being that always resides within us. The I AM method focuses primarily on quieting the mind and boosting the energy flow (prana) in the body, which increases the healing potential available during yoga nidra. The practice typically takes practitioners into deeper states of meditation more quickly. That is why this style is often known as “the deep one”.
How does it work?
The practice of Yoga Nidra at its essence is about completely letting go of the “doer” and the release of making anything happen. The practice is effortless when facilitated by a trained practitioner or listening to a guided audio practice. You are comfortably situated on your back or sitting in a chair. The facilitator uses a series of body, breath and awareness techniques to gradually lead from an ordinary (beta) waking state, to a zone-like, relaxed (alpha) state, and eventually guiding you into an extraordinary (theta) state of deep relaxation. At this point in the Yoga Nidra meditation, your intentions are planted in the depths of the subconscious and your conscious mind is allowed to take a much needed break from the hectic world of YOU. Time becomes timeless as you enter into this meditation zone. Yoga Nidra is a safe & effective practice for everyone.
The result is a highly regenerative state where the energy normally burned by the mind is fully freed to heal and restore the body. This healing energy of the body, freed from the mind, can also become a spiritual force, unlocking inner guidance, knowing and insight into your true nature.
What are the benefits?
Like with any meditation practice, the benefits are endless. From improved health, better sleep, clearer thinking, calmer state of mind.
Overall, with regular practice hormones begin to balance, decreased stress hormones and increased the feel good hormones creates an inner environment of balance, allows for healing and improved quality of life in all areas.
During the practice, you are released from the grips of identifying yourself with who you are not and the truth of your being becomes clear. During this timeless state, healing on many levels takes place. Problems dissolve into solutions, healing and new levels of health are possible, new directions may be revealed. Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, a new you emerges with effortless ease and grace. Whatever your life situation, the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra offers truly transformative benefits. Yoga Nidra is a safe & effective practice for everyone. You can get a more in-depth idea of what Yoga Nidra
is about by clicking on the video below.