Saturday, October 04, 2014

Quiet Quest - Day 4: Ether, Yoga Nidra & Meditation


Today I was lucky enough to run a yoga workshop at Body Mind Life, focussing on the Ether Element - which is the element to do with space, consciousness, bliss! One of the main focuses of it was delicious meditation and Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is a phenomenal form of unplugging as it's about deep, active relaxation - good old Wiki tells us
Yoga nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Lucid dreaming is the Western term used to denote a practice similar to yoga nidra. The distinguishing difference is the degree to which one remains cognizant of the actual physical environment as opposed to a dream environment. In lucid dreaming, one is only (or mainly) cognizant of the dream environment, and have little or no awareness of our actual environment.[1]
The practice of yoga relaxation[clarification needed] has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope withposttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[2]
Yoga nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, referred to as prajna in Mandukya Upanishad.[3]

In today's workshop I led a Yoga Nidra, but also got to dive into a deep meditation with everyone. And when your students tell you "Wow, that was deep!" at the end of meditation and stillness, my heart smiles.

Upon returning from Bali, where I started a daily 5:30am meditation, I'm really in the flow of getting up early and finding stillness - what a way to start the day. 

Have you tried Yoga Nidra? (Come along to one of my yin classes, where we often practice it)


Quiet Quest is all about finding 30 minutes of silence each day (no electronic devices, music, TV, radio etc) to raise awareness and funds for The Yoga Foundation. You can sponsor me here.




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