What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness that is defined by remaining conscious during unconscious or “sleep” states. Remaining aware during Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation helps bring into conscious awareness, unconscious thoughts and behavioural patterns. In other words, it helps us “clear the fog” to see and experience things with knowingness.

WHAT

Yoga ≈ dynamic/conscious or unified
Nidra = sleep/unconscious states

Every day, we navigate through various states of consciousness. When we are awake or sleeping or stressed, our brain patterns fluctuate to various frequencies altering our state of mind. Since all frequencies carry information – like tuning into different radio stations – we inherently broadcast different waves of information to the body.

This information is always perceived internally but can be triggered by an internal or an external event, and it is either processed consciously or unconsciously. Some examples of unconscious behavioural/emotional patterns are things like phobias, biases towards others and addictions.

WHY

Being conscious during GYNM (1) connects you to your True Self and (2) increases awareness

(1) Connecting to your True Self

Your True Self (aka the energy of the unified/quantum field) is the spirit energy (frequency or wave of information) that creates and sustains all of life – from the formation of stars and planets to developing foetuses. 
We ALL have this [Jedi] force within us. It is the energy found in our regenerating cells, the energy that keeps us breathing and the force that digests our food. Undeniably, this energy is alive, self-organizing and intelligent, continually seeking coherence and balance.
Connecting with your True Self literally changes your brain waves and develops more coherent synaptic connections, creating more awareness. Once your brain vibrates to the coherent energy of the field, this energy radiates within, through and around you, consequently broadcasting more coherence in your “3D” life!

(2) Increasing your awareness

Simply, increasing your awareness means gaining understanding over a situation or circumstance, i.e., shedding light on a subject. Physiologically, this happens by raising your consciousness from sensory (smell, touch, taste, sight, sound) perception and lifting it up the spine to the brain and into conscious awareness.
 
Once you recognize and have a better understanding of a situation, you acquire the knowledge/power to change it and/or adapt your actions accordingly.

HOW

Yoga Nidra is simple; lie down, close your eyes, stay still and listen. It is a proven process/technique rooted in the ancient Tantric tradition called Nyasa. It was further tailored by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, by combining eastern yogic techniques with western hypnotic relaxation. GYNM is also foolproof! Regardless of whether your mind drifts in and out of consciousness, GYNM heals deep seated stresses.

It works by systematically moving conscious awareness inward – i.e., disconnecting from the 3D (material, identity, beliefs…) world – into the subtler levels (koshas) of the energetic body. This is the place within yourself where the analytical mind is pacified and where you gain access to your mind’s mainframe, where core operations can be observed and upgraded into conscious awareness.

8 STAGES OF YOGA NIDRA
Not every Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation will include all eight (8) stages.
The number of stages performed to achieve and maintain Yoga Nidra depend on time constraints, practitioner level and/or practitioner’s health.

Entry

Entry

Instructions / initial deepening

Intention

Intention

Sankalpa

Body Scan

Body Scan

Rotation of consciousness

Breath Awareness

Breath Awareness

Pranayama

Proprioception

Proprioception

Relative position and sensations

Journeying

Journeying

Visualization / representations

Restating Intention

Restating Intention

Sankalpa

Return

Return

Acclimation

BENEFITS

The benefits of practicing Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation are numerous, they range from physical, energetic and emotional to spiritual (mind-body).

  • Connects you to your true nature (True Self)
  • Reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Stimulates the relaxation response
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Balances the nervous system
  • Strengthens the endocrine system
  • Revitalizes and recharges the body
  • Stabilizes thoughts and emotions
  • Enhances creativity
  • Cultivates Ahimsa (non-violence/self-compassion)
  • Increases awareness

WHO

Everyone/anyone who wishes to connect with their True nature and expand their awareness. Whether you’re eight or eighty years of age, pregnant, ill, bed ridden or have never taken a yoga class, you will benefit from Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation.

WHEN

Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation is most beneficial as a regular practice done every day or every other day. However, you will still enjoy the physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual bliss achieved with GYNM even if only practiced periodically.

WHERE

Guided Yoga Nidra Meditation can be practiced anywhere that is quiet and at any time of the day. It is recommended to practice GYNM 1-2 hours after a meal.

FOR HOW LONG

Guided Yoga Nidra Meditations can vary from eight (8) minutes to an hour and a half. Each guided meditation can, and ought to be done an infinite number of times to profoundly feel its effects.

WHY GYNM vs. OTHERS

There is no one form of meditation that is better than another. If you’re a beginner, it can be easier to get into and maintain a meditative state while being guided than trying to achieve it on your own. But regardless of whether you’re a novice or an adept, GYNM provides a simple and tangible means of disconnecting from the Matrix and expanding your awareness, and it works every time