Yoga Nidra

24 11 2009

The Tibeten bells fade into the background, the teacher’s voice recedes back into space and I lay motionless, and completely immersed in the subtle energies of my body.

I’m not asleep. I’m not awake.  I feel immense tranquility, and all the talk in my head has floated away to some other realm. Almost seems I’m in a completely new place entirely. Its Yoga Nidra land…..

Yes I’ve recently been Yoga Nidrafied!  What I mean is I have discovered a different method of meditation and relaxation and I am gloriously gracious for now having learned this truly blessed meditation practice.

Yoga Nidra is a specific meditation often guided by a teacher, and induces a very deep relaxation state that is neither the sleep state nor the awakened conscious state.  It is in between.

It can be translated as “yogic sleep” whereby you are in a deep meditative state yet fully conscious.  It is a systemic method that fully addresses the neurological, physiological and subconscious needs of the individual.  Some yogis proclaim that practicing Yoga Nidra for as little as 20 minutes is the equivalent of 3 hours of restful, sound, deep sleep.

During a typical session you can expect to be guided into a mediation that will scan the body, ask you to feel the body through the senses, and affirm something you want to address currently in your life.  The act of affirming this desire or goal within the meditation is highly effective, as you are in a suggestive state whereby the subconscious can absorb what you give it with your intentions.

So if you need REJUVENATION, RESTORATION and some DE- FRAZZLING of  the nerves, I suggest you seek out a class of Yoga Nidra.  It is best to attend guided classes and you will learn more in depth the power of this practice. You may also choose to find CDs available online that will guide you right through a whole session.

Essentially the practice includes the following components:

1) Sankalpa- or the invocation, something you want to achieve, and desire to manifest or change in your life. This is repeated (in your head) 3 times at the beginning and then 3 times just before the meditation ends. It is a short mental statement which is impressed on the subconscious mind when it is receptive and sensitive to autosuggestion during yoga nidra.  The sankalpa has to be made not when you are intellectually active, but when your mind is calm and quiet.

2)Body scans- bringing awareness to all part of the body, and to internal systems and organs

3) Visualizations- using the light to heal and restore the whole body, bringing awareness to the chakra centers and bringing different sensations to the body ie:  heaviness, lightness, imagining coolness or warmth.

So go ahead and explore Yoga Nidra.  You will gain insight and self integration as you incorporate this practice more and more into your daily life.  You will relieve stress, sleep more soundly, and release unnecessary limiting beliefs and restraints thay may be holding you back in life.  Begin to release and let go of what is not serving you at this time.  One step at a time, we all travel our own yogi path.

Love and Light Always,

Travelling Yogi




6 responses

24 11 2009

Where can I find good yoga nidra recordings? I’ve found mediocre ones only thus far :S

29 11 2009

Look for Shiva Rea online, Swami Janakananda Saraswati and Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. Both swamis are on . All the best!

25 11 2009
Yoga In The Sky

I just want to be in those photos! Lovely thank you

25 11 2009
Lucy Beebe

I would suggest Debbie Jensen Yoga Nidra CD’s. I am not sure where you can buy them, but perhaps on They also have very good prices on CD’s so you don’t have to worry so much about spending a fortune to try out a Yoga Nidra session. I wish you much love and light on your quest. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination. 😉 Lucy Love

27 11 2009
Sarah Oakley

I am teaching Yoga Nidra tonight. I love it – it can make even the busiest of minds find peace and relaxation 🙂

28 11 2009

Awesome! Love it! Keep bringing the healing of yoga to all that you encounter! namaste

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