March 28, 2013

Redesign Your Destiny Through Yoga Nidra

One of the most effective and least explored techniques to unleash the power within is yoga nidra. The literal translation of “nidra” is sleep; however, it is a dynamic state, not the unconscious sleep of slumber. Yoga nidra takes you to the alpha state where your brain rhythms drop in to a peaceful, silent, sacred space within. You are simultaneously able to access the power of the logical left brain and the intuitive , insightful right brain. It is a quantum leap beyond the dimension and comprehension of the intellect. It operates from the domain of trust and faith, love and compassion.

I was fortunate to spend a week in Colorado at a 7 day Yoga Nidra Intensive led by Yogi Amrit Desai. We reflected on behaviors we wished to change, asking ourselves, “What is it that I need to shift in myself, to release the blockage that is happening in my life that I am experiencing in the form of fear and resistance, self-judgment, illness, blame, shame, guilt or unhappiness?” We are looking for resolution from within rather than expecting a change from without.

Once we formulated our intention, Yogi Amrit Desai led us into yoga nidra where we affirmed our intention in a deep state of relaxation. Yoga nidra is a safe place to first examine what needs to change and experience the powerful effects of relaxation, intention and letting go of effort in order to make something happen. Each time I practice yoga nidra I come away with a deep respect for its integrative and restorative power and am able to see my intention actualized in my daily life because of the choices I now make to support my intention.

Yoga nidra cannot be understood by talking about it- it must be practiced!

 

Breath, Relax, Let Go!
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