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!