A beautiful inclusion into our yoga classes is the treasure of Yoga Nidra. A deep, adaptogenic practice which requires nothing more than lying down, getting comfortable and allowing the body to deeply rest while the awareness is expanded for a period of 12 - 20 minutes.
This is a transformative practice in which the trick is in letting go of 'doing' anything. In this deep state of rest the mind and body have the opportunity to resolve and heal imbalances, and allow the subconscious to process our thoughts, memories and emotions without the usual interference of our surface mental patterns.
A sequence of instructions is spoken aloud, and all you have to do is observe the directions. The phases of the instruction follow the general sequence of settling the body, statement of intent, observation of the body sensation, observation of breathing, a visualisation or observation of opposite sensations and revisitation of the intention.
There is increasing amounts of research being conducted on the brain when it is in the Yoga Nidra state. Evidence based research is discovering that Yoga Nidra has the capacity to help us learn and remember information faster, overcome insomnia, mentally reframe a relationship with pain or injury and more.
One of the unique qualities of Yoga Nidra is how the observation of body sensation encourages a detailed map of the body and nervous system to be consciously mapped out in the homunculus ('little man')of the brain. This simple act can help to establish unbiased relationships with the body, each and every part of it, and its capacity.
Yoga Nidra offers a profoundly powerful state of intention setting and inner journeying. I look forward to incorporating this practice into the lesson.
If you would like to know more about Yoga Nidra check out this amazing website, The Yoga Nidra Network.