YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION
Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep), meditation is a simple yet profound technique adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from the traditional tantric esoteric traditions rooted in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy) and the practices of pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) and mental nyasa rituals (‘place’ efforts of relaxation on specific parts of the body). Yoga nidra was experienced by Satyananda Saraswati when he was living with his guru Sivananda Saraswati in Rishikesh.
In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four of his or her senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. .
As well as being relaxing, restorative and restful, studies have shown that yoga nidra can also:
• Ease insomnia
• Decrease anxiety
• Alleviate stress
• Reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency
• Heighten awareness and focus
• Transform negative habits, behaviours and ways of thinking
• Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity
During Yoga Nidra, we create deep relaxation for health, mental peace, and higher awareness and has been quoted to say that it is a practice of self mastery of the autonomic nervous system.
We engage in simple breathing exercises to release tension and trigger the nervous system to induce a state of parasympathetic activation.
Creating a Sankalpa (Intention or Resolve)
This intention is something we wish to manifest in any area of our life or a quality we wish to cultivate and/or embody. For example, someone might want to manifest fearlessness, courage, inner peace, or fulfilment.
Rotation of Consciousness
The primary objective in this stage is to isolate the mind. The mind is focused, alert, and separated from external stimuli. We separate from the body, from the senses, and from their need for attention. So we create command control over the sensory mechanisms of the physical body, specifically through exercises which deal with the mapping of the brain and opens the gate to the contents of the subconscious and unconscious levels of mind.
Awareness of Feeling and Emotion
We want to dissolve our attachment to emotional and conditional programming that lies hidden from conscious awareness in the subconscious mind.
At this stage, we access and work with contents of the unconscious mind and samskaras which are our mental and emotional patterns, individual impressions, ideas, or actions. Together, our samskaras make up our programming. Here, guidance through a series of archetypal images or a guided visualisation in form of a vivid journey will evoke responses in our relaxed mind.
The Final Step
We revisit our intention (sankalpa) and plant it into the field of the unconscious mind. We then return awareness back to the body. .
All abilities are welcome, you may be brand new to meditation, or have meditated for years and curious to experience another form of practice. Yoga nidra meditation is offered in small groups to ensure a sense of comfort and spaciousness.
Pranayama and Mindfulness of Breath Classes
Sessions are also offered focusing in on pranayama techniques, different breathing exercises designed to calm the mind body, soothe the nervous system, develop vagal tone and balance prana.
This leads us into meditation practice, or mindfulness of breath, also known as Vipassana practice. Evidence suggests that mediation is useful in helping to ease: anxiety, stress, pain, insomnia, fatigue, high blood pressure and gives us a moment to slow down and rest, connecting to our true nature.
Classes are delivered around West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. Drop me a message for further information.
5 week Neurobiology led Therapeutic Programme
Our nervous and energy systems are under a constant barrage of stress and triggers which drain us, lead to sub optimal health and rob us of vitality. It might be an accident, illness, past trauma, something that just feels stuck and you are ready to let go of, leave behind. Wherever your starting point, we enjoy a 5 week journey together towards good health, restoring agency and certain transformation.
The programme is flexible and developed around those attending, so we have bespoke elements. We usually begin with some information input around different topics, for example:
- neurobiology and what happens when we experience some form of shock, upset, trauma
- the influence of social constructs and archetypes and how these effect our thoughts, beliefs etc
- how essential oils can be a useful tool in managing chronic stress, anxiety or residue of trauma
- how flower essences can be also be used to turn us towards a more positive perspective
We then sink into our yin yoga practice, followed by yoga nidra, pranayama and meditation practice and understand how these practices help ease the hypervigilence in the nervous system and support the process. We then come together and an opportunity to share insights or not, as you feel comfortable. Each week builds upon the previous week. Email me for further dates and prices.
1 day retreats are offered in South Oxfordshire, a day just for you to slow down, switch off, rest and refresh. Blending some qi gong based movement, yoga therapy, yin yoga, massage whilst in asana, poems, music, deep relaxation, yoga nidra, pranayama and meditation. Message me for dates and venues.
Week long retreats are being developed for 2020 and 2021, in stunning nature based settings in both France, Spain and the UK. More information to follow.
1 to 1, private tutoring available contact me for further information