YOGA NIDRA + SOUND THERAPY
“You are the presence that exists in your own heart.” Rod Stryker
WE BEGIN TO OPEN TO THAT PLACE IN OURSELVES WHERE WE ARE LOVE, WHICH IS THE SAME AS THE ONE CALLED AWARENESS.
The Yoga Sutras speak of multiple states of mind, one of which is Nidra, the quality of active dreaming. It means "the yoga of sleep," but don't be fooled by the word “yoga” in the title—this is a profound meditation practice. One of deep listening and awareness, where the state of mind lies somewhere between wakefulness and dreaming.
How can the practice of simply lying down and being guided through meditation provoke such remarkable benefits? When we are aligned with our True Self through AND as deep Awareness, we experience the part of ourselves that is always perfect. More simply, we experience ourselves as Awareness. The practice does not give us anything we don't already have. Rather, it helps us remove the layers that conceal our fundamental wholeness, a wholeness that has always been and will always be.
WHAT IS THE FLOW OF THIS PRACTICE?
Our time begins by grounding the body and softening the nervous system with breathwork and healing sound. This is done lying supine as we establish a gentle posture of deep support and ease. You may use a blanket under your head, one to keep you warm, perhaps an eye pillow, and a bolster under your knees for support. The goal is to make yourself as comfortable as possible because you’ll be in this position for about 60-minutes.
As the body starts to relax, participants will set an intention—a Sankalpa and then be guided through different sheaths of Yoga Nidra: the Annamaya kosha (physical body), Pranamaya kosha (energetic body), Manomaya kosha (mental), Vijnamaya kosha (intuitive body), and finally, the Anandamaya kosha (bliss body). You will be asked to scan your body and notice any arising sensations. You’ll become aware of your breath and the meditation will provide guided instruction as to how to breathe in order to drop deeper into your resting state.
Sounds and vibrations from varying sacred instruments will be woven into the meditation and once the guided portion is complete, deeper relaxation is facilitated through a soundscape journey. At the end of the practice, the room will rest in silence for a moment before you will be invited to bring energy back to your body. We finish this practice in a seated position to honor the space we've created and end our time together in gratitude.
While not everyone emerges Yoga Nidra in a state of absolute enlightenment, returning practitioners happily share that this has gifted them with a wide array of benefits, including lowered stress, being less reactive, increased feelings of happiness, improved sleep, lowered blood pressure, diminished anxiety, relief from depression, increased energy and creativity, better digestion, greater optimism, spiritual insight, confidence, and a grounding sense of purpose and clarity.
Yoga Nidra + Sound Therapy is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs. Accessible to everyone, this combined practice gently guides the body, mind, and breath into a restorative state of inner peace and tranquility.
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60 Minute Private Session - $75
Gentle Earth also offers group Yoga Nidra + Sound Therapy instruction (variable costs) for corporate events, private family gatherings, wellness studios, and retreats. For more information on these services, or to book, please contact Betty directly. Namasté.