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 meditation practice. One of deep listening and awareness, when the state of mind lies in between wakefulness and dream.
We begin by grounding the body and softening the nervous system with breathwork and healing sound. This is done lying supine on the floor, using props and blankets as desired. 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).
While not everyone emerges 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.
So how can a 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?
We begin lying down, establishing a gentle posture of deep support and ease. You may desire 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. First, you will set your Sankalpa or deepest intention for the practice. Then you will be asked to scan your body and notice 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. You’ll also embark upon guided visualizations of light.
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 in a seated position to honor the space we've created and end our time together in gratitude.
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. Gentle Earth currently facilitates Yoga Nidra + Sound Therapy at Peoples Yoga in Lansing. Check the schedule for more information.
Yoga Nidra + Sound Therapy can be facilitated at corporate events, private family events, yoga collaborations, wellness studios, and retreats. If you would like information about scheduling a group or private session, please contact us. Namasté.