Yoga Nidra – The Path of Effortless Awakening2020-12-24T17:52:24+00:00

Yoga Nidra Questions and Answers

Quick invitations to a deeper understanding of Yoga Nidra

It’s a Simple Way to Reduce Stress. Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation that isn’t found in your average meditation practice.

The stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system leading to deep relaxation and better health.

How do I Do Yoga Nidra? By taking at least 30 minutes to lie down on your back, listen to someone guide you through a staged process of deepening relaxation of body, mind and inviting connection with Essence. This may or may not include stating your Sankalpa – heart’s desire.

There is a real paradox to be experienced in learning “how to do yoga nidra.” This is learning the fabulous benefits of learning “How NOT to do.”

For more on this paradoxical practice of Yoga Nidra you might like to read How do I do Yoga Nidra – Learning how to Not Do but BE

I am working my way through two Yoga Nidra Courses at present with the intention of training to be a Yoga Nidra teacher.

The first course is entitled Reveal and Empower Your Life Purpose Through Yoga Nidra at Udemy. This is a one off purchase at Udemy. This course is more extensive than the other course I am exploring entitled Yoga Nidra – Effortlessly Awakening from Echkart Yoga.

I will be sharing my experience of both these courses as I progress through them.

Yog Nidra – Reveal and Empower Your Life Purpose
Yoga Nidra – Effortlessly Awakening

I used to have the book entitled Yoga Nidra – The Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamini Desi.

This book was so valuable a resource I gave it away to the local prison library where I have taught meditation.

I have read other Yoga Nidra books but this one I would take to a desert island. (For those of you old enough to remember the BBC Radio 4 program Desert Island Discs).

Here are various links to this book: –

I liken a Sankalpa to a journey of discovery. It is the journey of discovering your true heart’s desire.

This is more than goal setting or intention setting. A Sankalpa is more akin to a vow that you take. It is more like a statement of intention that you become rather than practice.

A Sankalpa is part of some Yoga Nidra programs but not all. If this does not appeal then simply practice Yoga Nidra without it.

As your practice deepens then and you move into the 2nd half of life you may well be drawn to explore this invitation to living your purpose by way of Yoga Nidra Sankalpa

If you want to explore this invitation further then I suggest that you might explore the course Reveal and Empower Your Life Purpose

Yoga Nidra, I am glad to say, is becoming more widely recognized.

It may not be that your local yoga class actually advertises Yoga Nidra as a separate course of instruction. I suggest you contact your local studio and ask if they do a yoga nidra program.

If not you might like to explore those styles of yoga such as Restorative Yoga and Flow Yoga.

If none of these are available then try an online course of instruction. I don’t have an instructor and love the adventure of exploring this journey of embodiment myself.

Here are two course of Yoga Nidra instruction that I have personally taken and found of value.

Reveal and Empower Your Life Purpose
Yoga Nidra – Effortlessly Awakening

The best time to practice Yoga Nidra is first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

However, your daily schedule will be different from mine.

You may be a young mother whose time is centred around the needs of a new born. Any time of day is really suitable provided you allow yourself the time and ensure that such time is YOUR time.

Traditionally there are 8 steps to follow in the practice of Yoga Nidra. These steps are:-

  1. Setting and Intention.
  2. Developing your Sanctuary.
  3. Freeing the Mind.
  4. Learning to Concentrate.
  5. Meeting with your emotions.
  6. Meeting with your beliefs.
  7. Discovering your Inherent Joy.
  8. Complete Yoga Nidra.

I will be writing a more detailed description of this that follow the course entitled Yoga Nidra – Effortlessly Awakening

There are now so many Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation recordings available.

Here are some guidelines for how to choose what is BEST for YOU.

• You need to really like the voice of the instructor.
• For a beginner you need to have a recording of at least 30 minutes.
• Decide if you want to include a Sankalpa. (See toogle What is a Yoga Nidra Sankalpa?)
• Listen to a number of recordings on YouTube to get a flavour of what is on offer.

Especially do not start off with a shorter recording than 30 minutes. When listening to a recording be present and ensure that you will not be disturbed during the time you intend to practice.

There are some free Yoga Nidra downloads at the Yoga Nidra Network website.

Free Yoga Nidra Meditation Downloads

The short answer is “No.” I practice Yoga Nidra without the practice of asanas.

Yoga Nidra is a practice of deep relaxation. If you already practice asanas then why not combine Yoga Nidra with these. However, make sure that you allow enough time to enter the Yoga Nidra experience.

This is a minimum (at least for a beginner) of 30 minutes. Combine this with and asana practice and you are looking at around one hour.

In my experience the answer to this question is both “Yes” and “No.”

“Yes” it is like hypnosis in that you enter a deep state of relaxation.

“No” it is not like hypnosis because there is no element of suggestion involved. With Yoga Nidra you are not trying to change the subconscious mind through suggestion.

You are expanding your awareness through a guided meditation. This meditation is an instruction in becoming aware. You enter a state whereby the body and the mind become integrated and allow the healing that needs to take place to do so.

Yoga Nidra allows you to begin to take command of your own healing process rather than be dependent on a hypnotist.

This is not to say that hypnosis is not of value. I found that it did not work for me when I tried it for experience of anxiety  but that is not everyone’s experience.

The side effects of Yoga Nidra might include the following:-

  • You become less reactionary.
  • You learn to feel your feelings.
  • You become less body armoured
  • You experience happiness for no reason.
  • Life becomes more synchronistic.

The above are all the changes that you might (and usually) experience as a result of a committed practice of Yoga Nidra.

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