Years ago high stress and sleepless nights motivated me to begin the practice of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep/deep relaxation). The first few times I tried this artful form of deep rest I had the sensation of falling. It was very hard for me to surrender as I was invited to drop away from my usual hyper-alert state into relaxation. I responded by tensing and startling myself awake. Looking back I am amazed at how afraid I was just to let go. After months of practice I was able to surrender and be lulled into a deep relaxation, I fluctuated in and out of conscious awareness. During this period I accepted Yoga Nidra as a very lovely technique for creative napping and I would awake feeling refreshed and peaceful. More recently, I have had a few opportunities to spend intensive periods (three weeks or more) practicing Yoga Nidra every day. This consistent practice over an extended period of time has been astonishing; I have found myself letting go more and more deeply into a profoundly relaxed state yet at the same time I am present and completely awake. It is here, as the practice of Yoga Nidra dictates, where I plant the seed of change, set a Sankalpa (an intention), shift my limiting thought patterns and tap into my own innate source of bliss known to the yogis as the Anandamaya Kosha. My sleep patterns have improved, my stress levels decreased, moments filled with boundless joy in my life have increased tenfold and I feel incredibly empowered with this Phoenix like tool of change just at my fingertips. I can honestly say that three weeks of consistent Yoga Nidra has helped me unwind and undo years of accumulated tensions, so much quicker and more fully than 20 years of yoga asana.
I invite you to discover the amazing benefits of Yoga Nidra for yourself. For a free, full length guided Yoga Nidra with a brief instruction audio, just sign up on the home page of my personal website: www.lizheffernan.com. During our advanced teacher training course we will be diving into the theory, techniques, and methodology in order to learn to guide others through this transformative journey.
Give yourself this gift -- allow yourself to be guided into a place of deep rest, ease, wellbeing and joy. Let me know what you think.
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, Integrative Yoga Therapist
Yoga Teacher Training Director
Soma Yoga Institute