Yoga Nidra comes from an ancient Tantric tradition for cultivating a mental sense of quietude and deep physical and emotional relaxation. Nidra, in Sanskrit, means sleep and the state of Yoga Nidra is one of conscious rest, whereby the practitioner sustains the liminal state between sleep and wakefulness for the duration of the practice. In sleep medicine this state, predominated by alpha brain waves, is called the hypnogogic state. Throughout history some of the greatest minds: Einstein, Niels Bohr, Mozart, Jung have spoken of this state as the realm from which their intuitive insights and creative inspiration have arisen. From the yogic perspective, it is in this state that we are able to by-pss the waking ego that often stands guard, preventing us from dropping into the subconscious or even unconscious levels.
Yoga Nidra plays with this receptivity to free our minds from habitually held beliefs, emotions and thought patterns that entrap us in confusion, fear, anxiety and doubt. The practice requires nothing more than curiosity and a non-judgmental attitude that welcomes whatever arises. This helps re-train our nervous system to become comfortable with the wide-range of potential responses to life that lie between freaking out and checking out. It is in this mid-range of relaxed wakefulness that we meet ourselves with compassion and come to experience the world as a safe and interesting playground for us to explore.
We welcome you to the practice of Yoga Nidra. Robin's soothing voice and beautiful imagery combined with Nancy's melodic, evocative music induce a state of calm well-being, teaching you how to redirect your mind and free your Spirit. Make yourself completely comfortable in a resting position on the floor. I recommend a soft pad or pillow under your head, and a bolster under your knees. Turn off the phone, unplug from the rest of the world and ENJOY!
Blessings, Robin and Nancy