The Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that’s becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation.
Benefits include reduced stress and better sleep. It also has the potential to heal psychological wounds and can bring about a profound sense of joy and well being.
Aim to do it the same time every day, and try not to fall asleep!
When practicing Yoga Nidra you must lie in Savasana, Corpse Pose. If your lower back is tight, place a pillow beneath your knees to release any tension.
When you practice Yoga Nidra you will be prompted to repeat your ‘Sankalpa’.
Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means an intention formed by the heart and mind — a solemn vow, determination, or will. In practical terms, a Sankalpa means a one-pointed resolve to focus both psychologically and philosophically on a specific goal.
Sankalpa translates to your ‘intention’. Your intention is a positive affirmation that you wish to acquire, it must be in the present tense, positive, and something that takes a while to acquire. For instance, if you are working with fertility, your Sankalpa could be ‘I am happy, healthy, and pregnant’. Or if you want to give up smoking, it may be, ‘I am a happy, successful, non-smoker’.
Through this practice, you are planting your seed of intention in your mind, making this a potent way to work with our subconscious.
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