Yoga Nidra is a jewel and it can be yours forever
Yoga Nidra is about the exploration of the many facets of your multidimensional being from a state of deep relaxation and conscious witnessing.
While you lie comfortably and supported on your back, you are guided by the voice of the teacher who follows a template to induce complete, physical, mental and emotional relaxation to create a window of opportunity to FEEL and SEE what you really are: pure consciousness. Everything is possible with Yoga Nidra. And with a continuous practice it can change the way you perceive yourself, the human experience and everything around you completely and forever.
External awareness including sense awareness is withdrawn during the practice and you can experience how it really FEELS like to exist with inward awareness only and create from that place of complete detachment of external factors to the point where you are no longer aware that there is an external. Which also means that nothing in the external has power over you. Many of us know that we can decide how we experience life and that we have the choice to become hung up on the external or to create in absence of external awareness and from a place of inner awareness through our connection to source. In Yoga Nidra you can EXPERIENCE how that knowing actually FEELS like.
Yoga means 'union' and nidra means 'sleep'
As you enter this yogic sleep you enter the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness. This is were true magic happens and were contact with subconscious and unconscious dimensions can occur. It is where consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from sleep.
You remain awake during the practice and consciously witness whatever it is that unfolds while you journey through the five body koshas or five layers of your personality.
This can be a truly powerful experience.
The calmer the mind prior to the practice of Yoga Nidra, the easier it will be to sink into the experience of the koshas. Asanas of any kind can be an excellent way to get the body and mind ready for a Nidra practice. One of the traditional purposes of asanas was indeed to prepare the mind for meditation. There are many other ways to shift the mind from a fight or flight way of operating to a more calm and present state. Simply lying down and observing one's breath while listening to relaxing music is one of many ways. In most cases and especially in a yoga nidra class, the instructor will guide you into a more relaxed state before he begins the practice of Yoga Nidra.
It is important to lie completely still on the back in shavasana, supported by whatever it is that will help you feel comfortable and warm such as a blanket, a bolster to support your knees, an eye cover and a pillow for your head. The only one of the five senses that you consciously remain aware of during the practice is your hearing sense needed for you to be able to follow the voice of the instructor.
Planting your Sankalpa
A sankalpa is a personal resolve. It comes in the form of a positive statement and is something that you truly wish to anchor in your reality. Something you deeply desire. The quality of the soil into which you plant the seed of your Sankalpa determines the quality of the fruits it will bear. Our brain has become receptive to whatever it is we feed it with once it has shifted from a beta-state of mind of alertness and critical reasoning to an alpha state of mind characterized by relaxed detachment and neutrality. This is another reason why inducing relaxation of the whole body system is so important before the sankalpa is mentally stated three times. It allows us to access sacred ground where information can be planted and healing can occur without the interference of our conditioned mind.
To store your sankalpa as new information in your subconscious mind it is essential to state it from a space of thought-emotion alignment in order to create a powerful coherent force field of attraction so that the universe can respond and deliver accordingly. To make your intention as heart felt and authentic as possible, you must feel it and 'know it' in every cell of your body/mind/sensory system.
After you planted the seed of your sankalpa in the quiet space of your mind the journey through the five body koshas can begin.
The 5 Koshas
1. Anamaya Kosha
The official practice of Yoga Nidra begins with the rotation of your consciousness through different parts of your body to induce a state of deep relaxation.
Your physical body will literally sink heavy into the floor as the body releases chronic muscular tensions and holding patterns and as the mind begins to detach from the physical body. This detachment from or letting go of your physical vessel happens because all the nerve pathways to the brain, both those governing the physical activity and those receiving incoming information are being cleared as your awareness progressively moves through parts of your body in the same order those areas of the body are mapped out in the motor cortex of the brain.
2. Pranamaya Kosha
You will then be guided into the experience of your energy body or pranic body through your breath. The breath forms an intimate relationship with the energy body and is a powerful tool for a smooth transition into and connection with the energy body. By placing our focus on the breath we become more aware of subtle energies intertwined with our breath. You might experience how it FEELS like to be made up of pure energy and how the physical vehicle is a reflection of the arrangement and movement of atomic particles within your energy field. Here, we observe the breath following it back and forth. We take note that the body breathes itself. Visualizing colors paired with breath awareness can enhance the experience and can allow for the receipt of vibrational information stored within a particular color spectrum. Especially for beginners of Yoga Nidra, counting the breath can be a helpful way not only to sharpen ability and focus over time, but to 'feed' the left brain hemisphere allowing the right brain to engage in the experience without interference of the logical part of the brain.
3. Manamaya Kosha
We then enter the plane of feelings and sensations where intense physical or emotional sensations are recalled and awakened with the pairing of opposites such as heaviness/lightness or joy/anger, etc. The limbic brain becomes engaged and we are given the opportunity to experience sensations and feelings without an object, hence without a negative or positive charge to them, but from a state of neutrality. The strings attached to past memories can begin to thin as profound feelings and sensations are relived and their charge removed. By awakening sensations and emotions, the centres of the brain responsible for maintaining balance between the external and internal world are stimulated. Both hemispheres of the brain regain overrall balance including emotional balance and control over functions that are normally unconscious. Our every day life can then be exerienced from a state of emotional neutrality.
4. Vijnanamaya Kosha
This part of the practice draws on the profound power of imagery and visualization. Imagination is a our natural ability to create imagery, visuals, 'movie clips' and so on. Thought is imagination and imagination is the fuel for the manifestation of experiences, realities and entire universes. Everything we see is real otherwise we could not see it. In Yoga Nidra visualization is triggered in different ways depending on the respective Nidra. During 'rapid visualization' the practitioner is asked to visualize numerous images, often with universal significance and powerful association. In Yoga Nidra images are merely 'received' and witnessed - not only as visual projections, but also as kinesthetic sensations in the body, as muscular, auditory, smelled or intuitive sensations. By being open to merely receive images, we receive their encoded vibratory information. We also set the stage for the purging of painful material to occur.
Longer visualisations can consist of nature journeys, they can be designed to speed up healing or focus on the human chakra system to name a few. The possibilities are infinite. The vijnanamaya kosha can also provide us with the experience of the astral plane and be the gateway into establishing a connection with the part of us operating in the astral dimension. This can, for instance, occur during longer visualizations, especially in gaps between guided imagery - if allowed for by the instructor - and serve as jumping boards into psychic experiences.
5. Anandamaya Kosha
Yoga Nidra can be the window to enter Samadhi. Gliding into the cradle of god, the void, the total absence of pleasure or pain, the absence of identity and ego. Consciousness itself. A state of being the being. You will not remember your name, in fact you won't remember that you have a name.
The anandamaya kosha is the most subtle body of all. I was going to write it is the experience of source itself. Yes and no. Strictly speaking, the instrument of experience has been totally transcended. So there is no experience. Sensations or feelings produce mental fluctuations, which form an experience. However, the awareness of pain or pleasure is absent in the anandamaya kosha and human language incapable of describing this state.
Throughout the practice of yoga nidra we can lose track of the guiding voice of the instructor. This may happen if we temporarily drift into sleep. We might also lose conscious connection of our hearing sense -at least for a while - when we are absorbed by the exploration of the subconscious and unconscious spheres or when our sensory channels have completely disconnected from our mind and once we entered the state of pure awareness.
From womb life on, part of our human template is as receptive for fast and unconscious absorption of parental, societal and religious belief systems and doctrines as a sponge's ability to absorb water. The conditioning is deep and imprints on a cellular level. Part of the ascension journey is the recognition and transmutation of the belief systems that keep us locked within a time-coded illusionary reality of separation , wrong vs. right, lack, fear, distrust, competition, guilt, unworthiness, etc.
Once we recognize the beliefs we unconsciously adapted and once we begin to address the emotional impact that growing up in a hostile earthly environment held together by named beliefs systems had on the innocent child within us, we can begin to create new beliefs. Beliefs are a creation of the mind and in truth nothing static unless we wish them to be. We can now permanently re-program our mind by replacing the old belief-systems with beliefs about ourselves that support our true expansion on Gaia into beings of pure light and love with infinite potential.
Awareness, observation and persistence is key to creating new beliefs and to allow the re-wiring of our brain neurons. Our mind is incredibly receptive and open to receive new information when it is in a relaxed state or, in other words, producing alpha waves in the brain. Once our brain state changes to the frequency of alpha waves and beyond, our mind can be 'fed' with and 'assimilate' new information more effectively and sustainably without the critical and conditioned mind interfering.
Practicing Yoga Nidra induces a balanced brain activity of alpha waves and beyond making it an excellent tool for re-programming the mind.
Several false beliefs about yourself are likely to be swirling around in your personal energy field. However, you might experience life through the lense of one dominating core belief that you hold and which determines greatly, how you perceive yourself and others around you and what reality you create with this 'limited vision'. For more on unleashing false beliefs about yourself and creating new beliefs.
Planting a Sankalpa - synonymous for a positive affirmation or new belief - is at the heart of Yoga Nidra. Once we have identified our number 1 false belief, we can create a personal Sankalpa and begin to work with it continuously until we truly feel that our belief has sustainably replaced our false core belief.
An other aspect of Yoga Nidra and why it can provide enormous support on the Ascension Journey is tasting, feeling and merging higher dimensional perception into earthly reality.
Yoga Nidra can also be a support tool for
- Integrating E-motions
- receiving healing (amplified by invoking celestial support)
- calming of mind and nervous system and all other bodily systems
- ability to focus
- anchor point during purging waves etc.
The more we do Yoga Nidra the more we allow higher energies to come in since it makes us more open and susceptible and less prone to 'false-control' energy.
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