Dream Yourself Awake: A Personalized Yoga Nidra Practice
“A dream is a sophisticated, imaginative text that you send to yourself each night...a dream that has not been interpreted is like a letter unopened.” (John O’Donohue)
There are many dreams in this world. We have night dreams, we have day dreams and we also have hopes, goals and aspirations. Our dreams guide us and urge us, helping us move towards our true nature. Through a continued practice of Yoga Nidra, we can fully access our dreams and all that they offer in the manifestation of our highest being. By practicing in the position of Savasana (lying on the back) one can allow the body to surrender and release resistance of the body, mind and spirit. Here, the fertile soil of the subconscious mind can be nurtured with a seed of intention to grow and expand into waking consciousness.
Yoga Nidra is a deeply restorative and cleansing practice that brings into harmony:
- The body through relaxation and sleep (where the body repairs itself).
- The mind through guided instructions such as rotating consciousness in the body, breathing, awareness of sensations/feelings, and image visualization that assist the brain to make new connections (improving neuroplasticity) & release old thought patterns.
- The spirit through accessing different levels of consciousness to aid in the manifestation of our highest being.
Yoga Nidra has been used to aid in the reduction of tension, stress and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain also respond well to the practice. Not only does Yoga Nidra go far beyond combating stressful influences and correcting the imbalances created by poor stress management, it also lends itself to “stress-resistance”. Yoga Nidra provides a means of transforming tension and one can positively utilize it as a stepping stone to greater awareness, efficiency and achievement.
There are many levels to Yoga Nidra that can be tailored for an individual to help focus the benefits towards specific ailments/dis-ease of the body as well as guide manifestation of an intention such as emotional release, shift in perception, new awareness of consciousness, etc. This personalized practice will be directed to your specific needs and desires.
A Personalized Yoga Nidra Practice Includes:
- Personalized Recorded Yoga Nidra Session (40 min)
- Personalized Stretches/Asana to do before practice and prepare your body into relaxation.
- Condensed Yoga Nidra Script
- For Children: Two Personalized Recorded Yoga Nidra Sessions (15 min each) with a couple stretches to do before bed and optional follow up questions.
A questionnaire will be sent via the order confirmation email. This questionnaire will help provide information about where you are physically, energetically, mentally, and spiritually and highlight areas of concern or areas of desired improvement. This will be taken into consideration to help focus the practice and guide the appropriate visualizations and techniques. Within 1 week of the completed questionnaire, you will be sent a personalized recorded Yoga Nidra session for the maximum benefits of your desired intention. Along with the recorded session, you will be given several stretches/yoga poses to help assist your physical body into relaxation prior to the practice. A condensed Yoga Nidra Script will also be provided to guide you through a shortened practice or cat nap (~12 min) if time does not allow for a full practice, or for a much needed break at work.
For the children's practice (ages 8 to 14), both the recorded sessions will be organized with the parent's collaboration. The two can be alternated to hold the child's interest with variety. The practice can be tailored to aid with insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, attention, aggression and other situations. One or two stretches will be given to be done prior to the session. Optional: For those who would like, follow up questions for the parents to understand the child's experiences can be provided.