Pranayama & yoga Nidra 

Yoga Nidra

 Bliss for your brain

"Yoga Nidra means sleep with a trace of awareness. It is a state of mind between wakefulness and dream. When you practice yoga nidra, you are opening the deeper phases of your mind. At this moment, your intellectual mind is operating, but when you are able to relax, the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind open." ~ Swami Styananda Saraswati

I was first introduced to yoga nidra while attending Hatha Yoga classes (from Sivananda lineage) back in Chile and find this to be an essential aspect of the practice where we get to absorb all of the benefits of it in mind, body and spirit, that is why I include this in all of the classes I teach.

Practicing yoga nidra is a great opportunity to give ourselves nourishment through "Presence" and helps us dissolve the obstacles that get on the way of experiencing a sense of calmness, ease and harmony. 

Before beginning your practice with the audio:

 ~ Find a quiet place to practice (hopefully a place with no distractions.)

~ Turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode and let people in your house know that you will be doing your practice.

~ Wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict circulation.

~ You could either be seated or you could also lie on a comfortable surface like a mat or a rug. I wouldn't recommend the bed as our subconscious mind associates this with sleep, and as much as possible we try to remain awake throughout the practice (unless you are using this practice to help you fall asleep at night in which case is fine to be in bed.)

~ Optional : Affirm a resolve for your practice. In Sanskrit, this resolve or resolution is called "Sankalpa" and it's a powerful  short mental statement that you make before you start the practice such as "I am whole, I am at peace, I am awake, I am aware and I welcome every perception and sensation" 

For more info on how to create your Sankalpa, click here 

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The benefits of a regular practice of  yoga Nidra include deep rest and relaxation.  The different stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, altering brainwaves and leading to less stress and better health. Overall, it brings a sense of well-being and allows a deeper connection to yourself =)

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