What is Yoga Nidra, and what are its benefits?
Yoga nidra means psychic sleep. Sleep rests the body, but yoga nidra rests both the mind and body. When you are asleep, your consciousness sleeps in your astral body, but in yoga nidra your consciousness is awake within. Yoga nidra performs two beneficial functions. It removes fatigue and invigorates the body. The stresses and strains of daily life create tensions and these rob the mind of its serenity. Yoga nidra removes tensions and restores the elasticity of your mind.
In the modern world a high percentage of people remain in a state of tension and frustration. This continuous level of tension in the body, mind and emotions predisposes the individual towards psychological and psychosomatic disorders. Modern psychology as well as yogic philosophy believes in three kinds of tension – muscular tensions, emotional tensions and mental tensions – which can be progressively released through the systematic and regular practice of yoga nidra.
Muscular tension results from nervous and endocrinal imbalances. It manifests in the form of stiffness and rigidity in the physical body. In the practice of yoga nidra the body is progressively relaxed, which in turn releases the accumulated muscular tensions.
Repressed emotions manifest in the form of emotional tension. In the practice of yoga nidra, the practitioner slowly moves towards the deeper realms of the mind where he or she confronts the deep-rooted emotional tensions. When the practitioner recognizes these emotional tensions with full awareness and a witnessing attitude, then repressed emotions are released and the practitioner becomes calm and tranquil.
Due to excessive activity on the mental plane, the mind always remains in a state of arousal, which results in mental tension. Throughout life the mind is fed with negative data. In the practice of yoga nidra, especially in rotation of consciousness and breath awareness, the mind is relaxed, thereby releasing the mental tensions.
In this way, through the regular and sincere practice of yoga nidra, tensions at the physical, emotional and mental level can be minimized, clearing the way to spiritual progress.
How to practice Yoga Nidra? This practice is best learned at first through a teacher. Once the practitioner is comfortable in it, he or she may practice it regularly with the help of a CD.
Lina’s classes are simple with detailed emphasis on proper body alignment in asana practices on one side to safely gain physical flexibility and strength, reduce pain, and age gracefully. And on the other side restoring the mind to simplicity and peace with practices such as pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation.
Lina teacher, student, began her journey into yoga over 20 years ago out of her mother’s passion about yoga.
Student of Iyengar & Satyananda yoga traditions, she’s been giving classes for 10 years, running her own yoga studio, organizing yoga retreats and workshops locally & internationally.
By combining the Eastern philosophies of yoga and meditation with our very active Western lifestyle, and through her own personal experiences, she can relate to students, lovingly sharing with them and giving them the teachings of yoga, while seeing them harvest the transforming effects on their bodies and minds.
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Class duration is 1 hour 30 minutes