What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga nidra is referred to as “yogic sleep”, “dynamic sleep” or “psychic sleep” where you learn to relax consciously. In yoga nidra, the body, mind and intellect are completely relaxed and one appears to be sleeping. In the state of yoga nidra, however, the consciousness functions at a deeper level and the subconscious and unconscious realms of the mind are more open. Yoga nidra is a very deep form of relaxation and has been found to reduce tension, anxiety and headaches and is used to help soldiers with PTSD.
The process of yoga nidra is truly accesible for anyone who can lie comfortably on the floor. To practice yoga nidra, you will lie on the floor and are welcome to use supportive props to make the body as relaxed and comfortable as possible. A cushion under the head, a bolster under the knees to release the lower back, or a blanket over the body can greatly enhance the yoga nidra experience by facilitating effortlessly relaxation.
In yoga nidra, practitioners are safely guided through relaxing breath work and visualization by spoken word. Then, they are safely brought back to the conscious state. In this yoga nidra class, we will also work on setting a sankalpa, or focused resolution.
The deeply relaxed state yoga nidra cultivates is an excellent place to seed an intention, a sankalpa. The sankalpa is a short mental statement which is impressed on the subconscious mind when it is receptive and sensitive to autosuggestion during yoga nidra. Your sankalpa is a goal you want to fulfill in the next six to eighteen months and should be a goal to help you fulfill your dharma, your purpose in life. The most effective sankalpa is made when you are not intellectually active, but when your mind is calm and quiet.
Learn to Teach Conscious Relaxation:
Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29, 2018
Nature Yoga Studio
2021 W. Division St.
Learn to safely and confidently teach guided relaxation, yoga nidra. Yoga nidra means “yogic sleep”, a powerful healing and transformational technique where the practitioner is verbally guided through deeper states of relaxation and self-awareness. Practiced laying down or sitting up, yoga nidra is safe for all practitioners and is used to relieve symptoms of PTSD in clinical studies. Yoga nidra can be taught as a stand alone practice or as part of a complete yoga practice. Bring this powerful technique to your students and clients to offer a deeper experience of self-inquiry and rest. Teaching, counseling, healing, or working therapeutically with clients is strongly suggested to take this workshop. Expect to practice several different systems of yoga nidra. There is a slideshow lecture, and you will receive scripts to practice teach in this nurturing, safe environment. Delve deeply into yoga nidra through the refinement of teaching techniques and methodology.
Yoga Alliance CE credits available. You must commit to the full training, single day attendance is not permitted. Expect minimal movement. There will be a thirty minute break each day. A complimentary PDF of the book “Yoga Nidra” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati is provided.
Registration info to come! This is my last nidra training in 2018.
Mia Park has studied the art of yoga nidra with many teachers, including iRest with Richard Miller, Total Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, the Himalayan tradition with Rolf Solvik, and Satyananda Yoga Nidra with Rod Stryker and Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati. Mia has over 1500 hours of training in traditions that include doaist taiji, tantra, yoga therapy, trauma informed yoga, yoga for children and seniors, meditation, alignment, and more. She is a Level 1 Rest and Renew Teacher, certified Rest and Renew restorative yoga teacher, Certified Integrated Ayurvedic Practitioner and Advanced Yoga Teacher, and is currently becoming an IAYT Yoga Therapist in the Viniyoga tradition. She is an E-RYT 500, 200 CYT, a Domestic Violence Advocate, and volunteer teaches prenatal yoga in Cook County Jail and at a domestic violence center.