Yoga Nidra is the name given to a particular and quite remarkable state of consciousness. The name comes from the ancient Indian language sanskrit.
"Yoga" means union or one-pointed awareness. "Nidra" means sleep. So when you experience the state of Yoga Nidra in one of my classes in Brighton or Shoreham, or listening to a CD recording, you feel the deep stillness and tranquillity of sleep and yet you retain a unique kind of consciousness, an unusually profound level of awareness, a kind of pure consciousness untainted by habitual thought patterns. In fact the experience is so distinct that words hardly describe the depth and breadth of what occurs in the human mind during Yoga Nidra.
Many people I meet in Brighton and Shoreham are looking for ways of relaxing, calming down, switching off and/or stilling the mind. Some people find themselves thinking too much or having excessive internal chatter whilst others want to learn ways of tackling feelings of stress and anxiety. Beneath all those layers of thoughts, feelings, beliefs and habits (so many habits) is pure consciousness a source of insight and understanding.
Whilst Yoga Nidra itself comes from India, you will find many other ancient traditions engaging with this kind of consciousness e.g. the Huna practices of Hawaii. It seems to me there is more than one way to reach this part of the mind and a variety of ways of using it. Yoga Nidra provides an excellent foundation for working with your own internal wisdom and gaining greater control over your thinking.
Besides naming that state of pure consciousness the term Yoga Nidra is also used to describe the actual process itself of reaching that state. This can be a bit confusing when you first read about it. But as you get used to learning Yoga Nidra you easily realise the distinction between the two meanings - Yoga Nidra the state and Yoga Nidra the practice. You need to practise Yoga Nidra to experience the state of Yoga Nidra. Or, to put it another way, Yoga Nidra leads to Yoga Nidra. So when I teach Yoga Nidra I am teaching you the practice of Yoga Nidra and leading you to the state of Yoga Nidra.
Regular Yoga Nidra is one excellent way of training the mind to develop healthier ways of thinking and feeling.
Here's a short preview of my Yoga Nidra MP3 in which I give a brief introduction to the meditation practice:
You can buy the full length guided meditations for £2 each by clicking on the following links:
Yoga Nidra / Meditation - 26 minute guided meditation (including just the upper chakras) plus introduction - £2.00
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During 2011 I am teaching a series of one-off classes and workshops to help you develop your pure consciousness using Yoga Nidra.
A timetable of my workshops along with venues can be found by following these links
If you would like to come along or for further information contact the venues, ring me on 07771 823651 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.