Sometimes known as "yogic sleep," Yoga Nidra is a practice of conscious relaxation that counters the swirling busy-ness of everyday life and relieves muscular, mental, and emotional tension.
Practiced in a comfortable reclining position - the practice is most often taught as a guided relaxation practices helping you rotate your attention through your body and the various layers of the body/mind/psyche. This heightens awareness and helps you undo habitual patterns of tension, resistance and judgment.
Often we seek rest and rejuvenation through distraction, but true restoration comes with awareness, in a state between sleep and waking, where the senses get a break and the subtle layers increase receptivity.
Think of Yoga Nidra as the Yogi's "power nap"!
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by Nicole Anami Becker
Perhaps this is a chicken/egg kind of a question and we could also ask... When does healing end? What do we even mean by the word 'healing'?
The word healing comes from Old English and means "to make whole".
In the Tantric Yoga Philosophy of India, Wholeness is the fundamental reality and we as individuals are expressions of that Wholeness. Yet, most of us do not feel as if we are walking around every day feeling particularly Whole. Often our bodies hurt, our minds suffer, our hearts ache, our responsibilities and concerns fill us with busyness and disconnection.
The full range of Yoga practices (movement, breath, awareness, rest, and meditation, and ritual) give us the means to remember, reconnect and participate with our fundamental wholeness.
We may choose to focus on movement that supports our frozen shoulder or aching back but at some point as we connect to the deepest part of ourselves we realize that it is the connection with our depth that is the real healing. This type of healing outlasts even our shoulder and back.
Connection with wholeness is the healing.
Author, Nicole Becker
Yoga Therapist, Retreat Leader, and Heart of Yoga Teacher, Nicole Becker offers yoga and self-care insights and tips.