The Simple Technique To Get Rid Of Stress, Once And For All
Yoga Nidra translates literally as Yogic Sleep, and is a practice that has become more and more popular as a way to integrate our experiences, create balance and foster a general sense of wellness.
Many doctors have even begun to prescribe Yoga Nidra as a way to support healing and prevent many common ailments.
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Are You Really Relaxed?
In our modern society life often moves very quickly — so quickly in fact that we don’t always have the time or space to fully release tensions.
We may sit down at the end of the day with a glass of wine or in front of the television to relax, but don’t often fully let go of chattering thoughts in our minds or find healthy ways to ease the stress in our bodies.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful practice that allows for the release of mental, emotional and physical tensions in a gentle and accessible way.
In my personal journey, I came across Yoga Nidra when I was living in Australia and going through a slow and painful breakup with a partner.
I tried out a new yoga studio in my neighborhood with a Satyananda Yoga teacher and discovered the power of Yoga Nidra.
This simple, guided relaxation was so powerful for me and really supported me when I wanted to make positive changes in how I related to others and in my life as a whole.
Examine and Change Your Samskaras
By allowing us to access deeper levels of our consciousness, Samskaras — mental and emotional patterns — can be brought to light and, over time, changed through Yoga Nidra.
These patterns are often seen as ‘ruts’ in our mind that may be inherited or developed from personal experience, ideas and actions.
They may be positive or negative and often play out through the course our lives.
At the beginning of each Yoga Nidra practice, we are offered the opportunity to set a Sankalpa — a resolve, similar to an intention.
Through this resolve, which should be allowed to arise naturally from your heart space, we can begin to change our negative Samskaras to create new, healthy grooves in our mind.
Positive action follows and many people, including myself, see growth and new ways of living arise in their lives.
As I continued with the practice, I was able to see how some of my actions and thoughts were sabotaging my best intentions to live peacefully and with compassion.
The overall result of a regular Yoga Nidra practice is the ability to flow through life with more ease and with good health, allowing us to enjoy our day-to-day experiences more fully.
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