LOMPOC, CA Yoga Nidra
When consciousness is operating with intellect and all the senses, the mind is less receptive and more critical; therefore, Yoga Nidra practice guides you to a state of conscious deep sleep, while maintaining an inner awareness. Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is one aspect of pratyahara yoga practice.
Type of Event
- General Event
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You may think plopping down on the couch and turning on the TV, listening to music, or reading a book at the end of a stressful day are all forms of relaxation; however, these things don’t meet the scientific definition of true relaxation. These activities are only sensory diversions. For true physical, mental, and emotional relaxation your brain must remain aware without concentration.
Although asana is the most commonly practiced stage of yoga in the West, pratyahara is another stage on the path to Samadhi (enlightment). Pratyahara is considered a method to achieve a higher state of consciousness. The practice begins by creating a sankalpa (intention or resolve), what Joseph Campbell referred to as a “call to awakening.” Your sankalpa is used to influence and transform your life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
*The Practice: The entire practice is performed lying on your back, in Savasana. The teacher will guide you through a Yoga Nidra practice, which includes setting a sankalpa, a rotation of consciousness through the entire body, an awareness of breath, feelings, and sensations, and a short visualization. Unlike meditation (when you remain in the waking state of consciousness and gently focus the mind; allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to come and go) in Yoga Nidra you leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state, and into deep sleep, while remaining awake.