Which is the process of Conscious Sleep
The practice of Yoga Nidra is happening in Savasana, lying on the floor completely relaxed. The duration varies from 20 to 45 minutes and you are guided mentally, no movements required, just lying on your mat.
Yoga Nidra starts with a total relaxation of body and senses.
At this point, you are called to choose your “Sankalpa”, a strong intention that is created by the combination of your heart and your mind. Sankalpa’s role is to regulate and balance your mind with your body.
It works like a seed inside your mind during the yoga nidra practice, it is a way to bring new paradigms into your mental state.
An example of Sankalpa could be “ I am healthy” or “ I release the things that weight me down” or “I release my need for smoking”…
The “journey” of consciousness all around the body.
It is a mental process and no movement is taking place.
The only thing you should “do” is follow the voice of the instructor, making sure that you won’t fall asleep.
You just breath normally in your own pace with no effort to change or control your breath. In this way, a total relaxation is achieved and an energy of higher frequency is coming inside your body, vitalising all your cells.
Senses and Emotions.
The purpose of this stage is to awaken all the suppressed emotions, so they can come up and finally be released.
Your emotional body finds now a relief from any traumatic experience or remembrance.
Visualization and mental relaxation.
In this stage as you visualise the images that the instructor describes, your mental body is cleansing and releasing old and unwanted thoughts. Through this process you obtain complete mental clarity.
Now you are ready to enter into a meditative state and experience total unity.
The practice of yoga nidra ends with an image of deep calmness, creating space and making your mind receptive to any positive statement. This is the perfect moment to repeat your “Sankalpa”(check stage 2).
The practice is finished when the instructor asks you to sit up and come back to your conscious state.