We live in a busy world full of constant movement, interaction and tension. The hectic pace of life makes it difficult to balance and harmonise our body and mind, let alone centre into the deeper aspects of our being. This results in a dispersion of our vital energy as it is frittered away through fidgeting, worrying and stress. We live in a busy world full of constant movement, interaction and tension. The hectic pace of life makes it difficult to balance and harmonise our body and mind, let alone centre into the deeper aspects of our being. This results in a dispersion of our vital energy as it is frittered away through fidgeting, worrying and stress.
Isolating and insulating ourselves from the chaos of daily life is usually beyond our control. However relaxation loosens the grip that the pace of living has over our mind and body. By learning to consciously release and relax we slow down the body processes. Energy is subsequently conserved and redirected within the body to areas needing healing and nurturing.
Whenever a computer or mobile stops functioning or 'freezes' the technician starts their 'treatment' of the issue with a very high tech solution - they turn it off and turn it back on! Like a miracle many issues dissolve and the gadget often starts to work again. Our bodies also benefit from being switched off and 'restarted' occasionally. However due to the amount of stress that we retain, many people can't relax even when sleeping, and the body struggles to reset and refresh itself. This leads to exhaustion, burn out and stress related illness.
Relaxation should be the easiest of things to do. But in reality it is an art. The ability to relax consciously and at will is a wonderful skill to have. The Yoga In Daily Life System incorporates relaxation into every class, acknowledging the importance that it has in balancing and nurturing the body. Emphasis is also laid on relaxing during the postures and between postures. A complete practice balances strength, movement, relaxation and stillness.
One of the special techniques of yoga taught at our Yoga In Daily Life centre is the deep relaxation practice called Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra translates as the sleep of the Yogis and is a technique handed down through generations of advanced Yogis and shared with us by the founder of our school, Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranand Ji.
Yoga Nidra is a relaxation practice, however it is far more than that. Yoga Nidra is not a passive state, it is a creative state within deep relaxation where one's awareness is heightened to all bodily sensations to expand one's consciousness. It is a state of intense receptivity and rejuvenation for the body, mind and soul, far more powerful than normal states of sleep.
Another integral part of the Yoga Nidra practice is Sankalpa. Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as resolve or resolution. During Yoga Nidra sankalpa is used as a powerful method of reshaping personality and life direction along positive lines. The seeds of change and transformation are sown during the deep relaxation state by repeating and releasing a positive affirmation, affecting the deepest layers of consciousness. A strong, wisely chosen sankalpa can create a new, positive direction of ones whole life.
When we release tension it is not just a release on the mental level. There is release for all systems of the body allowing us to function better. Muscular, Emotional and Mental Tension are released whilst the respiratory, cardiac, digestive and immune systems are all able to rejuvenate as release occurs.
Some of the benefits of Yoga Nidra are:
• Restores energy to the body
• Harnesses prana (bodily energy) for self healing by consciously directing the breath to weakened or diseased areas
• Rejuvenates the body and mind of people affected by stress
• Brings rest to the mind after mental exertion
• Releases fear, anxiety and worry
• Strengthens willpower
• Increases concentration, ability to focus and efficiency in all our daily activities
• Helps to make distance from the contents of the mind to rest in one's inner peace
• Helps to get better sleep
Yoga Nidra is a special practice. Beautiful to experience. Accessible to people of all ages and body types. It's powerful benefits and soft approach mean that it is a wonderful practice for all to do and enjoy.
Yoga Nidra is the featured practice in our Urban Yoga Retreat comming up 15 August 2018.