Yoga Nidra with John Stuart
As we navigate life, having resources that assist us with our day to day challenges is essential for our overall well-being. Especially, with our current global climate…
If any of the conditions below pertain or are of interest, Yoga Nidra may be a wonderful resource for you:
Decreased levels of stress response symptoms, depression, anxiety neurosis, muscular tension, high blood pressure/cardiac strain and psychosomatic disorders Increased levels of creativity, self-esteem/confidence, perceptual awareness, emotional connectivity/maturity, psychic development and overall mental acuity.
Of Tantric origin, Yoga Nidra is a systematic approach utilizing the rotation of consciousness through our body inducing complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation where our conscious mind and subconscious realm meet in harmony.
Rather than externalizing our experience, we return towards our own inner divinity.
Essentially, we rewire our neural pathways to “gradually go beyond the realm of conditional human sufferings which arise out of attachment and aversion for the duality of life experiences.”
One of the essential seeds that allow for the practice of Yoga Nidra to be as potent as it is, is the introduction of Sankalpa.
Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to a heartfelt desire, a solemn vow or a one-pointed resolve to align philosophically, psychologically and physiologically with an intended outcome that resonates deeply with our inner calling. Our sankalpa is a tool to connect, remember and experience our personal truth and dharmic path.
During the practice of Yoga Nidra, we are invited to speak our Sankalpa. This is a resolve we create in the form of a short statement that plants the seed we wish to sow in our daily experience. This is a very potent directive in the germination of our deep, inner, Soul felt Yes as it goes beyond our conditioned personality and emotional identification. The intent of Sankalpa is to influence and transform our patterns mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically at the subtle energetic level.
“Therefore, realize with a still mind your own true nature, which is the one pure, undivided consciousness underlying the restless mind which is composed of the whole universe in all its diversity. Realize, with a still mind, the state between sleep and wakefulness… This is the real Self, inherent in which one is no longer deluded.” - Tripura Rahasya