Yoga means Union….Nidra means sleep…..combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation.
Sleep plays an important role in your health. Sleep is involved in healing and repairing the body and mind. Many people suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression and numerous of other ailments…..creating stress in everyday life. This stress creates excess tension in the body and mind and needs to be rebalanced with relaxation….for absolute relaxation you must remain aware. In Yoga Nidra we do not fall asleep but stay at that edge of sleep and consciously aware. The body is asleep but the mind is alert and responding. 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of sleep.
Yoga Nidra is a sleep based meditation technique that guides you into a deep relaxed state. It is done lying down or you can sit in a chair with your spine straight….. getting yourself as comfortable as you possibly can. In meditation your temperature may drop so you may want to cover yourself with a blanket…..you may also want an eye pillow or eye mask to ensure inward focus. Each technique progressively moves your awareness from outside the body and deeper into the body. In this relaxed state you are no longer attached to body and mind (thinking and doing) you are at a state of feeling and being, thus giving you the ability to hear your intuitive guidance.
About 5 years ago under a lot of stress and on the brink of divorce I discovered Yoga Nidra. Unresolved tension created chaos in my mind, I gave my power away to others as I didn’t know how to move forward on my own. Healing came with Yoga Nidra. Yogi Amrit Desai and Kamini Desai came to Kelowna BC where I was living at the time. 5 day Yoga Nidra immersion was enough to begin change in my life…they became my teachers.
Deep in the Ocala forest in Salt Springs Florida is the home of Amrit Yoga Institute and home of Yogi Amrit Desai….a Guru who came to America from India in the early 60’s to bring the authentic practices of Yoga to the West. After yoga teacher training graduation I was encouraged to stay and immerse myself in the yoga lifestyle. A total of 8 months over the next 2 years……eating, breathing, living yoga along with others with the same intention….personal growth and transformation. Now I was ready to bring Yoga and Yoga Nidra to my community and the world. I feel immense gratitude for this experience as I go into the world and share what it is I learned…spread the good news….we can transform our lives….as we take time to let go and go inside for our answers.