Monday, September 26, 2011

What is Yoga Nidra?

Have you ever tried Yoga Nidra?  You gotta try it Dude!

So I had never heard of Yoga Nidra before, but at the end of our first Teacher Training last night, the teacher lead us in an "Ancient Tantric method, which can open new capacities of the mind."
It's kind of like a guided meditation for 20-45 minutes that you do in savasana (Corpse Pose).

And I have never experienced anything like it!  Seriously, you need to check it out and ask for it at your local yoga studio.

So you get really comfortable and warm while the teacher talks you through an active mind body exercise.  I followed along more or less and probably went into dream state a couple times.  Then she brought the session to a close and had us sit up to join together in an Ohm.  When I sat up, with eyes closed, everything went white. Like, my mind white washed!  No images, no thoughts running though my head, Nothing!  Complete absence of distortion, just pure light. It looked like in a movie when someone gets into a accident and then then the movie screen goes totally white and they wake up in a hospital bed.  My TV went white.  Brain noise went silent.  But it wasn't scary at all, no it felt peaceful and secure.

Image from Osho Zen Tarot
Then! I felt pretty high.

I'm the type of person who's multitasking 4-5 things all the time.  But when I got home: went to eat dinner, the tv was on.  And it was too much to watch tv and eat at the same time.  I found a quiet room, to focus on enjoying the food.

Later my aunt called.  Usually I'd be surfing the internet and talking to her on the phone.  But instead I turned away from the computer and just chatted, completely present and focused on the conversation.  It felt amazing to be able to concentrate on one thing, contently.

What ever the heck is wrong with me to make me so scatterbrained, Yoga Nidra fixed it.
So check it out.  Our teacher said it is becoming more popular in the US.

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