Guided Relaxation including Yoga Nidra
Here is my holiday gift to all of you, available for your pre-holiday stress relief and practice.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient technique sometimes called yogic sleep. It is said that 20 minutes of yogic sleep is as good as three hours of your normal sleep. Now, my sleep isn’t so normal, so I haven’t had a good basis for comparison. However, I can say this 17 minute guided meditation certainly prepares me to be open to my world even if my sleep has not. Students say they use it daily, some others when they need a lift.
I recorded this last year as a gift for my Classes. The voice is mine, the script I wrote reflecting on some of the techniques I’ve learned that help me.
Let me know how you use it and how it works in your life. Most of all, do some yoga every day!
(background music off Tandava)
Yeah, so this was me today. All day. All through the day I’d been looking forward to being at the Sanskrit seminar.
Made me a feel a little like this when I shook it off:
C’est la vie.
Actually, it’s kind of a pretty picture, but I digress.
I’m not sure why I keep doing things like this… I only work three nights a week, but they’re long nights & I’m really quite worthless for anything between except sleeping. Accepting this would be wise. But no, I think, “Sleep?!? Sleep? I don’t need no stinkin’ sleep!”
Luckily these days the things I get all excited about and try to plan into these nooks and crannies are things like yoga seminars. There’s something inherently incompatible between self abuse and the contemplative nature of these endeavors.
The worst thing: I love sleep! I love dreaming, I love waking up, I love the bed I sleep in & the sheets and the backs of my eyelids.
I guess the whole thing is that life is about choices. Action and devotion are how we create ourselves. It’s not whether or not I learn a little more about this amazing language that matters, it’s how I treat myself and my world in the process.
Come to think of it, I do feel more like this than I would’ve rousting myself from dreamstate 7 hours ago after a couple hours’ of sleep after a weekend of controlled chaos:
Perhaps I did the right thing, if only by accident. And perhaps I’ll drop the guilt of not following through on my plan, my goal, my intention. Perhaps, I’ll just let myself enjoy this one, gorgeous, beautiful life.