Announcements, Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra for Deep Restful Sleep (with Delta Starfish Music), Now Available on Insight Timer

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Greetings!  I am very excited to announce my latest Yoga Nidra meditation is now available on Insight Timer.

This 33-minute Yoga Nidra practice is designed to help you fall asleep and rest deeply. This is a deeply calming track that contains gentle binaural delta waves with soft background music. This practice does not contain any type of wording or signals to bring you out of Yoga Nidra. It is based on the classic 8-stage technique.  Special recognition and thanks to Rebecca Reads for her gentle background music, Starfish Relaxation Delta Wave.

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The Yoga Nidra meditation can be found on Insight Timer at http://insig.ht/gm_50483.  Please let me know your feedback on this Yoga Nidra meditation.

Wishing you many blessings.

Namaste,

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Diana

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Guiding Yoga Nidra: Where to Start

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I received an excellent question on where to begin on guiding Yoga Nidra.

I want to learn how to guide Yoga Nidra. Do you recommend a teacher?

To answer this question, Kamini Desai and Julie Lusk seem to be good teachers.  Their books include scripts.  Anyone can begin guiding Yoga Nidra as soon as they are ready:

I believe both Ms. Desai and Ms. Lusk offer Yoga Nidra Teacher Training; although, these trainings would not be required to begin guiding Yoga Nidra.

However, if you want to pay to attend trainings or yoga festivals, below are some good resources, but doing so is not required to begin guiding Yoga Nidra.

iRest Method

If you are looking to lead Yoga Nidra for individuals working through emotional trauma from PTSD, the iRest method by Richard Miller is wonderful.  I met Molly Birkholm in Sedona last year.  She is a sweet and wonderful person, and she has her own iRest training program.  According to her website, her next training is in Chicago, September 3-9, 2019.

I AM Method

Another great technique is the I AM method by Kamini Desai with the Amrit Institute in Florida.  This is a link to these upcoming trainings.   Ms. Desai has a really great book Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep.  It comes with a Yoga Nidra script.

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training in Yogaville by Julie Lusk

I am currently reading a book by Julie Lusk called Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief.  So far it is WONDERFUL!  Ms. Lusk also includes a Yoga Nidra script and lots of great information.  Ms. Lusk offers Yoga Nidra trainings in Virginia.  This is the link to the details on her training: https://wholesomeresources.com/schedule-2/yoga-nidra-teacher-training/.

Sedona Yoga Festival

Finally, the Sedona Yoga Festival (SYF) is coming up in March.  If it is something that interests you, you could attend all Yoga Nidra workshops they offer; although, none of the workshops offer any type of certification (that I know of).  The festival could give you a really good taste of what is out there, and you might get to meet the leaders in their fields.  I attended the excellent PTSD training as well as the festival in 2018.  That is how I got to meet Ms. Desai and Ms. Birkholm.  I think the festival is every year around February or March.

My Journey

So far on my journey, I have learned that not all Yoga Nidra is the same.  There are different techniques.  All techniques are good and serve their purpose.  Personally, I learned about Yoga Nidra while going through yoga teacher training. The method I use is the 8-stage technique taught by Satyananda Saraswati, with the exception that I begin the rotation of consciousness on the right hand thumb instead of beginning at the third eye.  For some reason, this rotation method has been more effective for me, so that is why I use it when I guide Yoga Nidra.  His book is on Amazon at this link: Yoga Nidra.

My first Yoga Nidra experience was with this recording by Rod Stryker, who is with the Himalayan Institute.  It was great!  It was like time travel yoga!  The Himalayan Institute’s method is called Para Yoga.  I do not think the Himalayan Institute has Yoga Nidra trainings, but I could be wrong.  They might offer something once in a while.

I hope this information helps you.  If there is anything more I can do to help, please let me know.
Thank you for reading!
Namaste,
Diana

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Excellent Yoga Nidra Meditation: “Yoga Nidra: The Art of Yogic Sleep” by George Stephen Renfrey

 

Whether you have been practicing Yoga Nidra for a while or if you are new to it, this is a wonderful guided meditation by GS Renfrey!

Yoga Nidra: The Art of Yogic Sleep

I have listened to GS Renfrey’s Yoga Nidra meditation many times, and I still have not heard all of it in the awakened beta-brainwave state.  However, what I have heard is so reassuring and calming and helps me get into the meditative state.  I highly recommend it for practitioners at any level.

If you have Insight Timer, you can find this meditation by searching for “George Stephen Renfrey.”

If you do not have Insight Timer, what are you waiting for?  It is the #1 Meditation App out there! It is free and an outstanding app for meditation!  If you have any questions about meditation or Insight Timer, I would be very honored to provide any information I know about it.  The following link is to their website, and they have the links to download it to your phone.

https://insighttimer.com/

Thank you for reading this blog, and I wish you many pleasant meditation experiences.

Namaste,

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Diana

 

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Waking up at 2 AM? Yoga Nidra can help you get back to sleep

Yoga Nidra is a powerful tool.  It is a guided meditation that helps your brainwaves change from Beta (alert/working state) to more relaxed states, Alpha, Theta, or Delta.

According to Scientific American, “Beta waves are characteristics of a strongly engaged mind.” Owlcation states, “Beta waves are the ‘normal’ state of brain waves.”

When we wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes our brains jump into the Beta state, making it difficult to fall back asleep.

When I first experienced Yoga Nidra, I was amazed by how quickly it led my brain to Alpha, Theta, or Delta states.  Here is a short list showing characteristics of each of these states:

  • Alpha – relaxed, calm, lucid, not thinking
  • Theta – deep relaxation, meditation, imagery
  • Delta – deep, dreamless sleep

Owlcation has a beautiful chart showing these brainwaves.

Yoga Nidra was effective for me even from the beginning.  The first practice I tried was a recorded meditation by Rod Stryker, which was almost 30 minutes long.  I felt like I had traveled through time.  The practice only felt like 5 minutes had passed.  I was hooked.

Practicing Yoga Nidra has made such a difference in my life that I have chosen to dedicate my time to learning more about it and to share Yoga Nidra with others.

Namaste,

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Diana

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Need a Power Nap? Yoga Nidra Can Help.

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Next time you need a power nap, Yoga Nidra can help.  The first time I experienced Yoga Nidra, I was amazed.  The only way I could describe it was “time travel yoga.”  Afterward I felt very refreshed.

This 19-minute recording is one resource for you on SoundCloud: Yoga Nidra Fully Present and Aware.  It can also be accessed on YouTube if that works better for you.

Other Resources for Power Naps

There are many excellent meditations and Yoga Nidra practices on the Insight Timer app.

Sound Cloud: Grace Yoga Meditations

YouTube: Grace Yoga Meditations