By Suzy Grossman
Yoga Nidra is a 4000 year old practice developed as part of Tantra. It is a practice that leads to an enhanced state of consciousness and it is a practice that can lead to profound transformation on all levels. it is ever more popular as a stand-alone form of Yoga, as studies have shown the practice to be a useful adjunct in various cognitive therapies. Practicing Yoga Nidra with an advanced practitioner can change your life positively.
The essence of this practice is to fully integrate body awareness both as an experiencer and as an observer of one's body to integrate the body hemi-spherically and completely. This practice of body awareness leads to greater receptivity to an integratedwholeness. An Integrated Wholeness once it takes root in one's life creates a powerful vibe that is in tune not only with one'sself, purpose, vitalitybut also with the world around oneself.
Integral to the practice is what is known as Sankalpa which is the planting of a seed . The seed is planted deeply and is nourished by the subsequent Yoga Nidra practice which combines profound body mind awareness with creative visualization. In order for the Yoga Nidra practice to really takeroot, it is important that the patient , client or practitioner be faithful in the practice.
In this practice one is consciously dictating awareness and this in and of itself is very connecting. Oncewe have a person connected to himself the level of functioning is enhanced. Hence, this integration of the body with the mind is profoundly transformative and the seed (Sankalpa= positive affirmations )that has been planted is part of the person's "new wiring". This process helps tocreate ,enhanced awareness , enhanced confidence and the emergence of a multi dimensional human being with greater inner strength and conviction.
The other part of the Yoga Nidra process is creative visualizationThis is a technique that purifies layers of consciousness and enhances sensory awareness of the environment. It fosters creativity and helps one to have a vivid imagination.
The combination balancing the body hemispherically and ofcreative vision enhances the creative ability of the participant and brings depth and beauty and clarity to address positive change in one's life. This processhas so many applications including creative learning, healthy body image, addictions... There are many focused and specific Yoga Nidra processes that I have developed to help people come into their power and to implement positive change in their lives.