What is Yoga Nidra?
At its simplest, Yoga Nidra is a very accessible relaxation technique. You will be guided through several stages of relaxation to bring you to a state of deep rest where your body and mind can refresh and renew. It requires no special knowledge or experience, simply the desire to be still and listen.
At a deeper level, Yoga Nidra is a potent meditative resource for deep healing, insight, and empowerment. With practice, you may learn to enter a deeper state of consciousness where you re-encounter the essential truth of who you really are. You may learn to experience deep freedom from everything which holds you back. Yoga Nidra is a great treasure which welcomes you home to yourself.
Won’t I just fall asleep?
Yes, probably, to begin with you may just fall asleep. It’s very common, and if you are weary and in need of rest, then there will be very little you can do to prevent this from happening.
However, we remain conscious, even in sleep. You will hear everything that is said during the Yoga Nidra even if you are asleep. You may not remember it, but you will benefit from it. Sleeping is fine. With practice you will learn to stay awake.
Do I have to lie down on the floor?
No, you just need to be comfortable. It’s fine to practice Yoga Nidra sitting in a chair or sitting on the floor if you prefer not to lie down.
What do I need to bring?
There is plenty of equipment at the Letchworth Centre which you can borrow but if you have your own yoga mat, blanket, pillow, bolster or anything else, then please bring them to make yourself as warm and comfortable as possible. If you’ve been to this kind of thing before, you will know how important it is to feel really comfortable and warm.
Wear soft, loose clothing if possible but if you have come straight from work then anything you happen to be wearing is acceptable.
Take off your shoes at the door and feel that you have left something behind as you come in.