If you are wanting less stress in your life, one of the ways is to incorporate meditation. I have been meditating from my early days of teaching martial arts, it helps greatly with reducing anxiety and gives you a powerful focus and energy flow done correctly.
None sleep deep rest has been gaining some exposure on the internet recently, thanks to various apps and podcasts, for your convenience, here is a breakdown of a morning meditation you can try. For a more in depth, personalised routine, get in touch with me through my website.
Yoga Nidra, often referred to as "yogic sleep," is a powerful relaxation technique that goes beyond typical relaxation practices. Originating from ancient yogic traditions, Yoga Nidra is designed to induce a state of deep relaxation while maintaining awareness. It's a systematic method of guided meditation that allows you to reach a state between wakefulness and sleep, where profound relaxation and rejuvenation occur.
Here's a breakdown of the key components and steps involved in a typical Yoga Nidra session:
- Setting an Intention: Like any mindfulness practice, Yoga Nidra begins with setting a clear intention or sankalpa. This can be a positive affirmation, intention, or goal that you repeat silently to yourself at the beginning and end of the practice.
- Relaxation Preparation: You lie down in a comfortable position, preferably in Savasana (corpse pose), with your arms slightly away from your body and your palms facing upward. You're encouraged to make any adjustments to ensure physical comfort.
- Systematic Body Awareness: The practice often starts with a body scan, where the instructor guides your attention to different parts of your body, one by one. You focus on each part, experiencing sensations without judgment or reaction.
- Breath Awareness: The focus then shifts to your breath. You observe the natural rhythm of your breath without trying to control it. This helps anchor your awareness and relax the nervous system.
- Visualization: Throughout the session, the guide may use guided imagery and visualization to take you on a mental journey. This could involve imagining various scenes or experiences that promote relaxation, peace, and healing.
- Exploring Opposites: You'll be led to experience sensations of opposites, such as heaviness and lightness, warmth and coolness. This helps create a balanced awareness and harmonizes your body and mind.
- Sankalpa Reinforcement: Returning to your initial intention, you'll repeat your sankalpa again. This helps reinforce your positive intention at a deep level of consciousness.
- Transition to Awareness: Toward the end of the session, you're gently guided to become aware of your body, breath, and surroundings. The practice is designed to bring you back to a state of wakefulness while preserving the relaxation you've experienced.
Yoga Nidra offers numerous benefits, including stress reduction, improved sleep quality, enhanced self-awareness, and increased mental clarity.
Incorporating Yoga Nidra into your routine can provide you with a unique tool for achieving deep relaxation and rejuvenation, helping you navigate the demands of your multifaceted roles with a renewed sense of calm and clarity.
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