When you’re caught up in the daily stress cycle, it’s hard to imagine that there’s more to life than coping with stress. It becomes an habitual pattern and can be a huge obstacle to achieving your dreams and goals.
But deep down, you know you’re here to live your purpose and fulfil your highest potential. Yoga nidra is a practice and a pathway to just that.
In today’s high speed world, stress (sadly), is an ordinary part of life. So that means practising real relaxation is vital to your wellbeing and creating the vibrant life on your vision board. Yoga nidra also changes your response to stress, so you can stay calm in the everyday chaos.
Yoga nidra means “yogic sleep” and is a method of deep relaxation that connects you back to your natural state of peace, inspiration and joy.
While your body falls into the deepest state of relaxation, your brain remains fully conscious. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know that it’s incredibly healing and restorative for your whole self - in mind, body and spirit.
Yoga nidra activates your body’s relaxation response and offers immediate relief. As you focus your energy and attention inwards, you can begin to relax and release physical, mental and emotional stress.
The practice is done lying down in Savasana (Corpse Pose) and combines breathing techniques (pranayama), withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara) and meditation (dharana, dhyana and samadhi) to lead you into a space of deep relaxation, conscious awareness and connection to your highest self (Atma).
When you slow down, relax into your body and let your breath roll right through you, that’s where all the magic is. Bliss!
This practice will peel back the layers physically and energetically, to guide you back home to yourself, to find peace, inspiration and joy - not just in fleeting moments - but as the truth of who you are.
If you’re struggling to get something in life - from success to relationships, health or happiness - you have to do the inner work first. When you practise yoga nidra, you’ll discover an important part of the process, which could be your secret sauce to manifesting big shifts in your outer life.
At the beginning of the practice, you set a ‘sankalpa’, or as I like to call it, an intention. It’s a commitment you make to support your highest truth, to create positive change. This could be something like, “I am enough”, “I am abundant”, “I am calm and peaceful” or “I am happy and free”.
When you sow the seed of your sankalpa in your subconscious mind, anything that isn’t supportive can be pruned or weeded. You cultivate the optimum conditions for transformative change and space for the energy of your intentions to take root and grow.
As you relax and cycle through the different brainwave states (beta, alpha, delta and theta), you become very receptive to change.
Earlier this year, I hit my knees with stress. I surrendered my story of being stressed-out and overwhelmed to my yoga nidra practice. My intention was peace. Eventually, with my practice becoming a daily relaxation ritual, I had a quantum shift and was able to heal that story and shift back into wellness.
I recommend you stick with the same sankalpa until it fully manifests in your life, then if you like, switch it up to something new.
One of my favourite teachers, Gabby Bernstein says that: “The key to manifesting is to dwell in the feeling you want”. This allows you to become the co-creator of the world you see. Through your thoughts and more importantly, your energetic vibration, you become a magnet - for the things you desire (as well as the things you don’t). This is the Law of Attraction.
When you’re in alignment with what you want, you’ll attract it to you, quickly and easily. When you’re not, you’ll send conflicting signals to the Universe. Some of us are super attractors, but often, stress (or some other block) gets in the way of our attracting power.
As well as elevating the energy of your Sankalpa, yoga nidra helps clear the blocks to your manifesting power. When you relax and soften into the energy of allowing, you align with the natural flow of the Universe. You heal and restore your true nature of peace, inspiration and joy. That’s when everything starts to fall into place.
I’ve seen it in my own life and you will too. It’s the Law! When I allowed myself to become the embodiment of peace, other areas of my life began to flow with ease. I healed the issues in my relationship, a flow of money appeared in my bank account and I received a huge hit of inspiration that allowed me to finish a work project that I’d be dragging my feet on.
It’s always best to practise yoga nidra with guidance so you can surrender fully into a state of deep relaxation. If you want to put this into practise, try this shortened version to align your energy with your dreams:
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