CHITTAPAWAN KRIYA video of Yoga Nidra
The first time my husband went to Yoga Nidra he won the prize for the loudest snoring. Well, that’s not the truth, but he did nod off, and that’s more common than not.
Yoga Nidra is a practise of total body “sleep” (the translation of Nidra is “sleep”) while keeping the mind awake. It is a guided meditation.
The spoken words of the yoga instructor follow a fairly ritualistic pattern. There is relaxation introduction, a call for a sankalapa (I’ll explain that in a minute), a call to awareness of specific body parts, a visualization exercise, then the sankalpa call, and a transition back to awakeness and total awareness.
The idea of a sankalpa is a resolution, not like a postive-thinking resolution, it’s not “active.” There is no visualization of what or how you’re going to get to the goal, there’s no motivational approach.
My understanding is that the sankalpa is embedded in the sub-conscious and after repeated pracitse of yoga nidra over months, or years, it will, in fact become real.
No matter what you’re belief about yoga nidra, the bottom line is, that it is at the least, a calming, meditative experience, that in a mere 20 minutes has you feeling like meltinga cotton candy.
If you search online videos, you will find several videos and audios of yoga nidra. I use http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6097261061531748663# It’s about 25 minutes long, the guide is Indian and his voice is not radio announcer mellow but any means, but it’s short, and there are no commercials to buy anything.
As for a purchased CD, I do have Rod Stryker’s MEDITATION TO GREATNESS because my teacher in Hawaii comes from his tradition and she used Stryker’s Pure Yoga methods in her class. I’m not endorsing it in particular, I’m just mentioning it as a good CD. It has 2 meditations, one is 45 minutes the other is 28.
Yoga Nidra is also marketed as Restorative Yoga and some methods are trademarked. It should be noted that yoga nidra is being used as part of support services for veterans returning from war. PTSD patients have also shown benefit from nidra practise. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Defense researched the iRest program (based on yoga nidra) as a treatment for soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder – a major symptom of which is insomnia. The success of the program led to its adoption at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country.