What to bring: pads, mats, pillows and blankets. During this class you will lie still for 30 minutes and you want to as comfortable as possible. Currently the center has 15 mats and I have 8 blankets.
In this deeply rejuvenating 1 hour class we investigate the practice of Yoga Nidra. We first prepare ourselves with centering exercises then class culminates with a ~30 minute Yoga Nidra practice.
Yoga Nidra is a state of being where paradoxically you are both in a state of dreamless sleep and aware at the same time. To practice Yoga Nidra you lie still on your back and do your best to both stay awake and follow simple verbal instructions. The practice of Yoga Nidra is a form of mindfulness or guided meditation. Commonly the guided practices can include: body sensing, breath awareness exercises, awareness of opposites, subtle body visualizations, image visualization, and more.
Come experience deep relaxation and healing on many levels. Yoga Nidra helps support healthy sleep and good digestion while helping to improve concentration and creativity. Yogi's agree Yoga Nidra makes you feel awesome.
This 32 minute live heart centered Nidra recording begins with a nice NLP influenced settling process and an adapted Richard Miller style body sensing practice. It then moves through Satyananda influenced multi-sensory spot evocations into awareness of breath. This practice includes spacious amounts of silence throughout. The externalization process includes a strong rousing and experientially walks through the tantrik model of the “Nested Layers of Awareness” as explained in Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Wallis. The recording ends with and explanation of the concept of cid-ananda – the joy of awareness.
This was the last Nidra I delivered before traveling to meet and train with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at The 1440 Multiversity outside of Santa Cruz, California October 2018. Offered from the heart as a free class at The Humboldt Patient Resource Center Connection in Eureka, California
This 32 minute Nidra practice explores stillness and silence and is inspired by my time as a middle school substitute teacher. It was recorded by Yogi Jeffrey Balinsky at the HPRC Connection on 01/24/2019. This was the first recording added to this archive and I believe it to be an excellent recording.
Reading > Settling > iRest inspired Rotation > Peaceful Heart Lake Visualization > Breath Awareness > Feeling State Evocations > Dynamic Externalization.
This practice recorded at the first HPRC Connection Nidra class of 2019 is designed to explicitly explore and induce relaxation. It was recorded with about 12 practitioners in the room and is very pleasant.
Settling > NLP inspired Rotation with Nervous System awareness > 2 Opposites (Earth/Sky + Being/Doing) > Peaceful Heart Cave Lake Visualization with Feeling State evocations > Externalization.
This practice is inspired by the creative aspect of awareness itself and includes a communion with the energy of Mother Earth.
It was recorded live at the HPRC Connection in Eureka, California for my dedicated Nidra class. It has a special quality due to the fact there was only one student present and that student is an experienced meditator and Nidra practitioner.
Softness Settling > Fuzzy Intention > Himalayan Inspired Rotation > Breath Awareness/Counting > Open Chidakasha > Honoring Mother Earth / Being the living Earth > Aware of Awareness > Externalization
This truly special recording was captured on the eve of spring in a room filled with friends, returning students, and love. The practice explores our elemental composition as a way of connecting to our terrestrial nature and innate wholeness.
Elemental Settling > Himalayan Inspired Rotation - Light of Conscious Attention > Opposites (Water + Fire) > Terrestrial Evocations - Earth into Space > Externalization
Delivered to a small group including a Nidra newbie and a pregnant mother this Nidra draws on almost countless inspirations. The name of the Nidra refers to the multi-sensory evocational portion which is presented as a story about a girl named Sally. The settling has language borrowed from Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, the sensing and evocation draws inspiration from Swami Janakananda, the story is a NLP hypnotic metaphor, and Non-Dual Tantrik philosophy and cosmology informs and inspires the whole practice.
This is a really nice 30 minute live recording and was the first full Nidra practice I delivered after a month traveling and being with family.
Permissive Settling > Himalayan Inspired Rotation > Sensing of Spaces Between > Opposites (Being + Doing) > A Girl Named Sally Multi-sensory Evocational Story / NLP Style Hypnotic Metaphor > Joy + Ease > Externalization
This 36 minute recording includes a ~31 minute heart centered practice followed by an original poem and comes from the end of my favorite month of the year - May. As usual the practice draws from multiple lineages and inspirations. Notably I borrow some language from Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and the rotation has elements derived from the Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra exploring the body as space.
Settling > Rotation (Body as Space) > Opposites (Full + Empty) > Archetypal Spot Evocations > Simply Being > Anchoring Ease > Externalization > Poem
Note: This recording has some sound artifacts (Breathing + a low hum) for about the first 5 minutes and then it mellows out nicely.