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What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga stands for union and Nidra stands for sleep. Yoga Nidra is a powerful and ancient technique through which you can learn to consciously relax. It is a state of mind in between wakefulness and dream. Although it is called the Yoga of sleep, it’s important to attempt to remain awake during the practice as much as possible. It consists of a series of relaxation techniques and visualizations to eliminate the layers of conflict that exist within the mind and body. When we go through life, we only process a small portion of information and impressions through the conscious mind. The latest scientific research shows that 95 % of all of our experiences are recorded on the subconscious mind and also imprinted on the unconscious mind. In the library of these experiences exist all of our conditioning including fears, annoyances, insecurities and self-limiting beliefs.
How does it work? What happens during Yoga Nidra?
The good news is that it is indeed possible to effectively reprogram your conditioning. Through the sequenced design of Yoga Nidra, we can induce a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. By detaching from external experiences and shutting off information from the five senses the consciousness shifts to function at a deeper level of inner awareness. Through this relaxation, your mind is taken in the hypnagogic state, the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness. In this state contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions correspond simultaneously. In a deep state of Yoga Nidra you can not only access the innermost layers of the mind to replace or remove previous conditionings but also imprint new ideas on the mind at the level where programming happens.
What are your benefits of doing Yoga Nidra? What can you receive and achieve?
Ultimately Yoga Nidra guides you back to your most natural state of inner peace. When you practice it regularly the nature of the mind can be changed, diseases can be cured, and your creative genius can be restored. In the state of Yoga Nidra healing can occur very effectively at the deepest levels where the roots of illness and imbalance lie. The science of Yoga Nidra is used to heal a variety of disorders, including stress and depression. It is also effective in aiding in the management of psychosomatic disorders, asthma, hypertension, and in relieving pain on many levels. Yoga Nidra can also be used to illuminate any undesirable long term patterns because it reconditions and reimprints the mind both on the conscious and subconscious mind. Another aspect of Yoga Nidra is to create a resolve for imprinting new ideas on the mind. This is an intention about something you would like to manifest, create, change or possibly release. Because Yoga Nidra is practiced in a lying-down position and a very gentle form of Yoga, it is also beneficial for people with physical restrictions.
How did I discover Yoga Nidra?
My journey with Yoga started in 2008. However it took me a pretty long time to finally find one form of Yoga I could take and practice every day. I first tried Asthanga Yoga in Hawaii a couple of times, however never it really did not work for me for various reasons. Later after my return to Switzerland, I started to take weekly Hatha Yoga classes and 3 yoga intensive weekends in Zurich and started to have amazing experiences in the final relaxation part called Shavasana. My next step with Yoga was in Koh Phangan (Thailand) when I took a 150 hours training in January 2014. As a part of this training I also learned about Yoga Nidra and immediately felt that this would be the next form of yoga I want to focus on. One year later, I received an invitation to join a Yoga Nidra teacher training in Denver which I accomplished in May 2015 (48 hours). My latest step was another 40 hours training in August 2016, which was taught by Rod Stryker, who is the founder of Para Yoga, author of “The Four Desires”. Rod is widely considered one of the preeminent yoga and meditation teachers in the United States.
Why should you work with me? What are the unique gifts I can share with you?
During my two Yoga Nidra teacher trainings I learned not only a lot of theoretical and practical steps to incorporate in my own Yoga Nidra classes and sessions, but most of all experienced firsthand the profound healing and restoring effects of Yoga Nidra for myself. I also realized that it has many similar elements and approaches to healing hypnosis I studied 2009 in Switzerland and another modality called “Presence Centered Awareness Therapy” I studied on Kauai in 2011. I found PCAP immensely helpful in my own journey and my sessions with clients so I am really excited and happy that I found Yoga Nidra that further deepens my understanding and practice in this area of stress reduction and healing. Many people mentioned that I have a very nurturing voice and supportive energy. Over the past several years I became to really enjoy working with groups and individual clients to help with their healing process and improve their life quality and it would be my honor and joy to be working with you.