What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, is an 8 session meditation training that is informed by the iRest approach which been developed by Richard Miller PhD. Yoga Nidra includes but is not limited to aspects of mindfulness practice. It is integrative because it supports participants in becoming fully functioning, integrated and healthy human beings. It is restorative because it seeks to enable participants to recover their innate sense of joy, peace and wellbeing, enabling feelings of connection with themselves and all of life.
How Does it Work ?
Yoga Nidra is a deep form of meditative practice, this is usually practiced in a stationary lying down posture. Yoga Nidra has been shown to support psychological, physical and spiritual healing. Yoga Nidra enables participants to access states of consciousness beyond those experienced in mindfulness meditations and to access deep states of relaxation.
Research has shown Yoga Nidra informed by iRest effectively reduces, insomnia, chronic pain, chemical dependency, P.T.S.D, depression, anxiety and the physical symptoms of stress, but this is a practice open to all who are interested in discovering their home-ground of wellbeing and exploring the depths of the word ‘yoga’: to feel at one with everything.
This 8 week course seeks to go beyond observing thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and to explore the nature of awareness itself. This can give a more spacious perspective on the unfolding of life and lead to less identification with what arises.
Each week will consist of a short introduction to the theme for that session and any relevant theory will also be explained. There will be an opportunity to practice Yoga Nidra meditations and to share experiences within the group.
The course is suitable for most participants and particularly those who have already attended an eight week mindfulness course
Sonia Yeandle is a Teacher in Training for Level II – her work is informed by the teachings of Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute.