These sessions introduce students to various Yoga Nidra as a deep form of meditative relaxation, healing and a practice for the heightening of consciousness. The combination of Yoga Nidra with Himalayan singing bowls greatly enhances the relaxing experience. It is an experience of deep meditative relaxation, sound and vibration.
What These Sessions Include
- One guided Yoga Nidra practice;
- Sound bath with Himalayan singing bowls; and
- Time for questions and sharing.
About the Practice of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘Yogic Sleep’, is a meditative practice of lying down comfortably on the yoga mat and listening to the voice that guides the practice to consciously drawing attention to the different parts of your body, and to release and soften them. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest and most accessible of all meditative practices, leading to conscious awareness through many levels of mental processes towards a state of stillness and inner insight. In Yoga Nidra, the practice is to leave the waking state of consciousness, pass the dreaming state and enter into deep sleep state of consciousness, while still remaining awake. When the practice of Yoga Nidra is coupled with the sound and vibration of Himalayan singing bowls, it activates the self-healing mechanism by dissolving physical, mental and emotional blocks.
‘During Yoga Nidra the relaxation is constantly deepened while you follow the instructions and devote yourself to the experience. The body starts to relax and the mind follows. When the mind relaxes, the relaxation of the body is further deepened. This interaction between body, mind, emotions and psychic energy is fundamental to yoga. It is a process that is brought about by Yoga Nidra.’ ~ Swami Janakananda
About Sound Baths with Himalayan Singing Bowls
The experience of sound with Himalayan singing bowls is not simply auditory, it can feel as intense as receiving a full body massage. It is experienced deeply in the body. This practice has been used for meditation and rituals in Tibet, Nepal and Northern India since around 1200CE. Sound healing therapies, sound baths and sound meditations use Himalayan singing bowls, which create both sound and vibration. The sound created releases tension to generate relaxation for the mind and body, while the vibration created facilitates opening, unblocking, soothing and healing deep within the mind and body.
Some studied benefits of sound with Himalayan singing bowls, sound baths or gong baths and sound meditations include:
- An enhanced sense of wellbeing;
- Relief from anxiety, depressions and so on;
- Feeling more balanced and centred within;
- Deep relaxation;
- Heightened sensations and perceptions in the body;
- A deepening of the meditation experience;
- A release of blocked emotions;
- Improved sleep;
- A quieting of mind chatter;
- Feeling physically and mentally balanced, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Handmade singing bowls, as opposed to machine-made, produce a far cleaner and longer lasting sound and vibration. Only carefully selected handmade singing bowls and tingsha sourced from Nepal and Tibet are used during these sessions. Sound Baths involve a slightly more creative high intensity sound and vibration compared with Sound Healing Meditations.
Everything in existence is energy. Himalayan singing bowls create a high vibrational energy, which facilitates healing by penetrating deep inside a person’s body and cutting through physical, energetic and mental blocks.
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