Yoga Nidra Relaxation Meditation with Bill Leonard
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is also known as “Yogic Sleep” or ” Conscious Rest”. It is a practice that provides the most benefit with the least amount of effort.
Yoga Nidra, translated as yogic sleep, is a five-stage process that begins with a body scan to engage one’s physicality. Any one can do it!
What you can expect during and after the practice of Yoga Nidra
Bill will guide you with relaxation exercises and pratyahara(sense withdrawl) to prepare your mind and body for Yoga Nidra by balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain and stimulating Prana- the subtle energies of your vital force.
You then will get very, very comfortable on your mat, using any bolsters/ blankets that allow you to feel supported and relaxed.(we supply the props)
During this guided process of Yoga Nidra, Bill will invite you to take your awareness on a tour of your inner and outer body. This body scan incorporates meditation on the breath, the balancing of emotional states, visualization, and self-healing. Setting a positive intention is part of the process. While in this Nidra meditation you will move through different stages of consciousness just as in sleep: witness a shift between the waking state, dream state, and finally to deep, dreamless sleep.
Yoga Nidra creates deep relaxation for health, mental peace, and higher awareness. In addition, it is a way to practice self mastery of the autonomic nervous system. The technique is practical and easily accessible.
By receiving this restorative kind of rest, you can enhance functioning of the immune and metabolic systems. In turn, this improves your overall physical health and leads to higher energy and in improved immune system. This Yogic rest also can improve mental health, eliminating brain fog, insomnia, anxiety attacks, PTSD, and depression.
This practice is not limited to just the deep physical relaxation you will feel. Nidra is a way to manifest beneficial aspects into your life through your intention and clarity of focus.
On this wonderful guided journey with Bill, you will have an opportunity to let the universe know what you desire. Nidra provides a reset for the mind and body that leaves you with a sense of having given yourself a precious gift, that keeps giving to you long after the actual practice ends.
Bill teaches our M/Fr 7am Morning Yoga hour classes at Red Pearl. He has been away for a few years. We are so glad he is back! Come see why!