November 18, 2019

This is the stage that seems to keep people coming back for more week after week. At the beginning of class I often have a check in and open up the space for the sharing of experiences and this is the stage that is most often alluded to. The feeling of being deeply asl...

October 14, 2019

Our human brains are primed to problem solve for our survival but for many of us our survival needs are no longer about life or death and this leaves our problem solving minds to run riot and continuously find problems to solve. In many cases we have found the ultimate...

October 8, 2019

This week we explore the visualisation stage of Yoga Nidra.

This stage is perhaps one of the most varied in terms of its delivery, whether or not it is included and if it is where and how.

Visualisation Stage in the Different Traditions

In the iRest form of Yoga Nidra the...

October 1, 2019

This week we explore the breath awareness stage, which also sometimes includes body/floor awareness for grounding.

To Breathe Well is to Live Well

Breath awareness and breath work for me are some of the most transformational aspects of both yoga and Yoga Nidra. Learning...

September 24, 2019

During the preceding stage of rotation of consciousness we induce relaxation of the sensorimotor surface of the brain and then during the opposites of sensations stage we draw awareness in from the periphery to the core, specifically to feelings that seem to emanate fr...

September 16, 2019

The body scan can be used to promote relaxation and body awareness, to invoke or deepen a trance state, to promote healing by reconnecting to particular areas of the body, to reconnect any split that might have arisen between body and mind (can be particularly useful f...

September 10, 2019

Sankalpa loosely translated from Sanskrit to English means a vow to your highest self or highest truth. Some schools of Yoga Nidra believe this stage to be crucially important whilst others believe it to be contradictory to the state of Yoga Nidra and then of course th...

September 3, 2019

This week we explore the first two stages of yoga together – preparation and settling. These are quite practical stages but are crucially important to experience the maximum benefit from the practice. 1. Preparation Yoga nidra is practiced lying down in a comfortable...