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Yoga Nidra means conscious and aware sleep. It is that state when you are totally relaxed yet conscious and aware. Similar to when you are just about to fall asleep. Yoga Nidra practices were developed thousands years ago as a means to achieve the deepest states of inner peace and relaxation. Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, or patterns, we have created in our life, whether consciously or unconsciously. It is recommended that you try this class more than once or twice, but several times. It is only through practicing yoga nidra consistently that you are truly able to break through the patterns of the mind.
How to prepare for yoga nidra: Find a comfortable place to lie down, preferably on the floor. You will stay in this position during the duration of the class. You can lay on as many blankets as you need to be comfortable, as well as your yoga mat (although it is not necessary). In yoga nidra, the more props the better, so bring in pillows, blankets and even an eye cover to find maximum comfort. Some find it is nice to place a pillow, blanket or bolster under the knees so that they are slightly bent. A blanket across the waist creates a nice pressure to help keep you grounded, and finally an eye pillow allows you to fully relax into the practice. If you need to move at any point, please do so, but mainly try to remain still. Enjoy!