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Kristin Leal | Yoga Nidra for the Body, Breath and Mind

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Yoga Nidra for the Body, Breath and Mind

by Kristin Leal

Accessible guided meditations to release stress and reveal your true nature
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
3:28 album only
2. Yoga Nidra for the Body
19:50 album only
3. Yoga Nidra for the Breath
28:50 album only
4. Yoga Nidra for the Mind
27:15 album only
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Album Notes
The practices of Yoga Nidra can be more than just a useful tool to relax the body and mind. While the words Yoga Nidra translate as "Yogic Sleep" it is a way to wake up to tho you really are. It's a process of shaking up our stubborn certainty of our separateness. Untangling different layers of our being, almost like unwrapping those Russian nesting dolls that I loved as a child to uncover the seed of bliss at our very core.

One model put forth in the Taittiriya Upanishad (composed roughly in the 6th century BCE) supposes that our forms are made up of five sheaths or coverings called the Koshas. Simply stated we are layers of body, breath, mind, intelligence and bliss. Like the word covering and sheath suggest, these dimensions of our form are encasing our naked, formless, nameless Self. The work of Yoga Nidra can be a way of addressing the tension, patterns and holding in these sheaths which leads us back to the part of us that is whole and untouched by all of the transient stuff. The part of us as pure unbound infinite potential.

If you've ever tried to practice when your back hurts, your nose is runny or you're constipated though, you know it’s rough. Yoga Nidra works from the gross (meaning large not yucky) to the subtle first addressing what I refer to as the meat suit or Anamaya Kosha. Utilizing guided conscious relaxation of body parts we simultaneously discover and release patterns of holding forged in the tissues of our body.

Then through guided breath techniques we often find a more tangible connection to Prana or the Pranamaya Kosha, what the Yogis would call the animating life force or all pervading energy that maps our form.
We can think of them almost like currents of water. We can observe them churning and circulating and emptying. We can notice where they are stagnant as well as where their currents are strong. We can even dam them, like in our canal systems, to redirect their flows. By understanding our internal currents of Prana we can honor their rhythms, balance their flows and, like all rivers, eventually merge back to our source.

Eventually we are confronted by our minds as we arrive in the Manomaya Kosha. Filled with the complexity of our impressions, memories, identification and perspective, we begin to question our stories logged in the mind forming these grooves or ruts that are oh so easy to remain stuck inside. Using techniques that conjure up certain images, archetypes and situations we start weeding the fertile ground of our mind, releasing patterns that no longer serve us as well as opening space to plant something deep, like our Sankalpa, in its rich soil.

Now we can begin to hear the whispers and sometimes roars of wisdom bubbling up from our depths. Always there but waiting for us to calm the fudge down to hear her call. Using techniques to create space in the body, breath and mind we are led back into the Yoda- like ever present inner teacher, or Vjnanamaya Kosha.

Here we realize the part of us that is untouched or unbound. Not limited to our perfectly imperfect meat suits, identities or situations but rather expansive and inextricably linked to everything and everyone around us. In Anandamaya Kosha we remember and reconnect to that smallest Russian nesting doll that is just pure bliss.



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