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Yoga Nidra: Introduction to the Complete Practice

BY Rolf Sovik ON July 2, 2013

Go deep within yourself to understand the relationship between consciousness, mind, and body with the ancient yogic practice of yoga nidra, yogic sleep with awareness. Yoga nidra is taught to help students master their sleep, to engage and gain control of the autonomic nervous system, to reduce internal tension, and to help alleviate many illnesses and diseases of old age. The 5-step process of yoga nidra includes light stretching; exercise without movement; systematic relaxation—shavayatra (61 points) and shitili karana (75 breaths); breath awareness (breathing practices that bring your awareness to the breath in the right and left sides of the body and the right and left nostrils); and sleep with awareness, or conscious sleep. Shift consciously from one state to another—from waking, to sleeping, to dreaming—with this remarkable series.

Yoga Mats Courtesy of Jade Yoga

ABOUT Rolf Sovik President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga:... Read more>>

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