yoga nidra

Yoga nidra workshops coming up:

17th June at Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm, Mid Devon EX17 6BL The theme for the day is Summer Solstice. We’ll be looking at fullness and turning, setting intentions for the next stage of the year. This is a second stage nidra session for those who have practised with me before, but newcomers will also benefit.

8th July at the Barefoot Barn – Full Moon Summer Moon, in Celtic mythology known as the Moon of Claiming. A chance to practice again and share in circle at a magic time of the moon phase.

Yoga nidra offers deeeeeeep relaxation. This is relaxation of the body, mind and emotions.

There is nothing to do, nothing to achieve. Nidra means sleep; yoga nidra is sleep with awareness. And good news, it’s yoga you do lying down, comfortably propped with cushions and blankets, if needed, for about 20 minutes. No holding of tricky yoga poses, though doing yoga exercises will definitely increase the benefits. Simply allow the facilitator’s guidance to wash over you. There is nothing to do, nothing to achieve. Just unfold, like a waterlily, to what’s inside. What joy!

How does it work? You are invited to lower the mind waves to the levels of daydream, dream and even deep sleep (alpha, delta and theta waves) but without actually falling asleep. As in a good night’s sleep, the nervous system relaxes fully so that the body and mind are able to access profound relaxation. The body goes into rest and repair mode, gets on with the jobs that stress has prevented and spontaneously heals itself. Similarly the mind, once relaxed, lets go of worry and presses the re-set button. Also, emotions fall away, leaving you with new clarity. The facilitator leads you through discrete stages of the practice. You come out of your yoga nidra feeling relaxed, joyful and positive.

Benefits. Yoga nidra is adaptogenic, that is to say if, for instance, you have a sleep debt (eg through worry, insomnia, a baby or chronic stress) then you will probably fall asleep and have a wonderful ‘power nap’, awakening relaxed and refreshed. Not falling asleep comes with practice too. If you are generally ticking along fine you will have new insight. In either case you are freed from limiting family and societal conditioning or self-judgement and there is a feeling of coming home to yourself, connected and with purpose.

Higher benefits. Yoga nidra works on all levels of your being to release, relax and open. Once this happens you can access innate knowledge – some would say it’s your unconscious, your heart, the higher consciousness, your inner teacher, God – and so have insight into the big questions such as: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What should I do with my life?’ Alternatively, or in  addition, an unexpectedly creative solution to a current conundrum will arise. Understanding may come through words, images, a felt sensation, other ways or a combination. It’s good to have a notebook handy to jot down your observations afterwards.

Sankalpa. You can also use yoga nidra to set or affirm an intention. You are invited to repeat your sankalpa (Sanskrit word meaning intention, life-purpose, heart’s prayer) at a certain point in the practice and this goes deep into your psyche to support you as you go about your everyday life. If you don’t have a sankalpa or don’t have it formulated neatly, you just allow it to arise as described above. Fiona can coach you to form it.

Ancient practice for 21st century living. Yoga nidra has its roots in the most ancient of yoga knowledge and practices, and was hybridised with aspects of western psychology by yoga masters in the 20th century. Fiona has trained with Uma and Nirlipta Dinsmore-Tuli (link to the Yoga Nidra Network) who are most creatively and joyfully taking their teachers’ work into the 21st century.

Read Fi’s blog on the Total Yoga Nidra facilitator training

feedback from workshops:

I found this workshop profoundly beneficial on a mental and physical level. I would highly recommend to anyone, whether you’ve had any experience with yoga nidra or not. Gerardo (Sivaratri Yoga Nidra Workshop)

If you are a yogi and have never experienced yoga nidra you owe it to yourself to try Fiona’s yoga nidra workshop. I am a longtime yogi and teacher and I had no previous experience of yoga nidra. Fiona’s workshop at the Light Yoga Space was amazing! Her voice and pace were soothing , the atmosphere was relaxing, sending me off into state of deep relaxation. The workshop felt like a decadent treat for the soul! Naomi (Autumn Yoga Nidra Workshop)

Deeply nourishing workshop thank you. Fiona holds a lovely safe space and executes it impeccably and in a very personable way. Gavin Frank (Autumn Yoga Nidra Workshop)

Fiona led a wonderful Yoga Nidra workshop which was very nourishing and calming to mind body and soul. She explained the origins and theory behind this powerful practice as well as guiding us through gentle yoga exercises and three yoga nidra meditations. These allowed me to relaxed far more than I had for quite a while and I found the workshop really inspiring. I look forward to practising further yoga nidra and trying some of Fiona’s other workshops. Claire, October 2016