Yoga Nidra means “Yogic Sleep” but the practice is meant to help us hover between a state of sleep and wakefulness—awareness in a fully relaxed state. During this state, we can more easily “let go,” surrender, to take place. In such a state, healing can take place where healing is needed.
This practice can help all people. including those who are experiencing trauma and grief, access a place where body/mind/spirit can feel more integrated supporting better sleep, rest, relaxation, overall functioning and healing where healing is needed. Practicing Yoga Nidra supports all other practices of yoga and any other complementary treatment modalities.
The Journey Into Gratitude is a nearly 45 minute long guided Yoga Nidra. This journey takes you into a forest on a cool crisp autumn day where you will be guided to experience the forest with all your senses. The forest will remind you of gratitude that perhaps you have forgotten and support you gently in experiencing the embodiment of love and a deep sense of gratitude.
It begins with a chant to invoke the awareness of this wholeness. The Purnamadah is the opening sloka (peace verse) from the Ishvara Upanishad, one of the holy Vedic texts, which translates to say, "This is whole, that is whole. When a portion of wholeness is removed, what remains is whole."
You'll move through stages of grounding and settling in, creating intention, followed by a full body scan to deeply relax the nervous system and then you'll experience sensations in the emotional and energy bodies as you move to a deeper level of awareness. These are followed by a guided journey into the bright and beautiful forest where you will encounter your own deep sense of gratitude. Then you'll be guided back to waking consciousness.
Stages 1-5 are influenced by yoga nidra scripts written by Jennifer Reis, taught in her Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra training.
The Journey into the Gratitude Forest is my original work.
I hope you enjoy this journey.