What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a specific meditation technique that allows you to relax, recharge, rejuvenate and awaken awareness to your higher consciousness. With practise, you’ll learn to rest deeply in a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. Even experiencing shorter (or fleeting) moments in this state is beneficial.
Jo will guide you to a place within yourself where you can experience deep physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Yoga Nidra may be considered the perfect antidote for busyness, stress, anxiety and other less desirable effects of modern life.
Based on ancient practices, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, devised Satyananda Yoga Nidra TM in the mid-20th Century. In his book ‘Yoga Nidra’ he stated that through the systematic practice of Yoga Nidra, muscular, emotional and mental tensions can be progressively released.
Other benefits of practising Yoga Nidra may include:
– increased clarity of thought;
– awakened creativity; and
– feeling more at peace with the world and those around you.
Yoga Nidra is especially effective for those whose busy, ‘monkey mind’ kicks into high gear the moment we lie down and close our eyes (as Jo will attest), as you’re guided through a series of mindful activities, giving your mind something productive to do on the way to rest and relaxation.
You are always in control of your Yoga Nidra experience. Jo will guide you (with suggestions, rather than instructions) and although Savasana is considered the ideal position for this practice, you are welcome and encouraged to adopt the right position for you. Whilst it is ideal to remain still and awake during Yoga Nidra, it’s not always possible for every person, every time… don’t be concerned about that, you’ll still reap the rewards of your practice.
Jo studied Yoga Nidra as part of her Level 1 Yoga Teacher training and completed further study in 2017 with Swami Muktibodhananda as part of her Level 2, 150 hour Post Graduate YTT training with One Family Yoga & Fitness.
Who Will Benefit From Yoga Nidra?
Anyone! The deeply relaxing experience that is Yoga Nidra can help you:
- feel rested, relaxed and rejuvenated;
- gain clarity of thought;
- feel more peaceful; and
- awaken creativity.
You’ll especially enjoy Yoga Nidra if:
- you have a ‘Monkey mind‘ (like Jo!) and find it hard to relax through other techniques;
- you find it hard to take time out for you; or
- your favourite pose is Savasana!
The practice itself will last around 45 minutes (after taking some time to get settled and really comfortable), and although that sounds like a long time to to lie still, it doesn’t necessarily feel that way during the experience – you might be surprised at the feeling of timelessness that can descend during Yoga Nidra. In fact, many regular practitioners comment at the end of the practice that they can’t believe it’s over already! However, for some, it can take a few sessions to get used to lying or sitting still for this period of time, and that’s perfectly fine… after all, it is a practice. Even if you find it challenging, you will still reap benefits from this incredible practice.
Enquiries: Contact Jo Moloney, Brew Yoga
(Jo includes shorter Yoga Nidra practices in some of her classes & can also deliver it for your group or corporate booking, at a suitable location of your choosing.)
Next Yoga Nidra Event
Thu 10 Dec 2020
AEST 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Bookings are essential, confirmed with payment in advance.
Please forward proof of payment at least one hour before the start time. If you have a current Brew Yoga 5 Class Pass, it can be used for this event.
No refunds^, although if something unforeseen occurs and you’re unable to attend Yoga Nidra on 10 Dec, you may nominate someone else to participate in your place.
^Brew Yoga 5 Class Passholders will not forfeit a class if they are unable to attend.
Please make payment to:
Suncorp Account Number: 123527883
J M Moloney Brew Yoga
with your NAME as the reference
You’ll need to access the event via Zoom. You don’t need an account, just a device with a web browser so that you can click the link Jo will provide, to join the event. Your device will also need to transmit audio, so you can hear Jo!
Wear comfortable clothing. Set yourself up somewhere reasonably peaceful (it doesn’t need to be 100% quiet, part of the practice is learning to be able to focus, despite life going on around you), where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. Jo doesn’t need to see you, so you may decide not to turn your video on. If you have earbuds you can Bluetooth or plug in to your device, that would be great to enhance the experience, otherwise just listen through your device’s speakers, as Jo guides the practice. Adjust the temperature of your space for your comfort (as far as possible). Have a water bottle handy plus any props you’d like to use to support you: blanket, thin cushion/pillow for under your head, bolster or pillow for under your knees (to support lower back) or along your spine (for more relaxation through shoulders and heart space), and maybe an eye pillow (or scarf/sleep mask as a substitute). None of those props is essential, it’s up to you how you set up for comfort, and you may choose to be seated if it’s better for you than lying down.