Yoga nidra or “yogi sleep” (kind of, Aaron will explain it better in the podcast) is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra is a kind of lucid sleeping.
It’s among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. The distinguishing difference is the degree to which one remains cognizant of the actual physical environment as opposed to a dream environment. In lucid dreaming, one is only (or mainly) cognizant of the dream environment, and have little or no awareness of one’s actual environment.
The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
About Aaron Patrick The Yoga Instructor
“My journey into the heart and soul of yoga continues to evolve day by day into more subtle layers of this intricate science. There seems to be a never ending depth to what can be explored within the physical and mental bodies.
Exploring the vast realm of consciousness continues to baffle, amaze and excite me. I feel deeply blessed with the opportunity to share this practice as I continue down my path as an eternal student.
When I began my own study into the yoga science, I had spent the previous decade creating as much disharmony and chaos in my life as I was unconsciously able to (Aaron gets into this in the podcast). I was in a state of total imbalance – physically, mentally and spiritually. I had become an empty shell, living an existence that was dedicated to avoiding the uncomfortable feeling of being in this world.
When the opportunity presented itself to begin walking the path back towards wholeness, I was instantly drawn toward the spiritual sciences of the east. My personal yoga practice began in the comforts of my home. Armed with the books of BKS Iyengar, a cup of tea and a spot in front of my fireplace, I would set myself up each evening to explore the physical postures and breathing/energy techniques available in this literature.
I never entered a yoga studio or even met a yoga teacher for the first few years of my practice. Since this time, I have earned an E-RYT 500 designation from Yoga Alliance, travelling to India multiple times to deepen my understanding of yoga. My travels to India have guided me towards a much more enriched study within the Tantric system. I have become closely connected to the Tantric teachings of The Bihar School of Yoga, and have been blessed with the opportunity to study directly within the family lineage of Kashmir Shaivism – a brach of Tantra out of northern India.
I have trained with direct students of the Iyengar family, and more recently have began working towards my certification in Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy.
I now teach out of Breathe Hot Yoga Studio Calgary
Yoga Nidra Meditation – “Floating Body”
From BackBends To Yoga Nidra…
The intent of this podcast with Aaron Patrick was to talk about Backbends For Bodybuilders. We got sidetracked.
If you’ve listened to my other podcasts or read my articles… this doesn’t shock you.
We started off focused but a whole discussion of yoga, it’s routes and how traditional yoga compares to modern yoga developed. We settled into a discussion on yoga nidra eventually and this is really what the podcast is about.
If you have a deep desire to pursue backbends but are very tight from bodybuilding, sports injuries or running, let me know below.
Aaron and I decided that if there was enough interest, I would hire him for a one on one session and we would film a full session with me as the guinnie pig.
Things Mentioned In This Guided Meditation Episode:
Aaron Patrick Yoga Nidra Meditations on Youtube
Alex Grey Artwork
Music Meditation For Relaxation FaceBook Page
Podcast Music by Coruscant . The Song is called Nerka