Yoga Nidra: Conscious Deep Sleep of the Ancient Sages
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Yoga Nidra: Conscious Deep Sleep of the Ancient Sages

The Traditional Meaning and Practice of Yoga Nidra
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4.9 (25 ratings)
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Created by Abhyasa Ashram
Last updated 8/2017
English
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn several guided meditations leading to Yoga Nidra
  • Understand the subtler, deeper meaning of Yoga Nidra
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Requirements
  • Anyone can start the practice of Yoga Nidra, and allow it to grow for you
  • There are no particular prerequisites for this course
Description

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma.

In recent years it has become common to use the term "yoga nidra" to mean virtually any form of relaxation practice. However, Yoga Nidra is traditionally a profoundly deep practice that is refined over an extended period of time. In this course we will review this traditional perspective and teach you to patiently allow the amazing depth to be revealed over time.

Your presenter is Swami Jnaneshvara, whose famous Yoga Nidra CD has been the most popular in the world for over 10 years.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is ideal for those with some exposure to Yoga
  • The course is ideal for those with some exposure to Meditation
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
02:43:35
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Introduction
12 Lectures 49:40



Beyond guided imagery
02:15

Beyond music
04:08

Beyond sankalpas or affirmations
04:06

Not "for" this or that disease
05:06

Beyond reverie
02:48

Beyond lucid dreaming
04:30

Yoga Nidra is not new
04:10

Not a brand name or trademark
04:32

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Levels of Consciousness and Yoga Nidra
3 Lectures 12:27
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Metaphors Related to Yoga Nidra
4 Lectures 19:35
Four aspects of the ocean of Consciousness
03:23

Parachuting and Yoga Nidra
03:50

Yoga Nidra and the backdrop of a stage
05:20

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Key Concepts of Yoga Nidra
10 Lectures 59:53
Pratyahara and Yoga Nidra
03:43

Meditation and Yoga Nidra are companions
04:51

Consciousness recedes in Yoga Nidra
05:02

Thoughts are formless in Yoga Nidra
10:55

The seeds of archetypes
05:28

Purifying samskaras, the deep habit patterns
03:06

Brain waves and Yoga Nidra
09:05

Yoga Nidra is a process of emptying
05:08

The destination, not merely the journey
05:07

Yoga Nidra and the chakras
07:28
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Practicing Yoga Nidra
3 Lectures 09:30
Methods are many, and simple
02:43

When Yoga Nidra comes naturally
02:45

Yoga Nidra and naps
04:02
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Guided Practices of Yoga Nidra
3 Lectures 12:28
Introduction to the guided Yoga Nidra practices
06:56


Only one state of Yoga Nidra
04:48
About the Instructor
Abhyasa Ashram
4.7 Average rating
1,150 Reviews
31,120 Students
11 Courses
Traditional Yoga (Over 40,000 Udemy Students)

YOGA  is a WHOLE LIFE process. Although each of our courses has an individual emphasis, they go hand-in-hand with the others as one process of Yoga. We presently have 9 online courses published through Udemy, including 8 in English and 1 in Dutch.

Abhyasa Ashram is a monastery and yoga meditation center which practices universal meditation and contemplation as taught by the ancient tradition of yogis of the cave monasteries of the Himalayas, especially as transmitted through the lineage of Swami Rama. The tradition has no name, and is not affiliated with any of the institutions or religions of the plains of India or other countries surrounding the Himalayas, although individual meditators may personally align themselves with a wide variety of religions or institutions. We may refer to the tradition as "the tradition of the Himalayan masters" or "the Himalayan tradition", but that is for the sake of convenience, and is not a style or brand name as is popular these days.

Our methods of meditation and contemplation involve systematic awareness of all levels of our being, including actions/senses, body, breath, mind, finally resting in the awareness of the Self (atman) which is one with the universal Self (brahman). At Abhyasa Ashram we have aspirant training, not teacher training. Our approach to training is mostly individual or group coaching, as Yoga meditation and contemplation has been traditionally taught for thousands of years. Aspirants with various degrees of experience naturally teach others within the context of their own lives and modes of service.

From the perspective of our meditation tradition, each person is perfect, pure consciousness (atman, purusha, shakti) at the core of her or his being. The entire process of yoga sadhana (meditation and contemplation practices) is to reduce the colorings of attractions, aversions, and fears that usually veil that realization (often called Self-realization). This is done by systematically receding inward through senses, body, breath, conscious and unconscious mind. The final barrier is removed through a transmission of grace, which is known as shaktipata, the bestowing of the pure consciousness of shakti. It is also known as guru kripa, grace of guru. In our tradition guru is a force field of consciousness, and is not any person, although that grace of guru can flow through a person.

At Abhyasa Ashram the word "Yoga" is used in its traditional meaning, rather than the revisionist meaning of Yoga as merely a gymnastic or physical fitness program. Yoga means “union" of the individual consciousness and universal consciousness, Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, as well as Shiva and Shakti. It is pure consciousness (Purusha) standing alone from primal manifestation (Prakriti).

Yoga is traditionally taught, practiced and learned through close relationships in a community of noble friends, known as kalyana-mitra. Guru is a stream of knowledge of direct experience which, though it may operate through a person, is itself not a person. While some participants in ashram activities have a theistic (god) orientation and others a non-theistic orientation, we virtually all intuit that there is only one, nondual (advaita), absolute reality even though it may appear to be dualistic.

Our purpose is to share with people who have an interest in the principles and practices of the Himalayan masters, including traditional Yoga Meditation, Vedanta, and internal, meditative Tantra. Our community of meditation and contemplation is devoted to serving those who deeply long for the direct experience of union with the eternal, pure center of consciousness, the bliss of being that is one with the absolute reality, as the wave who seeks to remember it is one with the ocean. One word for that union is "Yoga."

The word "Abhyasa" means "practices." Abhyasa is purposefully choosing to do that which leads to "sthitau," which is a stable, steady, undisturbed inner calmness or tranquility. Abhyasa is one of the twin foundations of Yoga, along with Vairagya, the mental stance of non-attachment (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16). The root of the word Ashram is "shrama," which means "effort" or "striving." The hermitage, home, or training center of a swami or other person serving people in their efforts towards inner peace and awakening of consciousness is often called an Ashram. Thus, our community of meditation, contemplation and learning is known as Abhyasa Ashram. More than any physical location, it is really a place of the heart, an inner sanctuary of silence.

In loving Service,

Swami Jnaneshvara (Swamiji, Swami J)
Swami Ma Tripurashakti (Ma Tri, Ma)