Yoga Nidra 2
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A message from your coach - Uma
The ability to visualise is an important practice for opening the gateways to the unconscious mind. However, visualisation is something that you should allow to happen naturally.
There should be no effort on your part. You may find that at the beginning, images do not just come to mind, in this case, avoid the temptation to focus on trying to create a visualisation, simply allow a sense to develop within you.
To build up your visualisation strength, you may wish to practice by visualising everyday objects and daily routines. In the beginning stages of this practice, you should try to develop dynamic visualisations.
In time you will find the introduction of static images much more accessible.
Going deeper - Moving past the body & mind
We all have an awareness of our physical bodies, and through the practice of Yoga Nidra, we are aiming to build our knowledge of our pranic, mental, psychic and unconscious bodies.
These are referred to in Yogic terms as the Five Koshas – which make up the complete expression of human personality – from the external to the deepest recesses within.
During Yoga Nidra, we travel through these layers.
From the physical body to pranic awareness, you are still very much in the conscious mind in this stage.
From pranic to mental awareness, you start to move into the subconscious mind, yet there is still a small thread connecting you to the conscious mind.
At this point, your senses will become withdrawn, and your consciousness will move inwards, you may experience visions or dreams.
Moving from mental to psychic awareness brings psychic dimensions into play.
You may have an out of body experience or astral projection. The final movement from the psychic to the unconscious mind is when all movements and fluctuations of the mind will cease.
This is the Ultimate experience of Yoga Nidra – when your unconscious state reveals the state of super consciousness.
After the session
Yoga Nidra 2 follows the same path as Yoga Nidra 1. You may notice some small changes in each section, and in this session, an area known as Chidakasha will be opened up to you.
Do your best not to engage with the thoughts and visions that may arise in this space. Practice the art of observing with impartiality.
Once the practice is over and you are fully awake, you may wish to spend some time jotting down your thoughts and images.