Yoga Nidra is both a state of consciousness and a method. The process of yoga nidra is a type of guided meditation that blends ancient yogic wisdom with modern neuroscience by using a progressive relaxation technique to consciously tap into and rewire the subconscious mind. You can think of it like a guided power nap that functions like a massage for your nervous system. This kind of practice can be particularly beneficial for people who may have deeply engrained negative self-talk, are chronically overworked, or who struggle to find inner peace.
I wrote this Yoga Nidra practice with the intention of connecting with people like myself, who may struggle sometimes to feel joy in their bodies. I’m aware of and have experienced many different reasons that a person might feel at odds with their body: physical limitations, injury, illness, struggle with body image, gender expression, sexuality, a sense of clumsiness, adverse experiences and so, so much more might contribute to challenges with one’s relationship to one’s body. I’m also aware that this territory can be very tricky to navigate, that this can be an extremely sensitive topic, so i want to invite you to be gentle with yourself here today. There’s no wrong way for your experience to unfold, and you are always welcome to adjust yourself physically, pause the recording, or stop completely at any point during the practice. This time is for you.
The plan: We’ll spend a few moments settling in, go through a body scan, get in touch with our breath, and then I’ll be guiding you through a visualization that invites you to explore how harmony and authenticity in your body might feel. Although I’ve used words like ‘body bliss,’ and ‘body positivity,’ in the title of this meditation, i also want to acknowledge body neutrality as a huge milestone on this path, and if that feels like a more appropriate intention for today, know that that’s also supported and available here.
Wishing you peace, health, and a loving relationship with your body. Namaste.
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