Yoga Nidra, also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, is an ancient practice that is rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. It is profoundly restorative for the body and mind. In fact, a half an hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to 2 hours of conventional sleep.
"We live in a chronically exhausted, over stimulated world," says renowned yoga teacher Rod Stryker. "Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs."
When yoga nidra is combined with sankalpa (or resolution) it can have a profound and positive effect on your life. A sankalpa is a positive statement or affirmation. Something that you are deeply committed to achieving in the next 3-6 months.
A sankalpa creates new life-affirming directions and coupled with yoga nidra, it allows you to gather all of your potential power to accomplish whatever goal or end you desire. Your sankalpa is a clear statement affirming something you want to achieve. Your sankalpa should be clear, concise, and in the positive and present tense.
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