Yoga Nidra & Self Healing Meditation

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Hello world. It has been a long time since this site has seen a new post. Shoshanaspa is back. This post is dedicated to Tiziana, my little sister, who needs some Self Healing.

As I walk on the bustling streets on Hong Kong my iPod playlist comes to Eckhart Tolle’s, Power of Now, sweet and calming voice. Normally I would advance forward to  music, but today, I opened my mind and I found that consciousness followed.  He spoke of Yoga Nidra, otherwise known as Yogic Sleep.  After I listened fully to his message, I found myself transported to the year 2000 when I was living in Bacalar, Mexico, studying to become a Yoga Instructor.  We spent many hours practicing Yoga Nidra and for years after, every transition from waking to sleeping, I would practice.

Yoga Nidra can help to increase immunity, and heal aliments of the body.  Below is a summed version of this meditation.  Please read the words and then lay down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and try.  You are the only one that will be able to prove the evidence of whether this meditation works.

Focus on your breath.  Feel the inhalation and exhalation.  Once you have slowed the breath, begin to draw your breath all  the way to your toes.  Focus only on your toes, and ask them to relax (use your inside voice to ask them to relax) and feel them relaxing.  Move your breath to the tops of your feet and bottom of your feet. Ask them to relax and then feel them relaxing.  Move your breath and attention over your ankles, and continue in the same pattern all the way up to your hips. Focus on every part of your legs and finally feel them totally relaxed.  Move your breath to you arms and practice the same, asking and feeling relaxation come over your arms.  Move to the back, feel each vertebrae relax, and all the muscles around the vertebrae, the kidneys, the diaphragm.  Feel the entire back relax.  Move your attention and awareness to the genital organs, the stomach, all the organs, wrap your breath around them and ask for relaxation.  The breath will follow your attention.  Move your attention up to your ribs, and your neck.  The upper part of your neck, the lymph glands, around your neck. The face, feel the relaxation around your jaw, your tongue, your cheeks, your nose, the space between your nose, the forehead, and then finally the back of the head and top of the head.  The total body is relaxed.  Once you feel complete relaxation. Focus on the breath.  Only the breath, do not change or alter the breath, just be aware.

If your mind wanders, just bring it back to the breath.  When you are ready to return, begin to wiggle and move, and roll onto your left side before sitting up.

Do this 2 times a day, and Self Healing will happen.

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