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Arpan

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Yoga Nidra+
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:58:31 PM »
@ Kautilya: Hey, this is in continuation with our discussion at:
http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/nondirective-meditation-do-nothing-initial-thoughts/#comment-93929
 
Yoga nidra has two parts:
A. Relaxation
B. Intention

A. I perform this by any one of these 3 methods:
1. Slow and elaborate body scan(discarded now): Here you go from foot to head or head to foot relaxing micro tensions in each part of your body. Many ppl suggest that the relevant body parts should be clenched and then released so that you can "flow into" the relaxation response and let go the tensioms that you could not feel at your baseline. I never did this clenching action, I just gently intend to relax and I can feel something deep in my limb unwind. This process is slow and relaxing but boring too. It forces your monkey mind to give up and become a quiescent observer. You can feel your outer mind and body become as deeply calmed as if in sleep while inwardly you can perceive everything.

2. Images: Here you progressively relax and then think of a predetermined set sequence of seemingly unconnected images:
Moon, Lake, yogi meditating in front of a fire in a forest, a baby, a horse at full gallop etc. I guess these are used to shake your mind out of its habitual linear tracks and make it receptive. These symbols also have some obscure subcobscious impact that's difficult to describe.
Alternatively you can, like in Sadhguru's Chita Shakti series of videos on youtube, systematically visualise yourself rising above the ground in your urban area and flying slowly to an isolated forest clearing where you see a hut. You enter it and find a yogi you deeply rever meditating, resplendent with divine aura. You see a portion of that light enter your third eye and kindle your own inner fire.

3. Direct: Here you let your attention go wherever it wants but within the limits of your body. This is my most preferred method and I devised it for myself so dunno if it lacks some essential esoteric element. Your attention is automatically attacted to areas of tension/discomfort in your body and if you don't interfere, mere awareness would dissolve the tension.

B. Intention:
Once you have entered a quiescent receptive state( I guess alpha brain activity, I maybe wrong), you bring you desire to the fore. Here 2 approaches arrme used traditionally:
1. Introspection first: suppose you wanna quit smoking. So you ask yourself why do you smoke ?
You may feel an answer arising: to appear cool.
Why do you wanna appear cool ?
Answer: so as to fit in with guys.
Why do you wanna fit in with guys ?
Answer: I dont wanna be alone
Why do you fear loneliness ?
Answer: Because I feel vulnerable.
Intention: I am complete, whole and blissful by myself. I value my health.
This is purely a concoction for illustrative purposes and not atall a diagnosis for smoking addiction.
In practice this exchange takes place at a feeling-level, and not so wordy. It's recommended to have another person ask the questions. I feel it can be done before entering yoga nidra for most issues, so I do it before. You can do it alone effectively while you are wide awake if you have high degree of self honesty. This approach helps in first uncovering the root issue which if unaddressed can simply take another form once you solve your current surface issue. At the deepest level it can reveal your "Soul Purpose" which you would be pursuing if you were enlightened or near enlightened.

2. Direct: you just directly intend what you wish.

Intention used here is Very kinesthetic. You invoke not just mental images and emotions of what it would be like if you were successful Right Now, but also a bodily feel. I can feel a sudden warmth flood my body with a tingling thrill followed by a certitude that I am gonna accomplish it. What I have willed has already happened on the astral plane, it just needs time to reflect on the physical. If I have some doubts about a goal before Yoga Nidra i include clauses in feeling-form like: Despite such hopelessness I accomplished this!!! I knew it! I invoke the feeling via memory of such actual feelings I have had in past after getting a pleasant surprise. All these are workarounds to slip by strong inner blocks, instead of working to barrel through them. Once your intention manifests, your brain would edit these blocks out completely or greatly weaken them anyway.

Since you would be at a retreat, you can use more hours of the pre sleep time honing your and deepening your intention before entering yoga nidra. Avoid any sort of sleep inducing substances because it's difficult to not fall asleep while lying down for yoga nidra for newbies. If you find relaxation difficult, a strenous sequence of asanas can make the body ready for it.
Can't recommend anything else because I dunno about your meditation practice right now.

@ Ed: I am not sure under which slot to discuss this because though it's a meditation tech in itself, I use yoga nidra specifically for intention manifestation. You may shift it if you deem it apt.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2017, 07:02:57 PM by Arpan »

Kautilya

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Re: Yoga Nidra+
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 10:40:25 PM »
Hey Arpan,

Thanks for the response - I'm familiar with most of it. I think one thing I was taught was also working with opposites:

"Feel your body becomes really hot! Like there is a flame inside every cell.....now feel your body ice cold like liquid nitrogen is flowing instead of blood!

Feel your body become heavy like stone, your limbs sinking......now feel your body becoming light as air, floating gently upwards..,"

* For anyone reading this, the Intention is called 'Sankalpa' - and kinda means more than just intentions. It is a deep deep resolution and yes, meant to be suggested to oneself when in the 'Nidra' state (not pure Yoga Nidra which is Awareness during deep sleep) - the reverie between awake and asleep*

I think my intention is actually to act according to God's Will. Of course there are sub-intentions but mainly I will cultivating surrender. Also practicing concentration meditation. Of course, ideally Yoga Nidra as well, working with my insights.

P.s. I haven't got time to learn loads of Asana's, do you think Surya Namaskar is sufficient as my pre-meditation routine?


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Re: Yoga Nidra+
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 11:23:05 PM »
"Feel your body becomes really hot! Like there is a flame inside every cell.....now feel your body ice cold like liquid nitrogen is flowing instead of blood!

Feel your body become heavy like stone, your limbs sinking......now feel your body becoming light as air, floating gently upwards..,"

Oh yeah, I encountered this in one very old guide. I think this has same effect as images I mentioned, i.e. to shake you out of your everyday-mind. Plus, this temperature control, tummo etc are an independent area of interest for me( I dreaded winters as a kid). I can actually induce noticeable temperature changes most of the times and start getting interested in it instead of yoga nidra, so I stopped using it.

Re Sankalp: I know. I just didn't wanna mention more Eastern terms because this forum is largely populated by Westerners and so much jargon creates a headache for readers.
Yoga nidra is advised usually only for those Intentions which you want to frame your life around, not for fooling around. Thanks for bringing up this point.

"I think my intention is actually to act according to God's Will. Of course there are sub-intentions but mainly I will cultivating surrender. Also practicing concentration meditation. Of course, ideally Yoga Nidra as well, working with my insights."

I tend to take the God paradigm very seriously. I feel that for being a powerful person, especially in magickal sense, it's extremely valuable to hold atleast something inviolable and sacrosanct in your life. Lack of such a thing in modern skeptical generation is what leads to a shoot up in psychological distress. God method taps into pre existing conditioning from home so it has a chance of becoming very firmly rooted, hence I don't play arouns with it like "just another reality tunnel". This invariably bring my less noble intentions into head on conflict with this dominant paradigm and I make strict choices in favour of latter.
I think you can experiment "threading" all your methods together. Eg. I thread all of mine with the thread of: Surrender/Let Go/Do Nothing.
With this attitude, concentration becomes: Let Go of anything besides the Object.
Clarity= let go off confusion.

If I now have to strenously concentrate, I do it like anyone else, but Let Go has conditioned my mind to not bring in desire/obsession/cribbing about the required effort etc. This makes a tremendous difference in practice.

Re Asanas: Well I too have extremely limited knowledge and interest in asanas. As an experiment I have largely given up exercising these days and I am doing 36-48 surya namaskars daily in the morning. It is strenous if done in a disciplined manner. It can be tweaked to a very slow rythm if you want more of meditative benefits(which are surprisingly good if you meditate on sun and/or recite sun mantras inwardly), and faster if you are inclined more towards physical effects. Many yogis in past considered it to be a full workout. And yes, don't forget Corpse Pose just after you finish.

« Last Edit: September 30, 2017, 02:36:22 PM by Arpan »

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Re: Yoga Nidra+
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 12:41:00 AM »
Thanks a lot man - really helped!

Yes, Letting go, Letting God - is becoming a mainstay of mine as well.

I think I've gotten some good advice....

Away for a month now!

Thank you

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