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Yoga Nidra[Book + CD] Paperback
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I would recommend reading the book and then importing the CD onto your IPOD or other listening device.
If I have had a particularly bad morning at work, then this gives me the opportunity to go and sit somewhere quietly in an empty office on a lunchtime and even if you just listen to it for 15 or 20 minutes you will get the benefit and you will feel calmer.
If you enjoyed this then I really would recommend Metta by Deb Shapiro and in fact all of the books and products of Ed and Deb Shapiro.
Finally, I would also commend Glenn Harrold. The comments are not particularly favourable about his "southern" accent. I am English and I didn't have any issue with it at all.
A deeply relaxing state.
The book gives very clear description on the method behind yoga nidras.
One of the Best together with Uma and Nirlipta
I'm not religious in any ways, I don't pray to any "greater powers", be it a "god" or "true self" or whomever and it makes me horribly un-comfortable. It's very hard to relax when at the very start of the practice one is hit with instructions to do something one feels as if one was being asked to become Christian (or Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu or whoever).
(for those who don't know - in yoga nidra like one makes ones "sankalpa" at the start (and then confirms it at the end) of the practice. Most masters translate it to something neutral like "resolution" or "ideal" "wish" etc ... Not "prayer".)
2) "Sensing the body" "Sensing the breath" & "Sensing the Feelings" are the only 3 parts usable despite the "now go and pray" start - the rest is basically yoga nidra as taught by many other well known teachers as well. Also, the last half of "sensing thoughts" is a quick visualization, quite good one but ...
"Part two - full practice" is just an elongated, un-exhaustable list of feelings and emotions!
No time spent to proper pre-nidra attention to body and breath (feel both of your legs! now feel your whole body! And that's all?) so one is not completely relaxed when the pairs of opposites start; also there are no visualizations they would enable one to reach ones unconscious, and very little of sense pairs (like cold/ hot, light/ heavy) ... All of sudden it's - "What is it like when you feel very A (e.g: powerless and impotent, ashamed and guilty)? What is it like when you feel B (e.g: sensual and potent)? Note these two opposites in your body, feel A and B simultaneously!".
And so it continues - list of feelings; exhausting, long, long, long and fast! And all "feel them simultaneously"... who can possibly feel all those things? In a snap of finger? And all of sudden simultaneously?? I personally have never felt half of the emotions he's telling us to feel (for half of them are pretty dramatic; one must have had very hard life to have felt "impotent" "abused" "unloveable" "lost" "used" "despised" "disconnected" "alienated" "self-hateful"... ?!?!?) so most of the time I have nothing to draw on - and I end up confused and irritated not to being able to follow ... wouldn't call it exactly relaxing and deepening.
So, in a nutshell. It is not yoga nidra. It's a sort of psychoanalytic exercise designed for people with deep emotional and psychologic issues to solve and heal (if that's you, you may want to give it a try)
Full round of Yoga Nidra goes through detailed physical relaxation (of body and breath) before starting the pairing; and then give only a short section of pairs of basic opposites, slowly enough to follow: "Think of any time when you were upset, angry. How did you feel? Where did you feel it? / pause / Now think of time when you felt very calm and peaceful. How did you feel then? /.../". (Not: "All at once! All of these complex feelings! Be aware of all of them!") And then turns to visualizations in order to reach and balance deeper levels of consciousness.
(He turns into even more and more "Be aware!!"; even into an opening and closing eyes practice ... and then at the end back to the "heart-felt prayer" for "healing for oneself or someone else")
If you want to heal a grave mental illness, manic depression etc you may want this CD, maybe, I have never been ill so I can't tell for sure; but
if you want to do yoga nidra for relaxing and deepening your mind and learning more about yourself and the world - don't buy it.
(Yeah, unless you want to learn how to become irritated or how to feel heavy and ill, that is, right. So for those who are that advanced it might be interesting ... though I still think not worth wasting money on! :) )