Master Class: Yoga Nidra – Crafting Stories
Premajyoti is an experienced Yoga Therapist, Facilitator and Counsellor. She employs Yoga Nidra with clients on a weekly basis through her Yoga Therapy Practice.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient and systematic form of deep relaxation that actively fosters profound physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. While resting in a highly receptive state, similar to those moments we all experience right before falling asleep or just as we wake up, our minds become more able to release and transform deep seated tensions that tend to remain out of reach during waking hours, or even during sleep. The story is a powerful tool within the Yoga Nidra system and it creates scope to…
* Rework and release tensions and unhelpful past experiences
* Receive new and useful information/transmissions
* Prepare psychologically for upcoming events (E.g. exams, public speaking)
During this Master Class
* Review the Yoga Nidra process and how each stage relates to the koshas (energetic sheaths of the human system) and brainwave patterns
* Review the purpose and place of a story visualisation in Yoga Nidra
* Explore the use of common and potent symbols within the Yoga Nidra story
* Explore the place and power of metaphor within a Yoga Nidra story
* Create and share Yoga Nidra stories within the shared group environment
* Gain confidence in creating and delivering stories in Yoga Nidra
* Experience a Yoga Nidra designed with a story for a specified groups
* Leave with a shared bank of Yoga Nidra stories to use in your ongoing practice
Ashram Yoga’s Level 1 Yoga Nidra teacher training, Ashram Yoga’s Level 2 yoga teacher training, or similar approved training.
Time……………………..10am – 3pm
Phone……………………027 244 9589 for more information
Questions and Answers with Premajyoti
Questions: How effective is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is an incredibly effective relaxation practice, reliever of emotional and physical tensions, and a vehicle to expand awareness. Much of the effectiveness lies in the fact that it works on a person’s system at multiple levels simultaneously. For example, it relaxes the body, retrains the breath and creates a nurturing brainwave pattern all in one process.
A Yoga Nidra can be delivered to many people at the same time – they only need space to lie straight on their backs and be able to hear the voice of the person delivering the relaxation. When the Yoga Nidra is well-designed, particularly in the story/visualisation section, the same story/visualisation is relatable to everyone at their own level and from their own personal experiences.
What results have you seen in people who use it?
I have seen many profound and at times astounding results in the people I have used Yoga Nidra with as part of Yoga Therapy. Most people at least experience an improved general ability to cope with stress, to sleep better and a sense that they have ‘let go’ of concerns and unnecessary emotion.
I have been with people when they have sat up and made strong and important decisions after a Yoga Nidra. I have seen people’s physical conditions spontaneously improve due to the deeply relaxing impact on the body. I once worked with a young person who was able to overcome extreme panic attacks (requiring emergency room visits) due to the Yoga Nidra practice along-side counselling. I have been part of groups who have opted to use Yoga Nidra to learn and retain new knowledge and material.
What is the goal of this Master Class?
The goal of the Master Class is to provide people who already work with Yoga Nidra the opportunity to enhance their understanding and skill with designing the story/visualisation section of the practice. I believe there is an element of art to writing effective visualisations and I am looking forward to sharing knowledge and experience in this area. The intention is for the class participants to leave the day feeling confident about designing stories and to also leave with a bank of story ideas that have been shared during the day.
Is this Master Class aimed at the therapeutic use of Yoga Nidra?
Not directly – obviously Yoga Nidra is an inherently therapeutic practice and we will discuss this aspect during the day, but the Master Class is not designed to teach people how to use Yoga Nidra as an individual therapy for specific problems. Though gaining skill in the art of story design will certainly lead people to that type of work.
Is this Master Class aimed at personal use of Yoga Nidra, or use on others?
The class will centre mostly on use on others, although in its original and ancient form, Yoga Nidra was intended to be taken up as a personal practice and it is an excellent way for people to work with themselves. It is also a good discipline for the mind to take oneself through a Yoga Nidra practice. Any questions about Yoga Nidra for personal use will certainly be discussed during the Master Class.
How is this Master Class different from Yoga Nidra Level 2?
As the title denotes, this Master Class focuses predominantly on crafting the story/visualisation section of a Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra Level 2 expands on all areas of the practice and gives training on working more closely with the internal body, the subtle energy systems, the Chakras, the Tattwas, and how to customise Yoga Nidra. And of course, when you do a course with Shantimurti, you get access to all of the masterful gems, stories and anecdotes he shares from his vast experience and knowledge in this area.
How to go about booking an individual Yoga Nidra session with you, Premajyoti?
Email me at kab180[at]hotmail.com or text/call 027 244 9589.