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iRest & Yoga Nidra can help people lean into their life regardless of the situation or circumstance and support them to discover that there is nothing to fix, heal or change.
Today, with Jenn Brennan, we are talking about Yoga Nidra’s healing effects:
👉 What is Yoga Nidra?
👉 The difference between Yoga Nidra and meditation
👉 The purpose of Yoga Nidra
👉 What yoga teachers should know about Yoga Nidra, iRest and the different Yoga Nidra practices/”styles”
👉 How Yoga Nidra can change your life and achieve transformation
Jenn Brennan is a Holistic Health Practitioner who empowers women to discover a deep connection within themselves that unlocks more joy in their daily life. She is passionate about helping others in times of stress, transition & loss.
Check out Jenn’s online program: https://www.facebook.com/DeepRestore/
Visit Jenn online: http://www.yogabathandbody.com
[00:04] Introduction to Jen Brennan and Yoga Nidra
[00:43] What is Yoga Nidra?
[03:12] Is it normal to fall asleep in Yoga Nidra?
[04:47] What is the difference between Yoga Nidra and Meditation?
[05:45] Is your meditation practice benefiting those around you and yourself?
[09:04] Do certain types of meditation separate us?
[09:45] Yoga Nidra gives us a sense of connection.
[10:37] How Yoga Nidra translates from the supine state into the rest of our lives.
[14:08] The different “brands” of Yoga Nidra and how yoga teachers can get started.
[18:14] When is a good time to do Yoga Nidra?
[19:17] Why you sleep so well after Yoga Nidra.
[22:22] Resources Jenn recommends for Yoga Nidra.
[25:27] How Jenn uses Yoga Nidra in her classes and yoga business.
Quotes from this episode
Yoga Nidra takes you from the waking state, the thinking state, all the way through the different levels of the brain waves that release you into deep relaxation.
With Yoga Nidra, we want to be able to navigate through these different layers of brain wave states and still be aware.
It can be super challenging for people to enter into a Yoga Nidra if they’re used to being on the go all the time because we actually invite in deep relaxation by laying down and resting and stillness so that they can enter into the deeper states where healing can happen and more awareness can shine through.
Another difference between Yoga Nidra and regular meditation is that it’s a deep practice of welcoming and also befriending life in the body.
I’ll never forget the moment when I was drinking a cup of tea and for some reason Oprah was on Super Soul Sunday and somebody said, “if your meditation practice is not benefiting those around you, it’s not very powerful.”
When I heard that, I realized my form of meditation was causing more separation. I could only find meditation in specific states. I had to have stillness in order for it to feel like it was working.
And yet Yoga Nidra is you walking in life, walking through life, feeling everything as it is.
Is your meditation feeding you in a way that you’re a more kinder, more compassionate person, not just towards others, but towards yourself?
Because if we’re not careful, we can use our meditation as a medication from feeling real life.
And we all know that the more we put up the resistance patterns of just not meeting ourselves in our meditation practice, then we put that out into the world of not being able to meet the world is it comes to us on an ongoing basis.
The principle behind the Yoga Nidra and particularly iRest, is that everybody is wanting to feel a sense of connection, a sense of belonging, a sense of being seen and a sense of being heard.
And so if we are integrating that into the Yoga Nidra or into our meditation practice, there’s a very good chance that it’s going to create a more expansive state.
iRest protocol is a step by step process to feel into each of these layers of our being so that we can integrate back to the true remembrance of wholeness that we are.
It’s trying to lead you into a place where you remember that your true nature is really this wellbeing of vitality, of joy and of love.
The more you practice Yoga Nidra, the more the practice remembers you. It becomes part of your life. It lives through you.
Jenn’s Book Recommendations
The iRest Program for Healing PTSD by Richard Miller
Daring to Rest by Karen Brody
Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamini Desai