Yoga Nidra is body-centered form of meditation that can be practiced for many reasons: to deeply relax and release stress; to promote healing of the body-mind and to rediscover a greater sense of wholeness and balance that is naturally ours.
This method of guided self-inquiry is usually practiced in a comfortable lying down position, in which participants are guided into the deepest levels of relaxation and meditation. The Yoga Nidra portion of a special weekend practice is typically around 45 minutes in duration. Yoga nidra is also often offered as part of the evening yoga classes, in which case itis usually 15 to 20 minutes in duration.
The practice of Yoga Nidra reveals our innate intelligence and inherent wisdom which burns away negative patterns of conditioning thus creating the space for the spontaneous physical, psychological and interpersonal transformations that can occur as a result of this practice.
Yoga Nidra has helped countless people to release chronic patterns of stress, to boost immune systems and overall health, to sleep better, and to lead more contented lives.
“We use Yoga Nidra to investigate and go beyond our limiting beliefs and conditioning, so that we may live a contented life, free of conflict, anxiety, fear, dissatisfaction, and suffering. And in its ultimate form, we use Yoga Nidra to unravel the sacred mystery of life and reveal the secret of enlightenment.” Richard Miller, Ph.D.
Special Sadhana : Welcoming the New Year, Welcoming Authenticity
A Sunday Afternoon Extended Yoga Practice
January 13th, 2013
2:00 to 5:30 PM
Please visit the Special Sadhana Page for complete information about the above event.
A blanket and yoga mat will be provided to you, however it is strongly recommended that you bring an extra pillow or cushion, blanket and yoga mat for extra comfort during the Yoga Nidra portion of practice.
An eye bag can be helpful if you have one to bring.
• Enrollment is limited, please register early to secure a space. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment in full.
• Course fee is payable by Visa or MasterCard over the phone, or by personal cheque by mail or in person. Payment must be received within 5 days of your initial registration to guarantee your place. Cheques can be made to 'Clearlight Gerald.'
• Course fees are refundable only if your space can be filled.
• Classes will not be cancelled for reasons of weather.
• These practices are not recommended if you have certain acute injuries or limitations.
Contact Clearlight for more information or to register, by e-mail or by phone (514) 933-8671.
Location and Mailing Address
Yogaspace Studio (at Centre L'Esprit) 5252 de Maisonneuve West, #100, Montreal H4A 3S5
"The course was much more than I thought. I was expecting an hour long intensive practice of savasana. So it all started as I was expecting: breathing, focus on muscles, visual images... all bringing a wonderful feeling of relaxation. But relaxation was just the beginning. What interested and surprised me most was the idea that relaxation can be a starting point. As usual, I have to say that I really appreciate how professional, precise, researched and generous you are in your teaching, and this is really appreciated!"
- David Asseo
"Yoga Nidra has most definitely been a way for me to remain stable within, amidst the whirlwind of life! I wanted to discover a new way to find balance in my life through this specific kind of meditation and that's exactly what Yoga Nidra brought me."
- Alexandra Roussel
"Ce cours m'a ressourcé, m'a permis de m'arreter. C'est le plus beau cadeau que j'ai pu m'offrir suite a la naissance de mon fils. J'ai pris de la confiance en moi, savouré la paix intérieure et j'ai en main de beaux outils grace a toi Clearlight et au Yoga Nidra."
- Édith Seguin
"Clearlight, I just wanted to thank you for letting me discover this practice that has helped me in my journey... I'm able to say I'm at peace with myself and I'm able to just appreciate life better."
- Sylvie Makoukji
"I’m definitely less anxious, calmer. A number of things that used to make me upset don’t seem to bother me anymore. I feel more secure. I used to regularly get anxious on the weekends because I felt that they were too busy. Yoga nidra seems to have opened up a space that lets me slow down and ignore various pressures.
"What I find interesting about yoga nidra is that it is effortless. I feel the tangible benefit even if I sleep through a whole session. Without sounding too lazy, it’s very liberating to just go somewhere, relax completely and go on a guided journey. That doesn’t happen even in the movies for me, or during sleep. Yoga Nidra does a better job of turning off my chattering brain."
- Kirsten Weisenburger
"I have to tell you that I definitely SLEEP better after our Yoga Nidra practices, which was the original reason I signed up!"
- Louise Pothier
"When I go to a Yoga Nidra class, I never know where I am going- but once the practice has finished I know that I have been to where I needed to go."
- Marisa Rondina
"I just wanted to THANK YOU for the great Yoga Nidra class last Friday. When I went into class, I literally felt like I was hit by a truck (stressful week). When I left the class on Friday, I left feeling like a new person. Like I had just had the best massage of my life! So, thanks for a great class. I look forward to the next one!!"
"Somebody told me one day that I should not forget the essential in order to focus on the 'important.' I did not understand them. Aren't our daily occupations and responsibilities important? It was a confusing time because I liked what I was doing but began to question its value, and furthermore, to question my own value as a person. It was like going back to be the 4 year old that question herself "What am I? What am I doing here?" The difference was that as a 4 year old I was at peace, 30 years later I was in anguish. During the yoga nidra practices I have questioned my identity, my authenticity, my place in society, in the world, in the universe. I might not have concrete answers, but I feel closer to the essential that I was before. It was like meeting and old friend, like being acquainted back with... myself. :)"
"I had an experience last week that was just amazing. You know how in families there are longstanding "issues and controversies" - well, once again I got into a discussion about one of these with my dad. But I was able to think about how it wasn't going to help the situation to get upset. I lasted a whole hour and managed to finish the conversation with both my dad and I feeling OK - even happy for the first time in my life, instead of freaking out in anger and becoming really upset and crying, I was able to remain calm and articulate when I would feel the intense emotions rising with each other. He even called to thank me the next day for this - I cannot tell you how incredible this is. My husband was completely amazed. So I was left feeling like something really positive came out of what is usually very, very negative, and I felt that Yoga Nidra, yoga practice itself was really having a positive effect on my life."
"I most appreciated the way I would feel right after a Yoga Nidra session a deep sense of inner peace and being somehow re-centered or that my feet had been firmly replanted on the earth!
"I have found that in times of stress or anger I have had an easier time stepping back and watching the emotion rise in me and knowing it is simply another movement... When I started the classes I was at quite a difficult spot in my life. I truly feel that Yoga Nidra has helped me through this time I have felt strengthened, bolstered and encouraged by it. I can't say thank you enough!!"
"I was experiencing anxiety when I first came. I met the sensations of anxiety during the practice of yoga nidra and the anxiety went away on its own. I also use the 'opposite feelings' technique and it helps me to be more confident and relaxed."
"Due to health problems, I have been getting more and more groggy, sleepy, unable to get organized, to think clearly. As I practice Yoga Nidra, I am more alert, getting reorganized and happier as a result.
After session 4, on the way home with my friend, a thought bubbled up to the surface of my mind 'sometimes a needy person can just suck the life out of you and leave holes that cannot be filled.' As I spoke it, I realized that I have been trying to 'fill' one of those 'holes' with food for years! I am beginning to get a grip on my food cravings by just understanding why."
"I find stress has been taking me away from enjoying my life. Through Yoga Nidra I am changing my response to stressors and this helps me live more in the present and enjoy my life."
For more information about Kripalu Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Mom & Baby Yoga, visit the Classes Page.
• Couples Workshop: Preparing for Childbirth with Movement & Breath
• Special Sadhana Intensives