Please enjoy this recording of an Amrit Method Yoga Nidra experience with Julie that took place during a workshop in 2017. Step One is to lie down and get comfortable, and Step Two is to listen. There is nothing more that you need to do.
You may enjoy some added bliss by incorporating calming essential oils, cozy pillows and blankets, or any other creature comforts that help you find a deeper sense of relaxation and stillness.
Yoga Nidra can be used to help fall asleep at night, or at any other time that you are needing to tame the active mind and deeply regenerate the body. Soften your experience with life and tap into the profound stillness that is always within.
When we are grieving, it can be hard to let ourselves step into the feelings of sadness and pain. But loss is a normal part of the human experience, and if we don't allow ourselves to grieve when we are going through challenging times, then we aren't allowing our body and mind to process and make sense of whatever loss it is that we are experiencing.
This yoga nidra was created to allow yourself to simply feel, relax and be with everything that is here, just as it is. Not trying to push the pain away, but to let yourself be with it, and to let it move through.
Yoga Nidra is so gentle and peaceful; my wish for you is that you can feel safe and feel held as you listen to this meditation.
"Let this quiet be your food. " - Elena Brower
Yoga Nidra is a graceful sleep-based meditation. It is a practice of allowing instead of trying, of being instead of doing. The only thing necessary for you to do, is to find a quiet space where you can sit or lie down comfortably. Everything else naturally unfolds.
The word Yoga means 'to yoke', or 'union'. The word Nidra means 'sleep'. When we practice Yoga Nidra, we are using the biological process of sleep to create union and harmony in the body and mind. It is an effortless practice with ancient roots and modern applications.
Life doesn't always work out the way that we want it to. Yet even though the circumstances around us may be beyond our control, our response to those circumstances is always within our grasp. Meditation is a way to help us slow down in body and mind in order to have a clearer, more grounded view of the world around us.
Through the practice of Yoga Nidra, we are able to distance ourselves from the often chaotic world that surrounds us. We are able to retreat into that place within that remains unchanged despite all the happenings in our outer world. We are able to hear the silence behind the sound. We come out of a Yoga Nidra meditation more grounded, more clear, and better able to manage our lives. It is peaceful, it is powerful, and it is effortless.
I fell in love with this practice the very first time I experienced it. At the time, I was waking up nightly to panic attacks which were really scary. On a whim, I registered for a weekend Yoga Nidra training, and by the end of the first night I upgraded my weekend to the full 100-hour training. Several years later, I now hold an advanced certification in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra, and I both assist with and hold my own Yoga Nidra teacher trainings.
Yoga Nidra provides me with a safe space that I know that I can always retreat to. It connects me to the sanctuary that is always right within me, no matter what is happening in the world around me. It deeply restores my physical body, but even better than that, it clears out all of the mental clutter that is a side effect of living in today's world. I come out of each Yoga Nidra meditation feeling more grounded, centered, and calm. My heart feels more open, and I have a stronger relationship with myself. I'm so thankful for the gifts that this practice has given me time and time again, and one of my favorite things in the world is to share it with others. My desire is for you to experience the same healing benefits and sense of inner peace that is found in this practice.
Please enjoy the free Yoga Nidra meditations offered below. If you are in the Phoenix area, I would love to share space with you soon in person as well. (Stay tuned for an updated class schedule later this summer.). This practice has made immense changes in my life, and I look forward to continuing to learn, grow and share with you as life continues on.
With love and peace,
"You have an amazing gift, Julie. The "yoga community" is the perfect place to share the gift you have where it can be most appreciated. Thanks so very much, Julie, for what you give of yourself when conducting the most wonderful Yoga Nidra!! You have a RARE GIFT, Julie! The energy and connection from you was perfect. Things seemed to simply come together for a wonderful experience! I had the most wonderful night's sleep, too!!" - P.C.