The Transforming Power of Yoga Nidra

Have you ever attended a yoga class that finished up with an awesome final relaxation pose making you feel totally at peace? If so, then you have experienced a form of Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is defined as “yogic sleep” but it’s really the state that hovers between wakefulness and sleep.

Richard Miller describes it wonderfully by saying, “In yoga nidra, we restore our body, senses, and mind to their natural function and awaken a seventh sense that allows us to feel no separation, that only sees wholeness, tranquility, and well-being.”

That sounds too good to be true and not that easy to attain, right?

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Receive Your Wisdom

As I sit down to plan the last installment of our Yoga & the Chakra series, I am looking for a way to explain how it is that the final chakra in this energy lineup isn’t really a chakra at all.

The crown chakra doesn’t have any true and specific characteristics like the other chakras below it. No exact color, element, sense organ, anatomical part or yoga pose can be assigned to it. Its petal count is 1000 which is defined in the ancient texts as infinity. Resting at the top, it isn’t a center of energy at all but instead a magnificent opening for receiving and transmitting.

As our universal connection, this last energy matrix is a place for all of the accumulated chakra qualities to converge and merge with the macrocosm. The crown receives its opulence when all of the other chakras below it are collaborating and supportive of one another.

So, how can I explain this in real life experience?

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The Chakras in a Nutshell

Last May, I began my monthly zoom class series called Yoga & the Chakras. I invited my dear friend Kayo Malik (Chinese doctor/acupuncturist) to join me and for the past six months we have been blending our healing systems to achieve one synergistic presentation of the chakra energy model.

It has been very educational to discover that, although the system of Yoga was practiced a continent away from China, each culture developed a subtle body concept that was identical at its core. Just goes to show you that when something is authentic, it is eventually known by all.

I have enjoyed our journey immensely. And, now that we will be culminating with the crown chakra this month, I have decided to give a synopsis of the progression we’ve made through the energetic body – highlighting our two perspectives.

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Becoming More Intuitive

The mind’s eye, also known as the third eye, is spiritually located between the eyes at the level of the brow. Physically, it has been related to the pineal gland which resides within the brain directly between the right and left sides – deep center to the spiritual third eye mark.

René Descartes called the pineal gland the “principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all our thoughts are formed.”

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Getting Away From it All in Sedona

Sedona is famous for its red rocks, wonderful hiking and energetic vortices. As some of you know, our family lived in the area for about 15 years before moving to Prescott. During our time in Sedona we did a good amount of hiking and, of course, experienced the choice places for shopping and dining. So, for our return anniversary trip we were looking specifically for a place where we could just nestle in and drop off the grid for some peace and calm.

We sure found it. The Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek was just what we were looking for and more. And what was really amazing is how gorgeous the creek was during the tail end of our monsoon season.

We drove up to the area around noon following a long morning of rain. We were familiar with the fact that the access road to the resort could have some water covering it – but, there was a lot more than we bargained for…

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