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Background Information

The Principals and the Preparation for Yoga Nidra   

 

Yoga Nidra means psychic sleep. a place between sleep and wakefulness. Yoga Nidra is useful to prepare yourself for sleep, it relaxes the whole body and the mind. Sleep will be deep, one will need fewer hours and one wakes up feeling refreshed and energetic. In the state of deep relaxation that results, tension is released, the mind becomes clear and the thoughts are more powerful.

In psychic sleep, we contact our inner personality to change our attitude towards ourselves and others. It has been used by yogis since time immemorial to bring them face to face in the inner self.

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A resolve or Sankalpa is made during the practice. It should be something of immense importance to you. In the state of Yoga Nidra passivity, this type of autosuggestion is very powerful. Such resolves can change your whole life.By this method, you can change old habits and cure certain mental illnesses. example: "Every day in every way I am becoming healthier and healthier" or happier and happier.

A short statement that can be repeated word for word with the same conviction and emphasis.  Your Sankalpa or resolve should be repeated several times during practice ( you will be reminded), and should be repeated in Yoga Nidra for days thereafter. 

The mind should be taken up with the instructions, and requires acute attentiveness. Do not slumber and do not try to understand or rationalize the directions.

The practice should be done supine (laying), head flat on the floor (although you may use a small cushion if needed), body aligned, palms upward. Lie completely still, the body must be totally relaxed (light, loose clothing is suggested), no physical movement once the practice has begun. Best done on an empty stomach.  

 

For recordings of Yoga Sleep or to order "Yogic Sleep" - a CD for the practice of Yoga Nidra with the sound of Crystal Bowls, go here.

 

Mindfulness, Meditation & Breath

 

Mindfulness is an Eastern practice to train our minds. It is a practice that cultivates sustained conscious wakefulness or presence. Mindfulness is a life discipline for raising awareness of ‘what is’.

Practicing mindfulness is like building up a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Only rather than building up a muscle, practicing mindfulness strengthens our mind.

In Eastern culture, the mind is not merely about thoughts and beliefs, as we perceive it in the West. Rather, the mind is conscious awareness itself. We may bring awareness into our thinking so we can critique our thoughts with accuracy. In mindfulness, the mind is not thought, but rather, conscious awareness, so mindfulness encourages us to learn from our own experience.

Mindfulness is a life-enhancing practice that enables us to expand our conscious awareness and general presence. Mindful awareness allows us to become more sensitive to what is occurring in the present moment, both within ourselves and also in the outside world.

Mindfulness can be defined as intentionally bringing awareness to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. This skill is developed through engaging with systematic training in regular meditation practices, and also bringing mindful awareness and acceptance into daily life and work.

 

Mindfulness promotes a way of being that helps both ourselves and our clients take care of ourselves and live healthier lives. Mindfulness is based on meditation practices from ancient spiritual traditions but is universal in nature. Contemporary training in mindfulness gives participants the opportunity to learn and apply these practices and principles in entirely secular ways. 

For thousands of people all around the world, from all religions and nationalities, mindfulness practice helps people to nurture inner peace within themselves, improve concentration and general well-being. Mindfulness is commonly held in high professional regard for its physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. However, due to poor teaching and attached cultural stigma, this straightforward and useful practice is often avoided, resisted, or even rejected in its entirety.

 

As children, most of us are taught how to remember information and store knowledge in school. However, not all of us are taught how to strengthen our minds and resultantly manage our thinking (especially throughout much of Western culture).

The practice of training our mind expands our ability to detach from thought, emotion, and body sensation enough to witness them. In turn, this allows us to better regulate our emotions, train our brains to focus more efficiently, and teach our bodies to de-stress when we lose our focus.

Ironically, when we master mindfulness practice we often do find relief from anxiety or depression, cure health problems alongside creating a far deeper sense of inner peace and disciplined concentration.

So while the aim of mindfulness is to train our conscious awareness to witness what is occurring in the now, the practice often results in improved balance and happiness in the context of our daily lives.

SOUND HEALING

Crystal Spirit is excited to be again offering world-class sound healing here in Harrison Hot Springs. Elizabeth Is professionally trained in Germany at the Peter Hess Institute and by world-renowned teachers fromNew York, in Biosonic Sound Healing and Vibrational Medicine. With passion and deep understanding for releasing pain and discomfort (dissonance) and shift the physical body into freedom through a system of creating resonance.Listening and feeling Biosonic tuning forks, gongs, bells, and Tibetan bowls create an instant state of mental and physical coherence that can be scientifically measured through the release of constitutional nitric oxide and related biochemical markers that are fundamental to health and well-being.  Crystal Spirit Healing offers sound Re-patterning (vibrational sound therapy), to reduce stress and create a deep sense of peace and well-being. Sound (vibration), has the power to shift and change the energy in the physical body, vibration comes in lots of different forms, for example, music is vibration, some music makes you feel good and we can explain this as resonance “it resonates with you”,  and then there's music that doesn't match your own body vibration we call that "dissonance". With roots seated deep into the fabric of healing and wellness. The sounds of Crystal Spirit return the human organism to greater harmony and balance. This healing modality supports a state where the physical, mental, or subtle bodies can remain vibrant and regenerate after injury or illness. Sound and breath are one and practices of toning, chanting, and singing revitalize breath – itself a key to harmony and homeostasis.  “The sound of the singing bowl touches our innermost soul and brings it into vibration. The sound breaks the tension, mobilizes self-healing forces, and sets free creative energies.”- Peter Hess, FounderThese properties of sound medicine – entrainment, harmony, and homeostasis – represent the rational and spiritual foundation for a new movement in the healing arts and sciences. They support self-healing and the knowledge that health and well being inherent in all of us. 

Tapping into and accessing the energy within is like opening the gate to peace and inner tranquility, allowing the space for healing to expand and grow.  Although vibrational therapy may seem like a relatively new form of alternative medicine, many ancient civilizations have long used sound therapy to heal the body, mind, and spirit. With an array of instruments to create specific sounds and very specific vibratory rates such as crystal bowls, Tibetan gongs and bowls, tuning forks, drums, rattles, and voice as well as some that are placed directly on the body, resonating the sound vibration deep within the body. For deepening the understanding of the profound effect of treatments, treatments can be booked. See below for details. For booking treatments Please contact me directly. HERE

​Come join me and rediscover the peacefulness within.