yoga nidra was Re: vipassana/jody
- Oh yea, that's one of my favorite approaches.
Though technically not meditation, another approach
I'm appreciating these days is yoga nidra - deep
relaxation, or what is also translated as 'yogic
sleep', a hypnogogic state of mind. I have always
gravitated towards meditation lying down, but had
been told this was not advisable: "you'll fall asleep"
(lol, I thought they were right, because in a sense
I WAS falling asleep!), "your spine has to be upright",
etc. Then one day, I stumbled across a name for what
I had been doing all along by intuitive preference -
yoga nidra. Well, it's been nice to compare with what
others are doing. There is plenty of info and even some
CDs for sale on the web - simply google 'yoga nidra'.
I've been teaching a couple of 'deep relaxation / yoga
nidra' classes for a while now. People love it. I love
leading them. I talk them through several foci/techniques,
then give them something to focus on internally (such as
mental alternate nostril breathing, counted) and then
shut up and let them 'take over'. We usually end class with
15 or so minutes of seated meditation. People tell me they
are much more able to sit in meditation after yoga nidra
and they are amazed by how deeply rested/refreshed they feel.
It is amazing how such a simple practice can radically reset
a person physically, mentally and emotionally. Overall, a
very satisfying way to spend a few hours of my week...
--- In email@example.com, "jodyrrr"
> Vipassana meditation, while based in Buddhism,
> is refreshingly free of ideology and myth. It
> is very effective in terms of bringing changes
> to how we see ourselves and how our minds move
> in the world.