Graduate Resources Module 3
| Yoga Nidra Scripts
*Remember, the yoga nidra practice IS NOT a creative visualization practice. You can use creativity in your script but the main intention is to awaken the witness and observe what is arising without reaction. Active visualization is encouraged and developed in Vijnanamaya kosha. You can also use metaphor and imagination to invoke internal states of sensation in Manomaya Kosha. Once the sensation is awakened in Manomaya, let it go and be left with the raw sensations in the body to be experienced.
*The intention of these scripts is to provide teachers with samples and ideas that they can take into their own writing. They are not intended for direct copying. Please be respectful.
| Recommended Sound Resources
*Be sure to use music that encourage an alpha brain state and not a theta state. Using to low of a frequency may quickly cause students to go into sleep or into trance. Both of these states are not yoga nidra.
Robert A. Monroe, founder of Hemi-Sync®, is internationally known for his work with audio sound patterns that can have dramatic effects on states of consciousness. Monroe observed, during his early research, that certain sounds create a Frequency Following Response in the electrical activity of the brain.
Tom teaches in Intensive formats throughout the world. Because of his immense field of personal knowledge, from the sciences to spirituality, each Intensive is imbued with knowledge relative to the subject matter and overlaid with the sacred sounds he creates. In other words, if you don’t fully get the transmission from the words, you can’t escape the truth of it when the sounds are projected from his voice toward you.
Jonathan Goldman is a internationally acknowledge Master Teacher of sound. He is an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. Jonathan is the director of the Sound Healers Association; the original organization dedicated to the education and awareness of sound and music for healing. He is also president of Spirit Music, which produces music for meditation, relaxation and self-transformation. Jonathan has written numerous articles on the therapeutic and transformational uses of sound and music, which have appeared in many national publications.
Ambiology 1 - The heart
Barry is a musitarian whose passion is utilizing music, or as he calls it, “The Universal Language of Love as a vehicle for transformation. As a performer, Barry has touched audiences with music from his critically acclaimed series “Ambiology” and his inspirational albums “The Moment” and “Shine. He has composed and produced music for New York Times best selling authors:Dr. Daniel Amen, Gregg Braden, Neale Donald Walsch, Dr Joe Dispenza, and Anita Moorjani In addition he has composed live music for Doreen Virtue, Michael Beckwith, James Van Praagh and Colette Baron Reid. Mr. Goldstein has hosted several radio show’s, written articles and facilitates workshops on utilizing music, sound and vibration in the healing process.
Barry’s music is being used in hospitals, hospices, cancer centers, and medical practices. Barry is a keynote speaker for medical conferences and is a sought-after speaker for New Thought conferences presenting cutting edge research on how music is being utilized for medical conditions.
| Somatic Movements to Prep for Nidra
Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. The term is used in movement therapy to signify approaches based on the soma, or 'the body' as perceived from within. When we allow ourselves to drop into the physical sensations of our bodies-the body becomes the platform for meditation-and the sensations that arise draw our mind into alert attention-or interoception, preparing the conscious and subconscious mind for deeper analysis and observation entered in the practice of Yoga Nidra.
Somatic movement allows the mind to be alert and the body to be relaxed. It is not meant to elicit a stretch nor to send the body on alert. Rather somatic movement is how the body is relating to itself and the space around it. Yoga asana on the other hand is how the body is relating to the body. Somatic movement allows us to balance the cognitive thinking with the artistic and creative. It is a visceral experience and cannot be found in the thinking brain. Please note your students can never move 'incorrectly' with this work. All movements are global, gentle meant to develop an introspective experience
For sample somatic movements please click HERE