Yoga Nidra connects you to your subconscious and deeper unconscious, which together, contain your greatest strengths, abilities, knowledge and wisdom. You can create stronger connections to this part of you by regularly practicing Yoga Nidra to develop your intuition and expand your sense of self. Yoga Nidra enables you to access your unconscious by teaching you how to remain awake and aware as you relax deeply.
Stage 1: Stay awake and aware in Yoga Nidra
Most people fall asleep when they relax, so the first stage of learning Yoga Nidra is to practice remaining awake and aware. This has many physical and psychological health benefits that evolve as you discover more and more of the hidden treasures that lie dormant inside you. Start using Yoga Nidra to experience profound relaxation, recuperation and healing benefits.
Stage 2: Create a powerful resolve, or sankalpa
The second stage of Yoga Nidra is to learn how to create and use a resolve, called a sankalpa. The sankalpa is a statement of intent that it is linked to something you really want in your life. It is a technique that empowers you to focus on what you truly want and mobilizes you to actualize your desire. Formulating a sankalpa occurs in three steps:
- Examine your desires and choose one.
- Imagine what is required to achieve your goal.
- Articulate your desire as a short, simple, positive sentence that reminds you of your goal.
Repeat the sankalpa mentally before and after practicing Yoga Nidra or any other meditation technique. The sankalpa is powerful, because it is linked to something that you really want in your life. This will help you to remain awake as you go within.
Connect to your unconscious, intuitive self
By constantly repeating the same sankalpa in Yoga Nidra until the desire is fulfilled, thoughts and feelings associated with the sankalpa continue to operate at the junction between your conscious and subconscious mind while you are engaged in your day-to-day activities. You can easily remember your sankalpa when you need it, for example, when you feel low, lost or confused. Over time, you begin to embody this connection with the subconscious mind, which is far more powerful than your conscious mind.
To learn more about creating a powerful sankalpa read How to find your life purpose – your Dharma.