What is Nidra Meditation?
The meditation/yoga nidra classes bring us closer to the meditative state. We focus on the work on pratyahara (the interiorization of the senses), dharana (centering) and dhyana (meditation) to bring the mind inwards, towards the subtle, the intuitive.
Meditation is a state of consciousness that allows us to connect with the natural essence of our being, beyond the mental turmoil and stress of everyday life. In this meditative state we experience deep peace and great inner serenity. We move from a state of dispersion and mental agitation to centering and inner silence, to gradually approach the meditative state. When the mind is relaxed, there is a greater lucidity that allows us to observe clearly and calmly the eventualities that occur in daily life without them affecting us in a negative way.
There are as many meditation techniques or practices as there are people or teachers who have practiced them. Each technique will resonate more or less with us. But these techniques are only a support, like the wheels or small auxiliary wheels that we put on children’s bicycles to learn to ride a bike. Sooner or later we will have to let go of the technique and see that the meditative state occurs by itself in us.
Through the practice of meditation, discernment and intuition are sharpened, we manage to increase and strengthen our equanimity so that this state of peace and inner serenity becomes an integral part of our personality and thus we can lead a full life, full of love, joy and serenity.
Benefits of Meditation
- Reduce stress
- Increase concentration
- Improves mood
- Increase compassion and empathy
- Reduces irritability
- Increase mental and physical well-being
- Increase creativity
- Help improve memory
- Strengthens equanimity
- Help eliminate addictions
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Strengthens the immune system
- Help to reduce and to eliminate anxiety
How are the nidra meditation classes?
The classes are structured in 4 types:
– Antar Mauna Meditation
– Kaya Sthairyam Meditation
– Meditation on Sounds and Silence (second Friday of each month)
– Yoga Nidra (last Friday of each month)
Antar Mauna Meditation
Antar Mauna means inner silence. It is a meditation technique in six phases that transports us from the perception of external sounds, to thoughts and finally to the inner silence.
Silence is not the absence of noise, but the absence of thoughts. When the mind becomes calm, when it becomes quiet, silence appears. This technique allows us to find inner serenity and extract ourselves from the external, from that which conditions us, whether it be sounds, thoughts or the most absolute chaos.
Kaya Sthairyam Meditation
Kaya Sthairyam means firmness of the body. Through attentive observation of the body’s sensations and realization in our firmness, the practitioner approaches the meditative state.
It is the basic technique from which we learn to stabilize our posture, to observe the body and through this observation allow the mind to settle down and calm down.
Meditation on Sounds and Silence
Sound is a whole discipline within yoga, naad yoga or sound yoga. This is also one of the most effective meditation techniques, since the vibration of sounds, the repetition of seed sounds, etc. produce an effect of purification and centering in the mind. Even for the most mentally minded people a vacuum is created from which they can begin to glimpse stages closer to meditation.
The classes combine the sound of Tibetan bowls, chanting or reciting mantras and spaces of silence.
Yoga nidra is a guided, deep and conscious relaxation technique, indicated for any person who wishes to reduce physical, mental and emotional tensions, and reach a state of deep rest and relaxation, counteracting the stress and tiredness that make a dent in our health.
The discipline of guided and conscious relaxation. Yoga (union), Nidra (sleep). The state of Yoga Nidra is the union with our deepest consciousness.
Unlike the other techniques, Yoga Nidra is done lying down in savasana with some supports for greater comfort. It is only required to feel and listen, to let oneself be carried away by the instructions that will lead us to more and more inner layers of our being.