In Sanskrit, "Nidra" means Sleep, and "Yoga" means Unite. "Yoga Nidra" is a conscious and awakened way to fall asleep.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient and well known meditation and body-mind therapy. With step-by-step calming, vocal guidance, the instructor gently guides you to consciously experience unity with your physical body, gently allowing your body to embrace rest, then sleep.
If you have never experienced Yoga Nidra, I invite you to have the direct experience yourself with my friend, Yoga teacher to Yoga teachers, transformational life coach and spiritual guide – Craig Villani. I have had the honor of being led by Craig in Yoga Nidra Meditation many times and rather than tell you how incredible the meditation is, I would like you to experience it for yourself.
This is my personal, favorite meditation for my family and I: Yoga Nidra with Craig Villani
Ever since we have had to shelter at home, there has been a distinct loss in the quality of my sleep. I find myself up late at...
In a time when so much seems outside of our control, unmanageable and uncertain, let us take a collective breath and pause. Let's take a few moments in this meditation to learn how to chant the Universal Prayer or Gayatri Mantra in Sanskrit.
This mantra is from the ancient Indian texts called the Vedas. Vedic chanting has been recognized by the United Nations as the oldest unbroken oral tradition for over 5,000 years. In this meditation you will be guided to learn how to pronounce and recite the Universal Prayer or Gayatri Mantra Chant in the traditional way.
Each and every one possesses the innate wisdom and inner technology – to heal and transform. These are stressful times and yet, when we pause we can find all we need to be self sufficient right here, within us. We sometimes fail to recognize just how whole and complete we are, just as we are.
I spoke with my friend and Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner, Bev Nerenberg and experienced a session in tapping with her today. The technique is simple, it's effects are profound. I will be tapping everyday for the next 21 days and journaling the impacts of it for myself.
Here is a short meditation on tapping in, awakening and activating the innate wisdom and inner technology of our body. By physically tapping on the meridians, the channels of energy that move Chi, Ki, Prana or Universal Life Force Energy through our physical body, we encourage the restoration and renewal of our nerves, organs, glands, mental thoughts and emotional patterns.
Bev has shared...
Get ready to deepen your breath, heighten your awareness and take a visualization journey. Activate your third eye chakra to connect with collective consciousness and assimilate the physical and cosmic planes of your being. If in the last meditation you entered the eye of the storm, now you can BE the eye itself and deepen your stillness and calm.
Prepare to access the portal of health and wellness for yourself and for all of our brothers and sisters on this planet – especially those who are sick and need it the most. We are grateful for all the caregivers, emergency care workers, doctors, nurses and physicians assistants. Each and every one in service of raising consciousness on the planet right now, we bow to you.
These are precarious and tender times, and a time to pause. I hope that you will take a few moments to listen to the Liquid Gold Meditation and share with your friends and family. I hope that you find it useful.
In service of your health and happiness,
We are in the midst of a torrent of current events. Some of us find ourselves isolated and alone. Some of us are at home with our family and need to shelter in place. Wherever you are – whichever part of the world – there has never been a time like this before.
This is a time to remember that we are all connected. The veil has been lifted and we confront the nature of our collective consciousness. Just as millions and millions of tiny droplets make the ocean, so does each of our individual consciousness comprise the collective consciousness. This convergence now is visible and it is not what we expected.
Even so, this is an invitation for us to go within. Can we see this as an opportunity to get still and enter the eye of the storm? The eye of the storm is the quietest and calmest place, while still being part of it. The distinction is that it stays still – it watches – it remains the witness, without taking on the role of the rest of it.
Stillness is also...
Your inner divine self innately knows the gifts and talents that you possess but you have not connected with that part of yourself in a while or just need to get reconnected. In this meditation, you will, through your breath, intention, and inner power, clear the blocks that obstruct your access to your diamond within. Richa will guide you back to the diamond within that is your true, most aware, and truthful self.
I've just returned from a Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in India and have been thinking about something my yoga teacher said to me. He said, "If life is an ocean, then yoga is your boat. Just as there are waves of happiness, sorrow, joy and strife in the ocean of your life, if you have access to a boat, then that boat can help you get past the waves and through the ocean. Your yoga practice is that boat for your life.”
Do you have a practice that helps serve as a "boat" in your life? You may have one, or more than one such boat. You may have someone in your life, or many people, that are there for you when you need the extra support to get above the waves that are too much to face on your own. On the other hand, you may feel alone, like you have no one to turn to or like you are missing the tools to feel empowered when life throws you a curve ball.
There have been times in my life when I have felt empowered, knowing what tool to access, who to reach out to, how to take great care...
The Pink Bubble Meditation is a soothing meditation for deep relaxation. During this meditation, you are guided to breathe consciously and see your body relax using rays of light. You will set intentions for healing, harmony, and balance and create a Pink Bubble of protection drawing from your breath, the light, your intentions and visualization.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always got.”
This quote has been ascribed to Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and even Tony Robbins. Regardless of who said this first, to me, it’s meaning is profound: if nothing changes, nothing changes. So, my invitation to you today is to stand up and rock the boat!
I want my life to be different, but am I making different choices?
I want my relationships to improve, but am I looking at them with the same old perspective?
I want more success, abundance, peace of mind, or whatever it is that I want, but am I choosing in a way that allows for freedom from my past, or am I simply regurgitating the same old stories?
The English alphabet consists of 26 letters. We form our words and compose our sentences based on the knowledge of these 26 letters. No more, no less. Our knowledge informs our vocabulary, language, reason, speech, communication, all of it. Would you agree? It begins with...
Occasionally I am asked if I teach a specific technique. That is a valid question but my answer isn’t simple, or short. Over the years I have studied both Eastern and Western philosophies
from teachers all over the world. While I spent the initial part of my life in India and was influenced by teachers there, my appetite for learning all I possibly could on the subject of healing, metaphysics, energy, and personal development expanded well beyond the country of India. Some of my teachers and influences other than Prema include Louise Hay, Osho, J. Krishnamurti, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Paula Horan, and Marion Rosen.
In addition, throughout my childhood, I attended different schools that taught various disciplines—among them philosophical, Catholic, and Hindu—that broadened my spiritual perspective. I was always drawn to non-fiction books more than fiction, and our home library was stocked with volumes such as Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Zen and the Art of...