Images – To use or not to use for Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, or Yoga Sleep in simpler terms, can be an effective tool to help one get into a more relaxed state of mind, and therefore helps to release stress and rejuvenate the mind and body.
Many scripts online suggested the use of mental images to help participants get into a deeper state of relaxation. Some examples include imagining a clear blue sky, a calm blue sea or a walk in the forest. The colour blue is often used because it is soothing for the mind. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought, while lighter shades are said to calm the mind and aid concentration.
There are, however, some concerns over the use of images during meditation, especially in a group class format where the instructor might not be familiar with all the class members. The sea might be calm to most, but holds horrific memories for someone who had a near drowning experience. The sky, while serene to most, can remind someone of a close friend who was killed during an air crash.
As such, some practitioners discourage the use of images in getting people into a more relaxed state. Instead, light is often suggested as the more neutral and effective element. I personally find this advice sound and the following script effective in getting myself into a deeper state of relaxation during Yoga Nidra:
“Imagine a source of light glowing right from your heart. The deeper you breathe, the brighter the light. Allow this light to carry with it new found energy to each and every part of the body. Let it shine, bringing comfort and peace to each and every cell and organ. Imagine the light forming a sphere round your body, within which your body rejuvenates and repairs itself.”
Try it! And let me know if it works for you.
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