Practice Yoga Nidra Sleep Yoga in Jupiter, Florida
Entering the deepest state of yoga nidra (also known as sleep yoga) invites the realization of one’s essential nature as the very source of peace, limitless and free.
Just 45 minutes of sleep yoga = 3 hours of sleep
The profound state of relaxation that happens in Fun™ Nidra, while remaining awake is going to make you feel vibrantly healthy, calm, and radiantly beautiful.
Refresh yourself with rest and mental imagery. Learn how to balance your Chakra Energy – in only 1 hour! All you have to do is show up, lie down, and listen while Dr. Kathy talks you through the transformative steps for obtaining total relaxation and healing for the whole body. Each class will focus on a specific Chakra or theme. It’s all part of her FUN™ Therapy program designed to relieve stress, addictive cravings, and calm the reactive mind. No movement required! Here shift happens!
How to practice Fun™ Nidra
There is hope even when your brain tells you there isn’t. – John G.
Fun™ Nidra was designed as a guided relaxation, done usually in a reclined position for the yoga student who finds it difficult to sit still, focus, refrain from negative thinking, abuse drugs or alcohol, make a decision, struggle with anxiety, control anger, help with habitual thought patterns (OCD), trouble sleeping, or just feeling stressed out.
Can anyone relate? To recline is divine power lying down and relaxing… take a breath…
All you have to do is show up, lie down and let the brain let you know what is ready to be addressed or released.
Questions about Fun™ Nidra
Fun™ and therapy… how does that work?
The yoga nidra experience can be enhanced by creating an intention or focus for the practice, including muscle tension and relaxation, breathing exercises, and systematic instructions that guide you imaginally around the body into gradually deeper brain wave states.
Mental imagery may be used to identify, release, and transform beliefs, feelings and emotions, during the practice, and landing in the experience of silence. Then you, the practitioner, are gradually brought back to normal wakefulness…all in 40-45 minutes, no movement required.
According to clinical research, just 10 minutes of daily yoga or some type of mindful practice increases stress resilience, reduces anxiety, and teaches us and our clients how to refrain from engaging in the fight/flight/freeze response when triggered.
How do I prepare for a Fun™ nidra class?
To help you prepare, please make sure bracelets, watches, anything that can block your energy is removed. Also please put all cell phones in the off position, or silence them (if you are using them for Zoom), and make sure they are not or near you as the buzzing can distract you.
If you think you may need any props such as a yoga mat (you can also sit in a chair) an eye cover, blanket, or pillow to place behind the knees when you lay down please take care of this now, and lay the props next to you as I will be giving more instructions and some background before we begin.
Do you offer Fun™ nidra classes via zoom?
Yes. Most nidra classes can be attended via zoom or in person.
If you are on zoom please make sure your space is secure, shut the door and make sure you will not be interrupted (by kids, family, pets, and other beings) for about 40 minutes. Additionally, please have a piece of paper and pen nearby so you can write down at the end of the class anything you wish to remember. This is for your use only.
So what is yoga nidra and where did it come from?
Yoga nidra came from ancient Eastern teachings of Yoga in India and was first noted in the yoga text called the Upanishads, which is about self-realization, and is estimated to have been written about 700 BCE which is almost 1000 years before the birth of Jesus! Yoga nidra was first born as a meditation practice around 400-600 CE making over 1000 years old.
Freud, an Austrian neurologist, psychoanalyst considered “the father of psychiatry” was an unconscious recliner. It is estimated around 1890, a grateful “cured” female patient supposedly gifted Freud a Victorian day-bed, and then couch was introduced to the psychotherapy session. Freud brought the famed couch with him when he came to the United States in 1909.
In 1891 Annie Payson wrote the book The Power Through Repose and described the state of nidra as a state of pure awareness, as she was concerned with the fast pace of modern life.
Other leaders most notably Swami Sivananda and his various disciples such as Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School in Bihar India in the 1950’s and in 1974 wrote the first text called the Blue Yoga Nidra. In 1970 Swami Rama came to the USA and formed The Himalyan Institute in Pennsylvania (Pandit Rajamani, Ph.D, is now the spiritual head of this center from India). Swami Kripalu moved to the United States inspiring many people to take up yoga in 1977.
His disciple Amrit Desai, left the guru free ashram to create Amrit Yoga in Florida. Others more recently who have made it more known here in the West include Richard Miller, Ph.D. who also in 1970 created I-Rest which integrated the psychology from the treatment for PTSD. In 1975 Dr. Herbert Benson created and wrote the book The Relaxation Response at Harvard after studying the meditation practices of Tibetan monks in the Himalayas.
In 1977 Rod Stryker wrote the book The Four Desires and took up residency at HI and created his version of Nidra practices. Jon Kabat-Zin launched the famed Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), in 1979 Massachusetts at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where his work has been studied for three decades.
The mindful reclining ladies of yoga nidra, include Anne Payson (1853-1940) who advocated the power of the recline given the pace of modern life, Shakti Gawain, who in 1978 published her landmark book Creative Visualization. In 2004 Amy Weintraub published the book Yoga for Depression, and also founded and created The LifeForce Yoga training institute, and CD’s for mental health professionals to bring nidra and other yoga techniques into the therapy session. I graduated from her center as a Life Force Yoga Practitioner.
Other leading women of Nidra include Julie Lusk, from the Kripalu Yoga Center, author of several books and CD’s guiding Yoga Nidra since 2000. In 2008 Indu Arora, from India established the Yoga Sadhana Community in the USA and teachings in Yoga Nidra. Jennifer Reis, from the Kripalu Center it the creator of Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra in 2009, in 2010 Uma Dinsmar Tuli, in the United Kingdom and Ireland created the International Yoga Nidra Network, and Indu Arora from India.
Dr. Kamini Desai published her book I Am Yoga Nidra in 2018 and is based on the teachings of her father Amrit Desai, who founded the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts in 1983, and now Amrit Center here in Florida.