Q: Why don’t I like meditation? When I do meditation, I can not be calm and peaceful. I see my mind like a monkey, jumping around from one thing to another. All in my mind is just the stuff I want to get rid of. Is meditation supposed to let me calm down and relax? Why can’t I sit quietly? Why do I feel tired instead?
A: There are 2 points to consider:
Yoga means connect, link; Nidrā means sleep. Yoga Nidrā helps us to relax. It is used for relaxation, which helps to reduce stress and decrease levels of anxiety. Also, allows the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) to work, which helps to improve digestive function. Śavāsana (Corpse Pose) is the best āsana to experience Yoga Nidrā.
Yoga Nidrā also gives an opportunity to experience what might happen when we die. With the body like a corpse on the floor without any movement, the mind and intelligence are not working, and if we are being guided to a wonderful place, then we can experience peace and calm. So, it is very important for the one who guides the Yoga Nidrā to create a comfortable space.
Most of us experience peace and calm in Yoga Nidrā. This tells us death is not as terrible as we think. We could have a peaceful death like Yoga Nidrā as long as we allow the body to be still, and allow us to be guided.
After Yoga Nidrā, allow the Self to be guided to come back and wake up. Extend the whole body in Taḍāka mudrā (Tank Mudra) and turn to one side into Garbhāsana (Foetus Pose) before moving to seated position. Then we can be rejuvenated and enjoy life again.
Like a river merges with the ocean; the mind merges with the soul. There is no difference between the mind and soul. Or we can say the two become one. As peace and calm are experienced; no more worry, and no more stress. This is good! A lot of people believe that this is the end of Self-realization, but it is only the end of the journey of the river. A peaceful death is only the end of the journey of the physical living body. Another journey is awaiting; the ocean, which is the journey after death. If we use Yoga Nidrā to release stress and anxiety only, it is actually a relaxation. Relaxation can rescue us from the fear of death. But we are still suffering from the repetition of birth, disease, old age and death. Yoga Nidrā is a tool. Use the tool properly, and it will lead us to ultimate release and relaxation. The real purpose of Yoga Nidrā is to understand the Self; to find the way to revive the relationship between the body and soul. It is a type of deep meditation.
Yin Yoga is a style of Yoga that is used to connect and balance the external environment and the inner world of the Self - the place that cannot be seen from outside.
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When we see a manifestation we should know that there is always a cause behind it. So if my eyes have an issue, it could be an eye problem or a liver problem manifested in the eyes. We need to find out which is the cause and then take action. Otherwise, if the cause is actually at the liver but we keep working on the eyes only, then the symptoms will keep appearing. If we find out the real cause, then we can be healed faster.
For the outside direct symptoms, knowledge from modern science explains more precisely and in detail; for the symptoms that are caused from the inside, ancient wisdom provides more profound information. For the purpose of health and happiness we should make use of both. True and sacred knowledge is like the light that gives us the ability to see so the pain and suffering can be prevented.
Acupuncture training from The Training Centre of Guangzhou Medical College, China has given me a grounded comprehension of Tradition Chinese Medicine. Over 20 years of Yoga practice and learning from various experienced teachers has given me an extensive understanding of Yoga. May we walk on the journey for health and happiness together.
Ivy Xie-McIsaac, E-RYT200, YACEP