The Practice of Mindful Rest Yoga Nidra has had a profound effect on my life.
I had spent most of my life suffering from anxiety and self-judgement.
However, I had developed a very clear and strong sense of self-awareness.
In my mind, I had a deep understanding of the reasons and causes of my anxiety. I also had the clarity that the beliefs and feelings, which were attached to the anxiety, were not true and certainly not serving me.They were in fact, very much, in the way of me from LIVING my life.
There was a disconnect between what my mind believed and what my heart knew. This created a painful cycle of suffering. With all the awareness and understanding I had, I was still at a loss as to how to let go of the over thinking, and overreactions which ruled my day to day life.
I found myself in a familiar place, a place I had been many times. I was frustrated, the understanding and awareness I had was not creating the peace within myself that I desired.
Then a friend shared with me a meditation course she thought I’d be interested in. The course was being offered by Mindful Restoration, Yoga Teacher Trainers Sonya and Jeff Thomlinson c(former founders of Tandava Yoga and Trinity Yoga Centers).
Throughout my life there had been many times I had been encouraged to practice meditation, the idea and concept actual brought up a great deal of irritation and resistance in me. How in the world could one just sit…in silence…not thinking??? However, for some reason this time was different, without really questioning or inquiring anything about it, I registered for the course, it just felt right.
Three months later, when I arrived at the 4 day long intensive. I was uncomfortably taken aback by the news that I had registered for a “Teacher Training”, (how I missed that I will never know) but I'm sure glad I did, because my mind promptly dropped a good dose of panic and resistance into my awareness. I immediately declared to myself that I was not a teacher, I had absolutely NO interest in being a facilitator and I was simply there for my own personal benefit. There it was...the fear! Thanks to my awareness, I realized I had to make a choice. So, I chose to be open, to just be present and receive. Amazingly as the weekend began to unfold, I found myselfdeeply relaxed and absorbed in this beautiful experience of peace. Ahhhh here it was...peace! By the end of the weekend I knew that this practice was the greatest gift I’d given myself and allowed myself to receive. It was a key, a tool I had discovered, to bring acceptance, release of tension and authentic relaxation into my life...peace!
And now I have the honour of sharing it with you, are you open to receive?