Monday, April 09, 2007

Injured? Have I Got the Exercise for You!

Welcome to my happy place.

It's called Yoga Nidra, "an ancient, profoundly healing and extremely powerful process that helps you coalesce and direct your life energy," says the Yoga Nidra CD a friend very thoughtfully lent to me. "To prepare for Yoga Nidra, lie down on your back, on a very soft, padded surface," sort of like a ... bed, maybe? Continuing:
Remember, that in the practice of Yoga Nidra, it's not about effort or trying.
And in case you didn't catch those instructions the first time around, you get another little reminder,
It's not even advisable to try to have a particularly deep practice. There's no effort, no concentration, no trying ... not even trying to stay awake. ...In this practice, you will be hovering at the threshold between sense consciousness and sleep consciousness. This is a very receptive state of being. It's normal, especially for new practitioners, not to remember all parts of the session [well that's reassuring!] Don't worry, your subconscious mind is still responding and benefiting from Yoga Nidra.
No trying? Check! No effort? Double check! No concentration? No problem!! I just plug in my Nano (until someone bans "listening devices" in bed) and I have rarely gotten five minutes into this CD before I am stone cold asleep, like a particularly noxious drunk. Only without the drinking part. You have no idea how monumental this is. I generally approach bedtime with dread, looking forward to an hour or two of tossing and turning, until I give up and get up, wander around, clean, and then wake up too early so I'm in a Really Bad Mood all day.



So, this is fantastic! It's like a drug. I actually believe all that stuff about hovering between this consciousness and that consciousness because since I started using this—right after my surgery—I have had the most fantastical, vivid dreams. It's like going to the movies for free. One dream had monkeys in it sitting outside my bedroom window; in another, I was in India walking over the backs of elephants (I'm sure that means something very profound); and in yet another, I was visiting a friend in Senegal. I like to travel.

This is my kind of yoga. Maybe, one day, after all this has passed, I will be ready again for this kind of yoga. But right now, laying in bed and having someone lull me to sleep as a form of exercise well ... yes I said yes I will Yes.

14 comments:

Firefly's Running said...

That's NEXT on my list for yoga to try after this week.

21stCenturyMom said...

I may be joining you (virtually) in this ancient practice because I just tried to go running and my hamstring is TOAST! It's all over for me. *sniff sniff* and I was supposed to race on a team on Sunday.

LBTEPA said...

It doesn't matter if you BELIEVE it, so long as it is giving you wonderful slumber and wondrous dreams

21stCenturyMom said...

ps - when I was in 11th grade a girl in my class decided to do Molly Bloom's soliloquy for the Honors English declamation contest. It was 1971. It was jaw dropping.

m said...

Sleep? What is that? Currently I'm being sucked into my mattress every night. Dreams? My last one was "haven't gone to class all year, it's test time" one. That's more along the nightmare path. I think I'd rather be chased by monsters. I need help.

Phoenix said...

Dang, sign me up for that class.

Jenny said...

Wow that sounds great! I love dreaming. I just hate the bit where you have a great dream and then wake up and feel like crap because you realise how rubbish your life is... or is that just me!!!

a.maria said...

"I was in India walking over the backs of elephants (I'm sure that means something very profound)"

best.

sentence.

ever.

Neese said...

my favorite yoga pose is when i lie flat on my back like that lol, are we centered or lazy?

Anne said...

This is perfect for those of us that can only do "corpse pose."

tim said...

There are these great new shorts available for the active iPod user. The shorts have a pocket to hold your iPod and a system to contain the earphone cord. No more annoying cord in your face and catching on everything! You're free to safely and conveniently live your active lifestyle while listening to your music. Other iPod clothing and accessories available as well.

Digital Audio Wear

Just12Finish said...

Yo Jeanne, why didn't I come up with this CD? Close your eyes and think about sleeping. Whoa! How much are they charging for this?

David said...

so you're sleeping over at the yoga joint now? give up the apartment.

WannaBe5Ker said...

This is awesome. Enjoy the dreams...I mean, the exercise!