It was several years ago now, but I still remember the day of Yoga Nidra training in my YTT program.
We just had another segment in the room next door, I think it was about alignment, but I am not sure. It was a nice transition to have to bring our stuff over, use the restroom etc. I was still under impression from the previous part, learning has always been very uplifting for my personality. I have never heard of yoga Nidra. I used to take yoga classes at a local gym and only Vinyasa flow was offered there. I was not familiar with Nidra, Restorative, Kundalini or Bikram at that point.
I now appreciate the ability to approach learning with a beginner’s mind. It is especially easy when you are indeed new to it. We had a brief talk about Yoga Nidra, that it’s called “sleeping yoga”. I remember thinking to myself, how many people in my life could really use a legitimate excuse to take a nap in the middle of a day.
I chose to set my legs up against the wall, the instructor offered to put sand bags on the hips. I believe, there were also blocks and Mexican blankets for head and arm support. I also used a sand filled eye pillow. I don’t remember using essential oils in this practice. We stayed in that position for quite a while, guided through meditation using Nidra points by a wonderful instructor who a beautiful soothing voice. I drifted in and out of the practice. I had some flashbacks from my childhood, some happy, some traumatic. The practice seemed intense to me but to an outsider it probably didn’t look like much was happening. I mean, were just laying there. The practice showed me that it’s ok to have memories, thoughts and emotions flow through you. Every time the instructor brought my attention to the next point on my body, I had to come back to the room, to my body, to the present moment. Only to watch the emotions to come back.
At some point, I realized that I wanted more sand bags. I wanted them on my arms, my shoulders, my chest, my legs. I was craving the comfort that they bring. I believe it is also easier to bring awareness to Nidra points when you have the extra weight on you. This was the moment when I wanted to have a bigger weighted cover.
I shared the insight with my fellow YTTs and they seemed to agree. It took me a couple of weeks to get fabric and figure out what to put inside. The design cam easily. My dad sewed padding for his sleeping bag to go on long fishing trips. I used the exact pattern for my creation.
Thank you, Nidra. Thank you, dad.