What to expect at your first Recovery Nidra class
If you are attending your first class, come a little early, If possible.
First and most important is that you are comfortable. You will be lying down for 45 minutes, if it will help, bring a soft flat pillow for your head, a blanket, and an eye pillow. Yoga mats, pillows, and blankets are provided but sometimes you feel more comfortable with your own.
Using an eye pillow will accelerate the process, if you don’t have one, you can use a scarf or any item that will do the job. (It is not necessary to close the eyes.) Feel free to do it your own way, this is your practice and your time; these are simply guidelines for best practice.
Just as we leave our shoes outside the yoga room, So I invite you to leave your personal history outside with them. Along with any expectations, anticipations, and your story… who you should be, could be, will be, have been… they will all still be there for you when you leave, (if you still want them!)
Stillness is encouraged, however, if you need to scratch, cough, blink, roll over, sit up, or even leave. Do it. Honor your body and what it needs. You will be surprised how quickly you can drop back into your practice; the power of the group is compelling.
Recovery Nidra is a spiritual practice, expect to hear the words love, god, higher power, peace, surrender, stillness, shift, awareness, and consciousness.
Expect to experience the power and presence of your own true nature beyond your self-image, beyond your personality, and your mental concepts.
Expect to see yourself ageless, detached from your body, free from all desires, addictions and habits.
Expect to see yourself free of the things you are usually identified with and the thoughts that usually drive you. It may take a few sessions, but you WILL get there.
Recovery Nidra is NOT religious, it is not affiliated with any group, or enterprise, does not endorse or oppose any causes. Has no opinions… It is an ancient transformational meditation technique.
Yoga Nidra uses Intention. An aspect of the practice, which makes this method of meditation unique. Expect to hear an intention for the class
Expect to learn new ways to breathe. Breath is life, connecting to your breath is connecting to your precious and powerful life force.
Allow some time to readjust after the practice before you get into your car. You will be connected to a different rhythm, the ALPHA RHYTHM. When you arrive, your brain will be operating normally at the Bata frequency. This brain frequency is present every time you begin your practice
Beta Waves (brain frequency) are a neural oscillation with a frequency range of between 12.5 and 30 Hz (12.5 to 30 cycles per second).
Alpha Waves are brain waves with the frequency range of 8 Hz – 15 Hz (or 8 to 15 cycles per second) Much slower, relaxed, conducive to surrender or letting go. This is the brain frequency that you will experience soon after beginning your Recovery Nidra practice.
During your practice, brain wave activity will drop down to Theta Waves, between 4Hz – 7Hz range. This phase will be experienced around halfway into your Recovery Nidra practice.
A Delta Wave is a high amplitude brain wave with a frequency of oscillation between 0.5–4 Hertz. This is a frequency RARELY experienced with awareness. For some, it will be the first time experiencing delta consciously; it will feel BLISSFUL and AMAZING.
“People who practice a type of deep meditation called Yoga Nidra (unified sleep) can remain conscious while in delta-sleep.
There are many health benefits from the practice of Yoga Nidra, as well as emotional, mental balance, and spiritual connection.
- Increased happiness
- Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improved sleep
- Increased energy
More resilience to deal with day-to-day life”