Today we are focusing on a term that we use in every class, during Yoga Nidra: rotation of consciousness.
The rotation of consciousness involves taking the practitioner’s awareness to different parts of the body. Wherever we focus our attention becomes the place where we also centre our energy. Bringing one’s awareness to each part of the body increases the energy in that part and allows the participant to identify and relax tensions there.
By using this practice we invite ourselves to experience total relaxation while being awake. Nidra, here, means literally sleep. Yoga Nidra, therefore means the yoga of sleep. It is about being aware while the body sleeps; the rotation of consciousness is one of the techniques that makes this possible. It brings heightened awareness to the whole body, piece by piece. It grounds us with connecting to the sensations present there.
If you, like me, end up falling asleep during Yoga Nidra, first of all know that it is natural and common. But, like me, you might regret having missed the visualization that follows, and really would like to stay awake. Try and repeat the teacher’s words as they reach you, while feeling or visualizing the body part – it worked for me!
Clelia is an Erasmus entrepreneur working as an intern. Her placement involved learning how to set up a small yoga business such as English Yoga Berlin. We offer Hatha Yoga classes with Pinelopi and Vinyasa yoga with Juli. Our yoga Kreuzberg Berlin classes are open for and welcoming to beginners. We also offer Berlin business yoga, pregnancy yoga, and private yoga classes for people struggling with chronic pain.