This pod is a conversation with sister Swami, Karma Karuna Saraswati. We chat about Yoga and in particular the meditation practice of Yoga Nidra. Karma Karuna is director of Anahata Yoga Retreat in New Zealand where Yoga Nidra teacher training… Read More »Yoga Nidra & Yogic Life with Swami Karma Karuna
Who Am I
Who Am I is a powerful question at the heart of the non-dual or Advaita teachings. Am I this body? Mind? Belief System? Let’s inquire here together and attempt to undo some of our confusion.
As babies we are naturally expansive beings, innocent and open to the great mystery of life with wonder and trust. If you have ever looked into the eyes of a young child, you will get this. Sadly, as we grow we slowly lose this easy connection with the great mystery. Sweet innocence and awe fades away as we develop as a separate identity called Me… Being-ness transforms slowly into me against the world… So what happens?
Self Care and Mindfulness
Could you do with a little more self-care? How about some simple daily mindful balancing rituals? As a teacher, writer, musician, wife and mother I fit a lot into my day. I’m sure you do too. The thing is… I love everything I do. So I have developed ways to nourish my body and nervous system so I’ve plenty of energy for the things I love. I achieve this by taking time for my daily mindful-balance rituals.
They’re pretty simple but make all the difference. Let’s face it life can throw up some big challenges, and the more relaxed we are the better we respond. A daily dose of healthy Selfing, (taking care of our energy levels) is not selfish but vital for our health and happiness.
I’m sure you’ve heard that saying: ‘If Mumma ain’t happy nobody’s happy”. So I am going to share my daily mindful-balance rituals with you.
Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha The yoga sutras begin with Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha. This is the best and most original definition of the Essence of Yoga and a foundation of Mindfulness. Translated as “Yoga is the cessation of the disturbances or… Read More »Mindfulness, Yoga and Mental Freedom
A Journey of the Heart I would like to share a recent sacred journey into Australia’s heartland Uluru. Toward the end of writing my book, Shining Through – From Grief to Gratitude I heard about a fundraiser for SPA, Suicide Prevention Australia.… Read More »Uluru Dreaming – Australia’s Heart Chakra
On this International Womens Day I found myself reflecting and marvelling on a woman’s journey and how incredible we are. The rites of passage women will pass through are many: from puberty with her first blood, through her energetic youth,… Read More »A Woman’s Journey – Rites of Passage
The Brain and Neuroplasticity? Our amazing brains through the process of neuroplasticity can form new neural connections or pathways. We can literally rewire our brains… It sounds amazing, but by understanding neuroplasticity and coupling this understanding with mindfulness can be… Read More »Neuroplasticity & Mindfulness Growing Happiness Neurons
How can Mindfulness help us in every day Life? Perhaps we don’t have time to sit for classical meditation, feel too anxious or restless, don’t know how or aren’t comfortable sitting still with closed eyes. These could all be indications… Read More »Mindfulness and Meditation in Daily life
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Yoga Nidra is a classical meditation or relaxation practiced lying supine comfortably in shavasana. Deeply relaxing and rejuvenating for body, mind and spirit, yoga nidra is the perfect antidote for life’s everyday stresses. In fact it is a modern day panacea which can be incorporated with any healing modality to enhance rejuvenation. Being deeply calming it is perfect for many forms of anxiety, trauma or periods of rehabilitation after illness. It can be practiced in hospital, while traveling for jet-lag and in bed for insomnia. As a widowed mum with busy growing boys Yoga Nidra was a life saver for me in the 90’s.
Keep Calm and Practice Yoga Nidra
The calming and relaxing benefits of yoga nidra helped maintain my energy levels so I could keep up with my 4 active boys. And, still have the energy to run a naturopathic practice and yoga studio. I noticed when I did my yoga nidra practice daily I didn’t experience that sense of grumpy exhaustion around dinner time. This is sometimes called the witching hour by tired parents. Weary from a full day already, this was when I really felt the difference yoga nidra offered to my day. Read below how Yoga Nidra can help overcome anxiety and benefit your brain health.
A Scientifically Validated Practice
Yoga Nidra, in its modern form is now known and used all over the world by yoga teachers and health professionals alike. It is a simple yet scientifically validated practice. It has been used for war veterans, for vibrant health and rejuvenation.
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be very difficult to live with. It can be triggered unexpectedly and cause great distress. Yoga Nidra offers relief from this state of high alert. For some war veterans, it has proven to relax their mental state and been an effective way of managing the traumas of war. It can also assist with factors that lead to depression.”