Episode: 147

Understanding Yoga Nidra with Sandipani Manur

Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that holds immense potential for our well-being, yet it remains somewhat hidden in the shadows. Today, we’re fortunate to have Sandeep Manur, a seasoned yoga teacher, studio owner, and teacher trainer, back on the podcast to unravel the mysteries of Yoga Nidra.

Sandeep answers questions like what yoga nidra is and how it differs from Shavasana. We discuss the differences between the two, how yoga nidra affects the brain, and the incredible benefits of practicing it. We also cover topics such as how to set a Sankalpa, the various stages of yoga nidra, and how to determine if you are a beginner or an intermediate practitioner. Furthermore, we address questions such as when to switch levels and what happens if you fall asleep during the practice. We also explore the many layers of Nidra and unravel its mysteries.

Sandeep’s clarity and wisdom illuminate the path to a more profound understanding of Yoga Nidra. So, whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a curious beginner, join us as we explore this transformative practice.

Yoga Nidra Episode Highlights:

  • What is yoga nidra and how is it different from shavasana?
  • The origin of yoga nidra from the Bihar School of Yoga
  • What are the benefits of yoga nidra
  • Does yoga nidra have any connection with hypnosis?
  • The 8 stages of Yoga Nidra
    • Internalization
    • Sankalpa
    • Body awareness
    • Breath awareness
    • Opposites
    • Visualization
    • Sankalpa
    • Externalization
  • Can one have more than one Sankalpa in their yoga nidra practice?
  • Under what circumstances can one change or update the sankalpa?
  • Does sankalpa have a connection with dharma or purpose in life?
  • How to find a Sankalpa?
  • What is the significance of the three repetitions of Sankalpa?
  • How to navigate Yoga Nidra from the beginner stage to the intermediate and advanced?
  • Suggestions to help people stay awake
  • How long should a yoga nidra be for it to be effective?

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Sandipani Manur

Sandipani is the co-founder and the Director of Academics at Amrutha Bindu Yoga. He is a yoga teacher, martial artist and a life coach. Having taught over 50,000 hours of yoga, and trained and mentored over 1,000+ yoga teachers in 25 years of learning and teaching yoga, his simple yet profound teachings are a rich amalgamation of applicative yoga, eastern philosophy and mysticism.


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