Sleeping with the Yogis

Yoga Nidra is the gift we all seek, It's there, a path for you to take!
This poem was inspired – quite spontaneously – after one of our final nidra practices, the theme of which is “Sleeping with the Yogis”, at the 9-day ParaYoga Nidra certification I just attended. This practice is much deeper than a relaxation or healing practice: it takes practitioners to the 3rd and 4th stages of yoga nidra, as shared by Swami Rama. It is a practice of transformation, not just relaxation and healing.

Life offers us bountiful gifts,
Yet they are hard to see sometimes.

Life veils our true Seeing,
Trapping us in attachments and aversions.

Our patterns of Being, ways of Seeing
Blind us to the majesty that is our birthright.

For those brave enough to tread,
A path to clarity exists.

The yogis found it long ago,
And this wisdom is available to you.

Through deep rest the veils pull back,
Through stillness, light shines through the cracks.

With spacious awareness we begin to transform.
In deep rest, the Fourth State is found.

Yoga Nidra is the gift we all seek,
It’s there, a path for you to take!

Tread with compassion, a light and open heart,
On this path, you and Truth are not far apart.

Thank you my beloved teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker for sharing this timeless wisdom.

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