In a world full of opinions about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it, the word ‘lazy’ is itself a lazy accusation. Simple name calling might be useful organizing a storeroom, but when it comes to the complexities of human experience, it’s just not.
When we find ourselves, “Unwilling to work or use energy” It’s tempting to call it “Lazy” and force ourselves onwards regardless. However taking time to understand your inner motivations might be a more efficient and sustainable long-term approach to rediscovering your natural passion for living.
Efficiency in movement is my new personal practice passion. But efficiency of mind is an even more important start. As ephemeral as it seems, the longer I practise the more I discover, it’s ALL in your mind Babies!
When I was young, I was not physically inclined. I was drawn to the Yogic Ideal of freedom from suffering, but I couldn’t see how that related to the strange shapes I saw practiced on the mat. I was a thinker, and I could think my way out of almost anything! Disinclined to effort I was not convinced was useful, I was super excited to discover yoga Nidra; A form of yogic meditation you can do lying on your back with your eyes closed.
Yoga Nidra is a 40 minute guided immersion in your innermost realms of consciousness, accessing the potent mind state between waking and sleeping. It is often referred to as yogic sleep and is said to be the equivalent rest for body and mind as 2-3 hours good sleep.
During the yoga Nidra process you are guided through your mind body connection sensing intricate details from your inner experience. I discovered that I couldn’t even feel my toes unless I wriggled them, That’s how dis-connected my mind was from my body. If you want to live well in this world having a good “working relationship” with your body is going to be of great significance. The first step in any relationship is paying attention. (Attention is pretty much what all practise is about).
I’m pleased to report I can now feel my toes anytime anywhere, but more importantly I’ve found a feeling of being at home in my body. Being able to anchor awareness in the physical body provides and anchor to centre, to hold steady amidst the constant whirling of the mind. Yoga Nidra is an ancient, tried and tested technique that anyone can do, which works on multiple levels to restore balance to body and mind, and harmony to heart and soul.
A physical yoga practise is a beautiful thing, but it’s not the only way, nor always the fastest way forward. Learning to stand on your head isn’t that useful if you don’t know how to stand securely on your two feet. Learning how to hold your breath isn’t practical if you don’t know how to breath in a way that nourishes your systems sustainably. Becoming aware of the power and the nature of your own mind is an essential foundation for any successful yoga practice. And this is where Yoga Nidra starts right at the root of it all.
Yoga Nidra has been a great support to me over the years it has unravelled many knots of mind, unblocked inner energies and anchors me ever deeper in the heart of life inside. As much as I Love my physical practise these days, working with the subtle inner energies is always deep, profound and transformational. This is why it is one of my favourite things to share as a teacher, when I get to the toes and I see people wriggling them as they try to make the connection I smile!
When you feel stuck, when you feel like theres nothing you can do, Yoga Nidra is a great place to start. Minimal effort and maximum results. If you’re continually getting caught in the traps of your own bad thinking patterns, yoga nidra can help you find a way out.
If your feeling lazy, theres probably a good reason. Lay Back, take a rest, and dive into your inner depths.