Introduction: Pre-present Conditions (i.E., Prejudices)

Is it viable to write a positive review of a book (“Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief”) whose author traces the idea to write the ebook to an astrological reading? What if, further to that, the e-book is ready a subject that I actually have attempted several instances, unsuccessfully, to revel in? Yes, over the route of as a minimum half a century, my dabbles with yoga has been uncomfortable, tough to not possible and rancid-placing. Of course, the operant phrase right here is “dabbles”-I admit that each one such feeble tries lacked conviction and perseverance.

A barrier between yoga and me is that it frequently seems steeped in mysticism, spirituality and/or New Age babble.

As if this had been not sufficient, starting to study what Julie had written, I poured over 14 pages of blurbs for the e book and the writer’s acknowledgements phase. These sizable prefatory pages did now not mitigate my preexisting reservations. Imagine-25 testimonial blurbs replete with suspect terms and phrases, along with “historic teachings, Eastern traditions, non secular reflections, vinyasa practices, sankalpas, koshas, mudras and union with oneself.” Yike. What changed into I in for?

In any occasion, some thing occurred that brought about a brand new perspective on yoga. It started out with a danger come across, one that, but not likely, concerned yet any other experience of taking a yoga elegance.

A Chance Encounter

Less than every week before I started out reading Julie Lusk’s phrases approximately yoga nidra (now not just the blurbs and acknowledgements sections), I signed up for a yoga elegance. Not simply any yoga magnificence, however one geared to the (very) younger. This befell when I become invited to accompany my spouse’s grandson to a class throughout the road at our neighborhood artwork institute.

What could pass wrong? Maybe I’d get insights about yoga to help with the assessment of Julie’s book.

Upon arrival, I regarded round at my fellow classmates. I sensed I become in the right vicinity. I even have a aggressive nature and couldn’t help however notice that I had as a minimum 70 years on anyone in the room, besides for the mother and father. (With them my gain was simplest approximately 50 years). I figured I ought to use this experience and a bit of cunning to stand out, to overwhelm the little tykes with athletic moves. If jogging approximately in circles had been involved, I’d exhaust the children with patience and velocity.

Oh, I understand yoga isn’t always supposed to be aggressive, nor ought to the gifted flaunt their prowess, however being a one-time class movie star might be harmless a laugh, I suspected. Who is aware of, maybe I’ll be invited to educate the following elegance.

Well, matters did no longer flip out that way. In reality, the opposite proved true. The five to seven-yr-olds resultseasily completed poses I suspect have been copied from Cirque du Soleil. When, 20 or so minutes into the contortions, the trainer instructed everyone to jump up and run across the room, I struggled to my ft. I had barely started to lurch ahead while a hoard of tots got here charging by means of on their 2d loop around the room.

When the bell rang giving near-sacred relief, I became exhausted and sore. I knew for positive, after one remaining failed strive, that yoga became not for me. How may want to I deliver a glowing evaluate, as was my preference, to Julie’s e book?

Encouragement from the Author

I sent an email to Julie, mentioning that so as to get in the right body of thoughts to review the ebook, I had accompanied my wife and grandson to a kid’s yoga magnificence. I cited that it become an awful lot harden than any triathlon I did ultimate 12 months. I enclosed  pics taken for the duration of class.

Julie answered in brief order:

These photographs made my day!!! Yoga is all approximately joyfulness-and also you and your own family located it, judging from the appears on every person’s faces, in particular the little tyke. His grin offers me a grin every time. As for you, I’m happy you take a dip. But the instructor in me can’t face up to, specially with regards to safety. See how your knees are… Well up round your ears in sitting? To shield your knees and preserve the right curve in your again, they want to be beneath the hip crest or touching the floor. They’re probably up there due to tight hamstrings from all of the different top stuff you do. The solution is sincerely to sit down on cushions to lower your knees. Gotta cope with the ones knees! Doing hip openers will help too, but that is an extended-run answer. But yet again, “real” yoga is in the end about unconditional joy. BTW, the simplest posture needed for what is in my e-book is lying in your lower back.

I expect it may help your strolling and other pastimes.

Another element I’d like to say is that I sent you the yoga nidra ebook as a get-properly present that will help you get over the stroke and give you a scrumptious yoga experience while not having to exercise mere postures, as is what is generally emphasised these days. If you turn to the final web page, you could sign up the book and have get admission to to unfastened downloads to the 3 number one yoga nidra practices featured.

So keep on, top fellow! Love – your yoga teach.

P.S. By the manner, a triathlon could be way harder than any yoga I did ultimate year-or ever!

I found this recommendation encouraging, motivating and just delightful. Most of all, I picked up in this remark in Julie’s reaction: “The simplest posture wished for what is in my ebook is mendacity to your returned.”

Now that placed a whole new angle on yoga in general and yoga nidra especially. Maybe I failed to need to meet the Cirque du Soleil trendy to be triumphant at playing yoga. Now I was prepared to examine Julie’s book in earnest.

Learning to Understand and Enjoy Yoga

When I subsequent settled down to read Yoga Nidra, eventually past the blurbs and such, I encountered Julie’s starting sentence-a revelation I will long don’t forget: “Did you understand that yoga may be practiced without acting physical exercise?” A yoga washout, I changed into also cheered, as referred to a second in the past, by the following sentence-“that meditation can be finished lying down instead of sitting up nonetheless and immediately like a statue.”

I did not understand that such factors of view have been held via yoga experts. Both sentences have been revelations, almost Dickensonian in memorability, inclusive of, “It become the pleasant of times, it changed into the worst of times… ” From Julie’s  sentence starting persevering with for the duration of the 205 pages that accompanied, “Yoga Nidra” managed some thing I would not have anticipated of a yoga ebook-it held my interest.

Among the strengths of Yoga Nidra is the comprehensive records on the nature and dynamics of the phenomenon of strain. The treatment of pressure incorporates creative strategies for handling it, even turning negative (in addition to tremendous) energies to gain thru relaxation, guided imagery, meditation and disciplined thinking.

On events, I’ve questioned if yoga is frequently an artwork, a science, a ability, a area, a department of understanding or what? While that answer did not come right away, a associated and welcome one did, namely, that yoga is not a religion. That I never doubted, regardless of jejune tries by some non secular zealots to defame it as such. Still, I welcomed the reality that Julie gave this looney perception brief shift. While Julie assures those so willing that humans of all religion traditions can gain from yoga, she introduced that “it supports their spiritual convictions in proper ways.” Well, it’s quality, I assume, however equally crucial is that it does now not hotel to or depend on faith (i.E., “believing what you already know ain’t so” consistent with Mark Twain) however alternatively that yoga is supported by way of enough research that underscores its healthy houses.

As with the 25 blurbs spread over eleven pages before the reader reached the start of the 205 web page e-book via Julie Lusk, I assume there are too many personal testimonies via yoga fanatics (no longer identified store for first names). These testimonials inhabit excessive space and sluggish the tempo of mastering. How many readers want continuous cheerleading from those who discovered yoga helpful? On the opposite hand, I suppose it is feasible many other readers will welcome this selection. I observed it akin to marketing-at instances I could have appreciated to have the literary equivalent of a far off device to mute or fast ahead past the effusive commentaries.

Other superb functions of Yoga Nida had been 1) the rule of thumb sections for making positive changes, 2) the massive tips for organising a normal pattern of training yoga and growing a domestic culture that supports exciting and healthy lifestyles and 3) the chapter on revitalization. Finally, readers will truly appreciate the considerable references and assets segment specifically the audio documents that Julie made available as unfastened downloads to supplement texercises supplied inside the book.