Yoga Nidra (Part 2) | Rules for Visualization

The object to be visualized should be spoken by the instructor. The sequence and nature of visualization can be one of two types:

  1. Visualization of objects one after the other in rapid succession. Sufficient time should be allowed during the sequence for actual visualization by the practitioner.
  2. Visualization in the form of a story. The story and associated verbal description should be given by the instructor.

Each of these methods can be utilized in yoga nidra. There is a vast, in fact, an endless number of variations. An example of object visualization will be given in the following yoga nidra technique 2 and an example of story visualization will be described in technique 3.

The teacher should select all symbols carefully, even seemingly harmless ones. With some people, one should scrupulously avoid descriptions of gruesome objects such as spiders, snakes, deep water and so on. These symbols also have their place in yoga nidra, but they should only be used when the practitioner is ready. Discretion in the choice of symbols for the given situation only comes with the gradual awakening of the faculty of intuition.

Most people find visualization the most difficult part of yoga nidra practice. This is because of fluctuation in the mind and because we do not develop our dormant capacity to visualize. Don’t worry if your visualizations are unclear or, perhaps, non-existent. Only try. With practice, visualization becomes easy and spontaneous. If you practise yoga nidra regularly this faculty will gradually unfold and this capacity to visualize will, in turn, help you to experience deeper states of relaxation, and perhaps even deeper perception and insight into the nature of things.

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