Yoga Nidra

yoga nidra

Cover: Hidden in the black and gold design (from lead to gold) are three A’s. They stand for Awake, Aware, Adept

It is my belief that we are all searching for “real magic.” We want to be alchemists, healers, visionaries. We want to feel that we are making a difference. . . in our lives and in the world. Why haven’t we met a Don Juan to take us under his wing, tap us between our shoulder blades, and shift our awareness?

Many of us have tried chemicals, various relaxation methods, vision quests, and technological advances of one sort or another, whether it is a magic mushroom or “a specialized CD, designed to synchronize our brain waves, to make us more than we have been before.” And yes, all of these things work, at least to some extent.

But if they work, why aren’t we all avatars? why aren’t we practicing our “magic” to bring balance to a world that, it would seem, is out of balance?”

If I could, I would simply take a pill and become an Adept. Unfortunately, or probably fortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way.

Because of the responsibility such “Beingness” would involve: the need to understand ego, emotions, thoughts, our monkey- mind, I think we have to do a lot of soul searching, self-discovery, and practice.

The book, “Yoga Nidra” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Relax into Greatness by Rod Stryker, and The Meditative Heart of Yoga by Richard Miller, Ph.D. form the basis of my practice, and the foundation for this CD. Together, they have helped me understand and clarify techniques I have been teaching for over twenty years. I had just not (consciously) included all of them in the same practice. This ancient practice makes sense to me.

“The origin of Yoga Nidra can be traced back to ancient Eastern teachings of Yoga and ‘Tantra’ (Sanskrit: tan-extending everywhere), which are a vast array of techniques designed to extend our understanding in order to overcome our mind’s penchant to divide unitive True Nature into separate objective parts. Tantra and Yoga are not concerned with philosophical intellectualism or second-hand information. These teachings are concerned with firsthand knowing of who we actually are, where we stand free of psychological, cultural, and philosophical conditioning in the truth of what actually ‘is.'” (Excerpt from Yoga Nidra-the Meditative Heart of Yoga by Richard Miller.)

Yoga Nidra is more than a method of relaxing as an approach to health and de-stressing. It is a practice of discovery that helps us go beyond our limiting beliefs and conditioning. With Yoga Nidra we have the potential to unravel the sacred mystery of life and reveal the secret (and magic) of our essence. This CD leads you through two practices of an ancient and life-changing approach to deep relaxation. . .the sleep of yogis, or Yoga Nidra.

It is said that Yoga Nidra acts on a subconscious level we are not aware of, and one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to over four hours of sleep.

Track 1: Short Practice (34:38): breath-heartfelt prayer- sensation-images-master-observer


Track 2: Long Practice (43:52): breath-affirmation (resolve)- sensation-emotions-past-images-tropical forest-golden egg.


listen to an excerpt at CD Baby

You can purchase Yoga Nidra from “CD Baby” or download it from iTunes.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill Shatner November 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Hello Winter,
You are listed in the Munroe Institute as a trainer in Canada. Do you do any training or retreats here? I have never been to the institute but would be interested in learning and get some guidance on the best route to take to develop intuition, increasing energy and meditation.
Thank you


Winter November 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Hello, Bill. It’s been a long time since I lived in Canada. Currently, I live in Maine (or as we sometimes say, “Almost Canada!”) I work with students over the phone, if that is of interest to you. We can talk about it. Send me an email: You will have to sift through a spam filter!

I look forward to hearing from you.


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