Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra Terry Oldfield Soraya Saraswati New Earth Records

This guided meditation inspires the release of physical stress, anxiety and mental tension: an essential for achieving relaxation and transformation!

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Product Description

This is a Guided Meditation to accompany restorative yoga practice. Yoga Nidra inspires the release of physical stress, anxiety and mental tension: an essential companion for achieving core relaxation and subtle transformation!

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. In , you leave the Waking state, go through the Dreaming state, and into the Deep Sleep state, yet remain fully awake. While it is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma.

Track List

1. Yoga Nidra 11:11
2. Yoga Nidra 20:00
3. Yoga Nidra 30:00

Total Time: 61:11


  1. “Literally translating to “yogic sleep,” Yoga Nidra focuses on relaxation and guided imagery to create a sense of deep rest and peace. It’s a perfect path for acclaimed U.K. flautist Terry Oldfield and his wife, yoga instructor and holistic health practitioner Soraya Saraswati. The Australian-born Saraswati spent eight years in an ashram before leaving to continue to pursue spiritual health practice and instruction, eventually joining Oldfield in a merging of love, healing, and music, and their collaboration on Yoga Nidra is infused with their universal love. With Oldfield’s flute providing minimal but highly effective accompaniment to Saraswati’s gentle, powerful, and easy-to-follow yoga breathing and visualization instruction, it’s as if they embody some astral set of parents soothing the tired, stressed world below them into a lulling afternoon trance.
    Divided into three tracks of varying lengths, Saraswati knows how to not stress out her listeners with too much instruction, preferring to get us centered and then give us a series of comforting images that work like symbolic poetry to soothe the deeper regions of the soul, with Saraswati’s pleasant Aussie accent and intentionally slow, drowsy pronunciation ably lulling listeners into a contented alpha-wave flow. Oldfield’s flute comes in gently when Saraswati mentions, “If you are working with an affirmation, repeat it now silently three times.” Even if you didn’t think you were working with one, now might be a good time to bring one up. Whatever you manifest in that state is likely to occur.
    In the second and third tracks Oldfield stretches out in some emotional, neo-classical directions, while Saraswati notes, “You are the witness, observing any spontaneous patterns.” She gently helps us activate the screen of the mind (chidakasha) with a string of images: “Smiling Buddha…pink lotus on a still lake, temple bells ringing…burning candle…coconut palms, wind in the trees.” When you follow along, this series of details accrues to create a sense of peace you can feel in your core of cores. Even if 10, 20, or 30 minutes is all you have to bring, Yoga Nidra is there for you. Like a patient set of cosmic parents, Oldfield’s soothing music and Saraswati’s loving guidance will make sure to get you back to your inner home and help you emerge replenished, soothed, and ready for whatever surprises life may bring.”

  2. “Yoga Nidra is also known as “yoga sleep.” It is a practice where one descends into a highly focused, relaxed state; you are awake, but experience lucid dreaming. The recording, which features the gentle narration of Soraya Saraswati and the subtle, mellifluous flute music of Terry Oldfield, offers three different levels of Yoga Nidra practice—10, 20, and 30 minute sessions. Saraswati’s voice is soft and caressing, with clear diction and a comforting lilt. Oldfield’s backing music is light enough that it in no way interferes with the session, but provides a quiet Asian-inspired backdrop to help you remain calm. Regular practice can be beneficial for dealing with stress and tension, overcoming anxiety and learning to live feeling joyful and free.”

  3. “Slanted more toward practitioners of healing arts to use in practice, this finds Oldfield going PBS in a guided meditation set that can be listening matter for the real granola eaters but seems more like it’s tilted toward ‘industrial’ use. And for all you lapsed Jews out there, this has nothing to do with Kol Nidra so don’t go thinking you can multi-task your way into heaven just by playing this and meditating while you pray over the high holidays. Something here doesn’t make sense, but this record does for those seekers looking more a musical journey to help them go deep.”

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