Nano Yoga and Yoga Nidra - Doug Hayward
Doug Hayward: Yoga instructor at Penn State University in State College. Yoga Instructor at Yoga in State College, a studio open for the purpose of introducing Yoga to the students of Penn State and the Central Pennsylvania Community ERYT 200, RYS 200 thrugh Yoga Alliance.
In Pada I of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali it is stated that: The Word of Ishvara, is AUM (or OM). This is the Pranava. Through the sounding of the Word and through reflection upon its meaning, the Way is found. In Nano yoga we incorporate the sound of OM into the five movements based on the Five Tibetans. Modifications are taught for those unable to perform the exact positions.
Pada 1 further states: From this comes the realization of the Self (the soul) and the removal of all obstacles. To overcome the obstacles and their accompaniments, the intense application of the will to some one truth (or principle) is required. Also, it is said that: The peace of the chitta is also brought about by the regulation of the prana or life breath. During Nano Yoga we are taught to regulate the breath in realtion to the movements of the body and to stay focused on the breath by listening to and feeling the breath while we are in motion.
Going back to Pada 1 we learn that: The mind can be trained to steadiness through those forms of concentration which have relation to the sense perceptions. During the repetition phase of Nano Yoga we are trained to become aware of the extremeties (fingers and toes) and to use same as a method of counting as opposed to a mental counting of the repetitions. Through this practice we achieve a tri-binding life experience that cleanses the body, stills the minds and When this super-contemplative state is reached, the Yogi acquires pure spiritual realization through the balanced quiet of the chitta (also adapted from Pada 1).
Each participant will be instructed in the movements, the method of counting, the timing and duration of the breath as well as the incorporation of the sound of OM into the practice.