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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUDIO RECORDINGS OF 10 PRACTICES OF YOGA NIDRA DESCRIBED IN YONI SHAKTI (page 433-4) are now available to download from the resources page of this site www.yonishakti.co/resources

There are three forms of audio material available on this page - Yoga Nidra practices (mostly recorded live in workshops and on retreats), chanted invocations in Sanskrit and some readings from the book, especially the short stories and fairy tales.

YOGA NIDRA
is an integral and crucial element of any yoga practice that supports deep healing and transformation. Yoga Nidra is the heart of my own daily practice, and has been for nearly twenty years. So when I think of how yoga can empower us to access the deep inner knowing which is our true nature, then I think of how the practice of Yoga Nidra assists us in coming home to ourselves. A full set of yoga nidra scripts for different stages of a woman's life, including menstruation, postnatal recovery and menopause is included in the third part of Yoni Shakti. The scripts of these practices are available to read in the book, and I have also made professionally recorded and edited audio versions of these scripts.

These audio tracks will eventually be presented in the form of a CD set, but for the time being are being made available in the
Yoni Shakti Resources page
http://www.yonishakti.co/resources

If you have an interest in yoga nidra, I warmly encourage you to visit
www.yoganidranetwork.org
for a selection of excellent free downloads of yoga nidra scripts (more are added regularly from wonderful teachers working all over Europe).

SANSKRIT CHANTS AND INVOCATIONS

are an integral part of my own yoga practice, and are always included in the retreats, trainings, classes, workshops and womb yoga ritual events that I share. Some of the chants are from the Upanisads, widely used in yoga classes, and some are more devotional shlokass which offer a connection to the deep feminine through the honouring of various forms of the goddess (Lakshmi, Saraswati, Tara and Kali, for example). I find that chanting and listening to these sounds is conducive to peace and focus. Many people have requested over the years to have recordings of these chants so that they can learn them for their won practice, and so I have recorded them in versions which offer triple repetitions of each mantra to assist in the learning process. As with the Yoga Nidra, some tracks are offered freely here, and others (which involved more complex editing and professional assistance with recording) are for sale in the shop. it is my hope that the positive vibrations of these Sanskrit sounds spread far and wide. Thank you for listening.

READINGS FROM THE BOOK

The fairy stories and other tales that appear throughout the book are heart-felt, rich in images and metaphors. Most were received during the practice of yoga nidra, and some were passed to me by other teachers who are honoured in the book. Some are intended to be listened to whilst doing some of the practices in the book (like Sitaa's story) and others are simply a way to bring the ideas in the book alive in a different way. I hope you enjoy listening to them all.

Stars yoga nidra (yoni)

This spacious thirteen minute yoga nidra practice is the opening invocation to Yoni Shakti. In this version, the word YONI is used to locate energy in the cunt.

It may be an interesting experiment in the power of language for you to listen to both versions of this yoga nidra, this one and its sister track which uses the word CUNT to locate energy in the yoni. Enjoy! And compare your responses. Maybe your reactions to the differences between yoni and cunt change with repeated listening? I'd be glad to hear your comments, so if you'd like to share your response please mail me, or use the box below…

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Stars yoga nidra (cunt)

This spacious thirteen minute yoga nidra practice is the opening invocation to Yoni Shakti. In this version, the word CUNT is used to locate energy in the yoni.

It may be an interesting experiment in the power of language for you to listen to both versions of this yoga nidra, this one and its sister track which uses the word YONI to locate energy in the cunt. Enjoy! And compare your responses. Maybe your reactions to the differences between yoni and cunt change with repeated listening? I'd be glad to hear your comments, so if you'd like to share your response please mail me, or use the box below…

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Lakshmi Stotrum

I first learnt to chant the Lakshmi Stotrum with Mukunda Stiles, who included these eight verses in praise of Lakshmi as part of a daily practice of DEVI PUJA (goddess worship). I loved it very much, but I have to say that over the years of chanting this, the melody has morphed a bit, and so now this particular version doesn't really resemble the original tune I learnt. But this is the one I use now. We recorded it pretty later (for me - that means after 9pm!), so it all sounds very relaxed, but it is nice to sing in the morning.

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Lakshmi Stotrum (short version)

This is the short version of the verses above, the eight verses are only sung through once before the concluding final verses. JAI LAKSHMI MA!

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Ganesha Shlokas

I first learnt to chant these shlokas in 1996 in the laundry at the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin, up in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada. We actually chanted them daily in the yoga hall, but it was during a long stint in the laundry doing karma yoga (washing the swami's dhotis, and kurtas as I remember…) that I actually got all the lines by heart. They are still there. The idea is to chant these shlokas first before any undertaking requiring study or focussed attention (like a training course or a business meeting). Sometimes you have to do it quietly…

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Kali mantra

These lines are from the Devīmāhātmyam (Great Glory of the Goddess) or Durgā Saptashatī, a long Sanskrit poem about the victory of the goddess Durga over the demonic forces. It's old (450CE) and I love it. These are the lines that open and close the book YONI SHAKTI - she's really just a sort of big 692 page Kalī sandwich. I learnt to chant this section because it is the opening to the Babaji aarti, which I first sang in the Babaji Healing Temple at the Healing field Gathering in 2004.

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Shanti Mantra

This is a Vedic chant that I first learnt in 1998 from my Sanskrit teacher at the time, Aja. I practiced the chant from the words and recordings in Aja's wonderful booklet the Power of Sound, that is still available through his website http://www.barnashram.blogspot.ru/p/products.html The chant places peace everywhere, in the heavens, on the earth, in the trees and the plants and the divine beings and the creative energy. I have found it very comforting for babies and other distressed humans. It has eleven shantis in it.

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Closing mantras

These three chants wish for the health and well being of all (sarvesham svastir bhavatu…), then reflect on the fullness and completeness of all (purnamada…) and finally seek to ensure the freedom and happiness of all beings every where (lokaha samasta…). I first learnt to chant them at the Satyananda yoga centre in south London in 1996, and then learnt another melody and poetic translation for the Purnamada chant from Mukunda Stiles. It is his version that I chant here.

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Home to Earth - Sita's story

This is a story of running to ground - total surrender to the need to come home to the earth. I often tell this story on retreats to accompany the practice of 'pranamasana' - lying flat out, belly on the ground, sometimes with weight resting on the lower back. It is a profoundly earthing experience to hear this story whilst resting in this pose. Instructions for the pose are given in the third part of Yoni Shakti. You can, of course listen to the story any way you like!

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Welcome Home - a yoga nidra to settle into yourself

This twenty-three minute practice was recorded live and extempore in the Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibeten Buddhist Centre in South East London on the first morning of the Yoga Nidra Foundation Weekend (January 2014). It is a celebratory and welcoming yoga nidra practice, shared with over fifty yoginis and yogis gathered together in the very beautiful shrine ground floor shrine room, presided over by three serene golden Buddhas. It's January, it's England, and so, as you might expect, there are a few coughs and snuffles from the assembled yoga nidristas! There's also a little sense of settling down at the start as a late comer is welcomed, and because the group is arranged in a big circle, I needed to turn my head around to keep everyone in view as the practice was delivered, so my proximity to the microphone does alter throughout the practice. So in some ways, this is a bit rough and ready, but in other ways it is very perfect!

Because of the real live sense of actually being there in the shrine room, the energy of the practice is very vibrantly ALIVE and WELCOMING. I enjoyed sharing this practice very much indeed, and still enjoy doing this practice because it provides for me a very real sense of community and thanksgiving: a connection to our own inner teacher, and a connection to the presence of all of those around the world who are practicing yoga at the same time as us.

For further free yoga nidra downloads, and more information about the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Weekends and the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training programme, please visit www.yoganidranetwork.org

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Bi-lingual yoga nidra (English and Italiano)

This 26 minute practice is a special menstrual awareness yoga nidra - a live recording made in the first evening of the Yoga del Grembo (Womb Yoga) women's retreat with Alexandra Pope and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, November 2011 in Kushi Ling near Lake Garda. English spoken by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Italiano by Marinella Benelli (thank you Marinella!). All the women on the retreat were laying in a circle, heads to the centre, with candles glowing on the bright red circle in the centre, and four beautiful scarlet cyclamen blooming beautifully.

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Bi-lingual English/Russian yoga nidra for women's health

This practice was specially created for the Russian yoginis attending the 2013 Moscow Womb Yoga training. The Russian voice is Natalia Pylaeva, who interpreted for me during the whole course. It is recorded in a busy city studio, with some babies and their families swimming the the pool next door, but still to me i feel a sense of peace and homecoming when I listen to it.

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