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Mar 11, 2019

On today’s show, Rod Stryker and I continue our conversation on the deeply healing and transformative practice of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra essentially translates to the ‘end of all thoughts’ because it is a process in which we learn to let go, to relax and restore, to diffuse our awareness, and to just BE.

We’ve created a world where we are always doing something; with our Iphones and tablets constantly by our sides and work or life stressors always on our minds, we are continually thinking, working, or moving. We are hardly ever still, and we are never bored anymore! With a lack of daydreaming or boredom, we are unable to fully process and digest our emotions or experiences, and in turn we unable to know our true selves. If we don’t allow ourselves the time and space to dissolve, to daydream and to relax, even the simplest of tasks will become very difficult for us to accomplish.

Life isn’t about learning to cope, to mitigate, or to be only partly insane….it’s about Thriving.

Listen in and learn how to live a life of Thrive with this timeless practice of Yoga Nidra.  


What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • Why are Deep Rejuvenation, boredom and daydreaming so important?
  • How do we avoid going to sleep while we’re awake?
  • What is America’s number one health crisis and why is this cause for serious concern?


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Show Highlights:

  • 1:08- Rod talks about the final of the 4 stages of Yoga Nidra. Spirituality, as well as the 4 fundamental stages of Nidra.
  • 6:00- What does a lack of daydreaming and boredom do to us physiologically? If we don’t get bored, we don’t process who we are in time and space. Who am I? What do I stand for? What do I want to do on this planet in this life? In our fast-paced, technological world, we do not allow space for boredom and we are therefore unable to answer these important questions.
  • 13:30- The state of expanded awareness that comes from Yoga Nidra, ie. Flow state, biohacking, and maximizing cognitive function. How do we avoid habitual thinking and how to we avoid going to sleep while we’re awake?
  • 20:50- We can no longer afford to not be passionate about finding what is true, what is real, and what is truly important. Learn to tune into yourself with Yoga Nidra, to learn to not push against what the body and mind desires, to drop into yourself and allow. Insomnia is currently the biggest health crisis. If you continue to push your nervous system too much for too long, there will be repercussions.


Favorite Quotes:

  • “It’s about allowing these awareness breaks, instead of coffee breaks.” -Cate Stillman  
  • “You are the presence that exists in your own heart.” -Rod Stryker
  • “We need times with no-thing.” -Cate Stillman
  • “You’ve got to root to rise, you’ve got to get down to get up.” -Cate Stillman
  • “Our problems have now gotten bigger. There is a bigger price to pay for the misalignment with the authentic self.” -Rod Stryker


Guest BIO:

Yogarupa Rod Stryker is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher, guiding and sharing his wisdom for 40 years. He is the founder of ParaYoga®, the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom and the creator of the app Sanctuary, a vital resource for the practices of meditation and yoga nidra (also called Enlightened Sleep––the ultimate science of deep relaxation). Rod has dedicated his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, practice, teaching, leadership, service and family life. Contact him on his website and facebook page.