Over the summer I had the honour of taking two yoga trainings. The first one was my pre and postnatal certification and the second one was my Yoga Nidra certification. You can check out my article on Yoga Nidra here (unfortunately there are a couple typos and they misspelled my teacher’s name…Tanis). On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of mixing the two in my pre-registered Prenatal class. I created a birth-positive Nidra where the Sankalpa (a concise affirmative statement that one deeply desires usually starting with I AM) was centred around birth. Some examples were, “I trust in the process of birth”, “I am safe and fully supported”, “I am at peace”. I also took the women in my class on a creative visualization journey through their immanent labours.
When they came out of the Nidra, I had them write in journals I provided. We had an opportunity for discussion and not one of the women remembered me taking them through the creative visualization! I was astonished. What this meant was that the positive, creative visualization surrounding birth was assimilated on the sub-conscious level, much deeper than the conscious level. We will have to see how their births turn out in my mom & baby classes!
Even if there are no birth-specific Nidras to attend in your area, you can hold a positive intention for your birth. You can write it on a piece of paper and activate it by placing crystals around it or just put it in a frame and hang it in your bedroom so that you are surrounded by your positive intention when you go to sleep and wake up.
We cannot necessarily change the outcome of our birth experiences but we can relax our busy minds and often fear-based messages by holding positive intentions and trusting the unknown.