As a long time practitioner of ashtanga yoga, I was never able to fully relax and meditate after the practice. One day, my yoga teacher was really tired and she told us we wouldn’t be doing sun salutations, but that instead we’d do a yoga nidra practice. I thought “oh great, a guided meditation, I’m not gonna be able to concentrate at all,” but funnily enough, I drifted off completely and only returned as my teacher was welcoming us back into the room. Thus began my obsession with yoga nidra.
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, is a traditional practice that was popularized by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. There are a lot of different versions available in both MP3 and CD versions, but as much as I love Steve Wolf’s CD (one of the best ones out there) I always thought it would be amazing to have some great music as well.
About four years ago, I contacted Pulse Emitter to make a yoga nidra release and he was very interested but busy at the time, so we left it aside until December of 2017, when he contacted me with the proposition to move forward. Pulse Emitter is based in Portland, and I’m Mexican (I live in Mexico City) – that’s why we also did a Spanish version of a traditional yoga nidra script, since we both agreed yoga nidra is an amazing tool that should be available to everybody, not just English speaking folks (and I’m not gonna lie, it was kind of a long dream of mine).
I really want to thank Crash Symbols and Pulse Emitter for this opportunity. Hopefully these recordings bring peace, tranquility, and a clearer, more positive mind to you.
"...beautifully polished and utterly present and like the sort of thing you’d have to pay a month’s rent to experience at some fancy retreat." -Tabs Out Podcast
Reading is a modified abridgment of a traditional yoga nidra script
Transcribed by Jen Pearson
Spanish translation by Chuck Pereda
Voice guides are Chuck Pereda and Natalia Szendro
Voices recorded by Armando “Armen” Vázquez at Bizarro.fm
Music by Pulse Emitter
Edited and mastered by Daryl Groetsch
Photography by Ang Wilson
Art/Layout by Liz Pavlovic