Imagine in your mind

Jun 29, 2018

Every week, I take a little trip around the world. Eyes closed, lying on the floor, I go from Provence to Patagonia and come back home deeply relaxed, smiling. Want to know how I do it? Read this. 

butterfly pose Kiki Morriss
photo credit above: Vanessa Berberian

My friend and yoga teacher Kiki Morriss has a little yoga studio in North London that feels suspended between the city and the sky. She has the most gentle voice and every week, she finishes her class with a serie of Yoga Nidra visualisations.  Why am I talking about this on a travel blog? Because she has put together a set of simple sentences that she recites while we lie down with our eyes closed. Naturally, I have started associating each of her simple imagine with your mind places with snapshots of my travels over the years.  It’s my way of floating around the world every week, disconnected from the reality of the daily. I have shared the sentences below(in bold), and included some photos from my archives that often come to mind. 

Until Kiki does a recording of her guided meditation, perhaps you could ask a partner or a child to read those words to you, repeating each sentence three times calmly and softly, in no particular order? Or you could record your own voice maybe? 

In Kiki’s words: Yoga Nidra is a simple yet profound technique that can be used for deep relaxation, stress management and as a meditation practice. It is suitable for everyone, of any age or physical ability, and it encourages complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. 

Imagine in your mind:

A forest in springtime
[Majete National Park, Malawi]

wide forest in Malawi

A wide, open, blue sky
[Atacama desert, Chile]

never ending road in the Atacama Desert Chile

Waves reaching the shore
[Twelve Apostles, Australia]

seven sisters on Ocean Road Australia

Snow covered mountains
[The Alps, France]

snow capped mountains in the Alps, at sunset

A bird flying high in the sky
[Patagonia, Argentina]

condor flying in the sky in Torres del Paine, Chile

A winding river
[Sigiriya, Sri Lanka]

girl playing in river Sri Lanka

A waterfall
[Iguazu falls, Brazil]

Iguana falls border of Brazil and Argentina

A full moon in the sky
[Moon Valley, Chile]

child holding full moon in the Atacama desert, Chile

A butterfly landing on a flower
[Chiang Mai, Thailand]

little butterfly landing on an arm

A rainbow in the sky
[Tobago]

full rainbow in Tobago

A vast ocean
[Pacific Ocean]

Pacific ocean, Chile

A meadow of wildflowers
[Provence, France]

a bright poppy in spring time

A setting sun
[Tuscany, Italy]

rolling hills near Montepulciano, Italy

Snow falling from the sky
[Kitzbuhel, Austria]

snow falling in Kitzbuhel, Austria

A great desert
[Wahiba Sands, Oman]

walking against the wind and the sand in Oman

A flower in the palm of your hand
[Hampstead Heath, London]

blowing flowers

A smiling face
[anywhere everywhere]

children smiling
photo credit above: Michelle Marshall

Kiki is working on a book about family yoga, with many good ideas about how to initiate the children to this calming practice. Stay tuned.

xx Namaste

2 Comments

  1. florence

    Oh, the new BozAround looks amazing, bravo Vanessa. And of course I love this post – interior travel is wonderful with infinite possibilities! Beijinhos. Florence

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  2. BozAround

    Thank you so much. And for being a faithful reader of BozAround all these years xx

    Reply

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