Track 1: (in supine position)
A profound method of deep relaxation and body mastery, by the step
by step withdrawal of consciousness from the toes to the crown of
the head (as taught by the Himalayan yogis). The tranquillising
effect is heightened by the classic Dhrupad style sitar music
by Sri Ramchandra Mistry. Guaranteed to give you the deepest
relaxation you ever had. For this reason, be sure to take the phone
off the hook and lock the door before you begin!
Track 2: (in sitting or lotus
position) Visualising oneself as The COSMIC CANDLE leads one into
mystical contemplation of the inner cosmos expanding into the outer
Listen to some audio samples...
Yoga Nidra Deep Relaxation
Cosmic Candle Visualisation
Yoga Nidra –The Sleep of the Yogis
Those fortunate enough to have been at Muz’s
sessions at the (BWY) Congress will need no
elaboration on the pleasant, soft-voice guiding the
experiences on this CD; nor will it be any surprise
to them to learn that the pace is slow and more or
less ideal, and the diction unfailingly peaceful.
All this is complemented by the gentle sitar music
of Ramchandra Mistry, which remains appropriately
distanced and truly in the background.
The Yoga Nidra sequence features most of the usual
elements, the Resolution, the rapid rotation of
consciousness around the different physiological
locations, followed by the withdrawal of
consciousness from the body, etc. There is
considerable emphasis placed upon the idea that the
body sleeps while the consciousness remains
alert—the resolution of the apparent contradiction
involved in the use of the concept nidra in
What is most impressive about this experience,
however, is the depth of relaxation achieved –
largely through breathing; ‘Breathe in “calm”,
breath out “relax”,’ though partly, also, through
the profoundly relaxing quality of the intonation –
and the positive effect of the whole sequence.
On The Cosmic Candle, we are eased into a meditative
state through guided visualisation in a way which
makes this a real continuation of the first
experience. This is a Candle Meditation with a
difference, in which the meditator imagines himself
as the candle and in which the inner light, as the
flame burns, gradually melts away the outer body,
dissolving distinctions between inner and outer,
self and universe. Badly done, this could have
turned out to be disturbing and negative; but Muz
manages to maintain almost perfect balance and the
result is profound and inspiring.
As the distinction between self and universe
disappears, we are led to feel the ‘vastness of
Space within and the millions of points of light’;
overcoming what Alan Watts called ‘the skin
encapsulated Ego,’ we experience a little of the
unity not only of the individual and the All, but
the atomic and the cosmic too. Muz’s insight and
compassion provide exactly the right guide and the
journey through Space, Light, Inner Sound and Love.
—Malcolm Ashworth, (Spectrum –The British Wheel of
Yoga Nidra — Yoga’s sleepless sleep, begins with
relaxation in the supine position. Then, to the
accompaniment of gentle sitar music, Mr. Murray in a
quiet voice talks the listener stage by stage into
the relaxed but aware state of luminous
“It is not you that is breathing, but the universe
that is breathing you” — the words guide one into
directing the attention to various parts of the
body: then to the withdrawal of outer consciousness,
gently talked into; sleep rises up the body in slow
waves until only the consciousness is awake in the
inert flesh. Afterwards, with equal slowness, the
journey is taken back to normal wakefulness,
refreshed and uplifted.
The Guided Candle Meditation — One sits erect and
visualises oneself cast out of wax, as a gigantic
candle, the spine the upright wick and surmounted by
the glowing flame. The subject is guided into the
sensations and perceptions of a visualised
meditation — light and warmth suffuse the cells
throughout the body as the muscles melt like the wax
they are supposed to be. Then the awareness spreads
outwards in space in every direction so that the
individual expands and melts into the universe.
For those new to mediation or find formless
meditation still beyond them, this kind of talk-in
can be a valuable help; it should certainly be
effective with most students.
Altogether a very useful CD.
I bought Muz
Murray's Yoga Nidra some time ago and absolutely love it. I have
bought several other meditation/relaxation tapes by other people but
this is by far the best one!!
--Rose-Marie Sorokin (www.innerlightyoga.co.uk)
You may like to
know I’ve been to bed with you for the past 12 years! After
following your Yoga Nidra every evening, I get the best night’s
sleep I’ve ever had. All my workaday tension flows away and I drop
off easily. A thousand thanks!
--Jenny Myers (London)
I practice your
Yoga Nidra CD every day, sometimes twice a day, and I think it's
wonderful. I'd be lost without it!
I always recommend you highly whenever I teach Yoga Nidra.
I have owned 4 copies of Yoga Nidra and can honestly say yours is
the only one I have ever recommended.
--Carrie-Anne Bridel (www.yogafreedom.co.uk)