What is yoga nidra? Nidra, meaning sleep, is a deep relaxation form of yoga, and a technique to awaken the connection between body, mind, and soul. The practice is like a deep sleep while you are still awake.
This ancient practice is becoming more popular as a form of meditation and mind-body therapy, and has multiple physical benefits. Below you'll find just 3 of the benefits of yoga nidra.
1. Reduce Your Stress
Suffering from hypertension, hypothyroidism, or poor sleep? Deep relaxation exercises are known to reduce blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve sleep.
They can also stimulate thyroid function, reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and adrenal insufficiency (although there is a lack of scientific evidence to back this up) and aid in the recovery of muscle fatigue and repair.
2. Bring Joy Into Your Life
The practice of yoga nidra has some pretty powerful psychological benefits as well. It can assist in healing psychological wounds and assists those dealing with depression and dependency.
It brings a profound sense of joy and well-being to the practitioner.
3. Connect with Yourself
Taking this one step further, yoga nidra is also a way to connect with your deeper, spiritual self. It restores the body, senses, and mind to their natural function and awakens a subconscious awareness that allows you to feel no separation. Oneness, wholeness, tranquility, and well-being are experienced on a Universal level.
This beautiful sensation comes to those who are available to receive it; an all-encompassing unconditional love for self and the Universal self, which are understood to be the same thing.
How is All This Achieved by Just Lying There?
Although you are lying down during the practice, by no means are you doing nothing. A teacher will guide you through the practice, using techniques such as hypnotherapy, autosuggestion, and conscious relaxation to take you deep into the nidra.
After going into the deepest point of conscious relaxation, you are brought out of it and back into the present state. At this point you reconnect with yourself and the world around you, using your experience to guide your interactions as you live in the moment, moment to moment.
How do I Find a Class?
Search your local yoga studios for a class with an experienced instructor. Keep in mind that you don’t need to practice in a classroom setting to receive the benefits. There are also books and CDs that explain the practice and take you through a session in the comfort of your own home.
Have you practiced yoga nidra? What did you gain from it? Share with us below!