Did you know you can tap into deep relaxation without leaving your house?
No rushing to a yoga class, finding your favorite spot, going through the poses, only to rush home again.
Yoga nidra is this amazing practice that you can do any time, at your convenience, in the comfort of your own home.
So what the heck is yoga nidra?
I’m glad you asked.
In a nutshell, yoga nidra is sleep with trace awareness. It’s a state of consciousness that you reach while you deeply relax.
It’s so easy, anyone can do it. If you can lie down, you can do this practice. No fancy yoga clothes or twisty bendy poses required.
This is one of my favorite go-to practices when I’m feeling tired, stressed, or just plain cranky.
Benefit Number 1
45-60 minutes of yoga nidra is the equivalent of 4-5 hours of restful sleep.
Holy moly, right?! Who doesn’t need an extra 4-5 hours of sleep?
This is what attracts the majority of my students who find sleep elusive due to stress, worry, menopause, or ruminating thoughts that don’t shut off at 10 PM.
Raise your hand if you could benefit from a practice that has this type of effect on your body and your mind.
Benefit Number 2
Yoga nidra allows you to refill your cup and recharge your internal batteries. It’s the one practice that allows you to completely release your muscles, allow your bones to settle heavy on your mat, and deeply relax your mind.
When you practice yoga nidra, you engage the relaxation response in your body. Your brain literally shifts from lots of activity (beta) to a state of calm (alpha).
Allowing your brain to downshift into a deep state of relaxation helps calm and reduce anxiety and stress. Your body becomes deeply relaxed and goes into a rest and restore mode – achieving theta and delta states. Thoughts dramatically slow down in these states.
You may see images or receive random thoughts. You may also experience profound insight.
Benefit Number 3
Numerous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of practicing yoga nidra include stimulating the rest and digest response, decreased stress, lowering high blood pressure, improves circulation, reduces pain, improves and stabilizes mood, and improves your overall sense of well-being. There are times when things bubble up during yoga nidra – long held fears or anxiety – this practice allows you a safe place to process and release. Yoga nidra may even lead you to profound spiritual insight.
Benefit Number 4
Yoga nidra is easy to do. You don’t need to be skinny or tall, touch your toes or lick your elbow. You simply lie down and fall awake.
Benefit Number 5, 6, 7, 8…
The most common feedback I receive from my students is that this practice leaves them feeling rested and energized at the same time. They feel relaxed and at peace. One of my students uses this practice to reduce back pain. Another has seen her creative side appear.
Many of my students are peri-menopausal and this practice helps reduce insomnia and hot flashes. Even my students who came to this practice with the belief that they can’t stay still discovered that they can sink deep into silence and stillness.
There is no wrong way to do yoga nidra. Enjoy!
From one of my always sold out studio classes, I’ve now brought the Chakra Journey online and on demand.