What is Yoga Nidra? Yoga Nidra (Nidra = Sleep) is a guided meditation practice that has the power to transform, heal and rejuvenate you at your core levels. Through body sensing, breath awareness, guided imagery and other practices, you are systematically guided on a journey through your whole being, from the outside inward. You are guided to a place of deep relaxation, in between wakefulness and sleep. This inspired practice will awaken your whole self, allowing you to uncover your inner bliss ("ananda") and to live up to your fullest potential.
What can Yoga Nidra do for me? Amazingly, just twenty minutes of this deeply relaxing practice feels like 2-3 hours of traditional sleep! Yoga Nidra meditation induces the relaxation response — your body’s natural healing state — where revitalization and regeneration naturally occur. Your body knows exactly what to do to achieve, and maintain, health and equilibrium-- but it is necessary to go into this state of deep relaxation for healing to happen. Limiting beliefs that hold you back from fully living begin to dissolve, leading to freedom within your mind and body. When you return from meditation, you will feel rested and rejuvenated, able to finish your day with renewed energy, motivation, and focus. Yoga Nidra can open you up to living your fullest potential.
Who can practice Yoga Nidra? Yoga Nidra meditation is for people of all ages and abilities with a desire for greater inner peace and connection with oneself. It is physically accessible to everyone. Yoga Nidra cannot be done wrong-- there is nothing you must do but lie down and listen, giving yourself permission to rest, balance, and restore.
What do people experience in Yoga Nidra? Everyone's experience in Yoga Nidra is different. Common experiences include deep relaxation, drifting in and out of awareness, deep connection to the physical body, clarity of thought, and a wellspring of emotions. All emotions and sensations are of benefit to your overall process of regaining balance-- embracing the present moment as feelings and sensations arise allows you to ultimately bring release, unity and healing to your body and mind. Following practice, your guide can help you to safely process your experience and connect you with additional support resources in the community if needed.
What else is Yoga Nidra good for? Research has shown that regular practice of yoga nidra can help to manage such conditions as anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, insomnia, burnout, creative blocks, and many more. **While not a replacement for traditional medical or mental health care, yoga nidra is an excellent complement to your current medically supervised plan of care.**