What is Yoga Nidra? Yoga Nidra ("yogic sleep") is a powerful guided meditation practice that enables you to experience profound rest and transformation. The practice was developed in Rishikesh, India by Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga.
While lying down or sitting comfortably, you are guided to create a Sankalpa (heartfelt resolve), then systematically guided through body sensing, breath awareness, exploration of emotions and sensations, and guided imagery-- facilitating an awareness of your innate ability to balance, heal, release limiting beliefs, and manifest your highest goals.
When you are deeply relaxed, you can access your natural healing state where revitalization and rejuvenation takes place. Through Yoga Nidra, you can reconnect with your entire being-- the physical as well as the energetic, mental-emotional, wisdom, and bliss states contained by the physical form-- encouraging a sense of wholeness, equanimity, and well-being.
What Yoga Nidra Can Do For You: Yoga Nidra can help you switch gears from Doing and Thinking, to Feeling and Being-- turning off the "fight or flight" state and turning on the "relaxation response." As such, Yoga Nidra can reduce stress related symptoms such as high blood pressure, insomnia and other sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, effects of trauma, and chronic pain.
The practice is also helpful with pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery, prenatal preparation and postpartum recovery, gender identity confirmation, and managing addiction. Yoga Nidra is an excellent complement to any medical treatment regimen.* Just twenty minutes of Yoga Nidra meditation feels like 3-4 hours of conventional sleep!
What Yoga Nidra Feels Like: Participants have reported the following experiences during and after practicing Yoga Nidra: a sense of stillness, transformation of negative thought patterns, rising up of healing images and sensations, dissolution of creative blocks, a sense of limitlessness and unity, revitalization, reduction of trauma and grief reactions, and better sleep. Any and all experiences while practicing Yoga Nidra serve to enhance your healing process and overall well-being.
Who Can Practice Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra is for anyone seeking to experience greater inner peace, improved overall physical and emotional health, and sleep better. There’s no “wrong” way to practice Yoga Nidra— all you need to do is find a position of comfort and listen.
Yoga Nidra is appropriate for ALL ages, ALL abilities, and ALL bodies.
*Yoga Nidra meditation is not a replacement for medically-supervised care and treatment.