What is Yoga Nidra?
Nidra in sanksrit means sleep
yoga nidra = yoga sleep
This isn't the kind of sleep we take at night. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that takes the practioner into a state of mind that is equivalent to restful/deep sleep.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Reduce Stress & Tension in Mind & Body
Alleviate Long Standing Anxiety, PTSD & Trauma
Countless Health Benefits (Like reducing Chronic Pain)
Gain Restful Sleep and Eliminate Insomnia
& Much More...
How it works
You begin by laying on your back, taking savasana (resting pose). Allowing time for settling in, relaxing and getting as comfortable as possible. Once settled you will listen to the instructor guide you through an awareness meditation.
By keeping awareness on what the teacher is guiding you through you allow the brain to settle while still conscious. The mind drops into a state that is between wakefulness and sleep.
Again, in yoga nidra you don't actually sleep, but this relaxed state is measurable to a deep relaxed sleep.
"When we practice yoga nidra, we are trying to transcend the behavior of the external mind." -Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati