Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation that induces deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety.
It is a systematic practice that typically lasts between 20 and 45 minutes and is done lying comfortably, often using blankets or props to support the body.
During Yoga Nidra, the client is guided through a series of steps to help them relax and reach a state of deep relaxation, similar to sleep, but with a heightened state of awareness.
The practice involves:
Consciously relaxing different parts of the body.
Focusing on the breath.
Visualizing different images or scenarios.
The word "nidra" in Sanskrit means "sleep," but in the context of Yoga Nidra, it refers to a state of consciousness between being asleep and awake.
The practice helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest and relaxation and helps reduce the effects of stress on the body.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful tool for reducing stress, anxiety, and insomnia and improving overall well-being.
It also helps improve concentration and creativity and can be used as a form of therapy for those who have experienced trauma or are dealing with chronic pain or illness.
I offer free yoga nidra meditation tracks on my YouTube Channel and 8- week Yoga Nidra courses, combined with mindfulness exercises and teachings.
This course offers a deeper dive into yoga nidra principles and enhances meditation practice.