Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic Sleep or Deep Relaxation, can be used at the end of one’s practice in order to absorb the benefits of the session. Yoga Nidra can also be practiced on its own to induce a state of deep relaxation, assisting in restful sleep.
How do you do Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a deep, guided relaxation. Whilst it’s referred to as Yogic Sleep, the aim of the practice is not actually to fall asleep! Yoga Nidra requires a letting go of the physical body whilst maintaining a conscious awareness as you are guided through your body and the different layers of your awareness and being, from the dense to the subtle. These are known as the koshas.
The journey moves from the physical to the breath which is the bridge between body and mind, then to the mind, to inner peace or bliss state, and then to consciousness itself. After resting here, the practitioner is gently guided back through the different layers to the present moment, bringing with them a deep sense of release and stillness.
Yoga Nidra is usually practiced lying down, however if you have a tendency to fall asleep or snore, you can also practice in a seated position.
What are the benefits of yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra relieves the symptoms of stress, bringing about a deep sense of relaxation. It calms the nervous system promoting better health. Practicing yoga Nidra regularly helps bring different areas of your life into balance as you gain more inner strength, becoming more clear-headed and balanced.
You can try a yoga Nidra HERE. Try to stay awake throughout, letting the different layers of consciousness slowly drop away.