Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain.
The majority of our ills and pains are caused by stress; the powerful antidote of stress is deep rest. When we rest deeply, our heart rate slows, our blood pressure stabilizes and our body goes into a state that is optimal for healing. Indeed the most powerful force of healing is within us.
By distancing ourselves from our thoughts and emotions and coming back to the peace in our hearts we heal ourselves physically and mentally. This is the power of yoga nidra or “yogic sleep”, an ancient yogic meditative practice.
You lie down comfortably on your back and allow yourself to be led into a deep state of rest and relaxation, more profound than sleep. A state that allows you to release tension and with regular practice resolve symptoms of stress and trauma, positively altering your brain such that you feel calmer and more connected to yourself.
The beauty of yoga nidra is that you can practice yourself and it does not need to cost anything. Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed and lie down with a blanket and pillow to keep you warm and comfortable while you listen to a nidra recording. It's good to stay alert and if you fall asleep you will still benefit.
Practicing a 20-30 minute yoga nidra daily for a month will bring lasting benefits; with a minimum practice of 3-4 times a week you will already notice changes in your mental and physical wellbeing.
Yoga nidra can be practiced by people of all ages; special recordings exist for children and often kids respond well to recordings designed for adults as well. You might like to try a few different voices and styles until you find one that you resonate well with. Photo by Sophie Bonnin-Rocher
On www.bathinginlove.com I share some powerful yoga nidra recordings by my teachers as well as my own for you to try. You can also sign up for yoga nidra sessions with me on zoom or in person if you would like to practice with a supportive group.