The Power of Yoga Nidra For Mind, Body & Soul.
Are you getting enough sleep, can you imagine getting all the benefits of sleep and being fully conscious….Yes this is actually possible and it is called Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep)
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique that cultivates conscious relaxation. I am a self-confessed Nidra addict and have been doing it for years. I love to practice before bed, it reminds me of being a child. I would often drift to sleep as my mother read to me, but I would be conscious enough to still listen to her. My mum would say I'm finishing now as your falling asleep and I would say no mum don’t stop. It was like I was surfing between awake and asleep.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice originating in India. Its roots can be traced back to Sankhya philosophy (first written down around 700 BC but dating back to around 1000 BC through verbal teaching)
It’s usually practiced lying down with a teacher guiding you. The practice draws our attention inwards, and we learn to float between the states of wakefulness and sleep, the body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) – the breath balances and becomes quiet, unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and we fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness.
When we are awake the brain produces Beta waves when we sleep our brain waves in deep sleep our brain produces Delta waves, which are very slow, and the body repairs and restores and heals. When we dream we are in Rem sleep this is a way we are processing our subconscious into the conscious. When we practice Yoga Nidra there is the potential to experience all three as we enter what is called 'a hypnagogic state'.
The best thing about Yoga Nidra is absolutely anyone can practice it, but it is particularly great for those who struggle to let go. So if you have struggled with mediation then this could be the practice for you. It also has immense value for those suffering from sleep deprivation, trauma, anxiety, or depression.
Here are 10 benefits of Yoga Nidra:
Helps with sleep
Help reduce painful periods
Reduce PTSD, chronic pain, and chemical dependency
Heighten awareness and focus
Transform negative habits, behaviors, and ways of thinking
Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity
Help with period paid
My tips for practicing are use an eye bag or an eye mask, inhale some lovely oils before you practice (Cedarwood, Vetiver, and Lavender are my favorites) Get really comfy I like to place pillows or bolster under my knees. Make sure you are warm maybe put socks on and wear loose clothes. If I practice Nidra I have a much better quality of sleep.
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