Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra is the state of yogic sleep; a sleep whilst awake. In fact, with heightened awareness. This state can be reached through guided awareness practices and I believe it to be one of the greatest gifts from the yogis to the West.

 

Sleep is incredibly important and healing, yet for various reasons most of us don't get enough of it. This practice has a huge number of benefits, just like sleep. This is why it is such a gift.

About

Yoga Nidra is translated as yogic sleep, so is a state, rather than a practice. The practice itself can be described as ''guided awareness', using a variety of methods including relaxation techniques, rotations of consciousness, visualisations and awareness techniques. According to 'Ekhart Yoga' Yoga Nidra  is first written about in 700BC, so is much older than asana which yoga in the West is usually associated with.

My yoga nidra teacher- Kaya Mindlin- states

 

'Yoga Nidra is traditionally for the purpose of investigating and resolving the {problematic} deep impressions or samskaras, which drive our tendencies or actions. In this state, one can resolve the problematic unseeable factors that block us from Self Knowledge. In this way, you make the mind and life more available for Self knowledge.'

You will benefit from this practice, even if you do not end up in the state of Yoga Nidra. The deep relaxation found in the practice can help counteract modern life giving a whole host of benefits.

Benefits

The benefits you experience will be unique, and may vary in time with the practice. These are just from the practice of guided awareness, with Yoga Nidra giving even more than listed here.

  • Deep rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and replenishment

  • Easing of tension and/or pain

  • Increase of energy and bliss

  • Assists in cellular nutrition

  • Removes cellular waste

  • General health improvement

  • Reduces/resolves insomnia

  • Antidote to lost sleep

  • Improves quality of sleep

  • Quietens the mind

  • Benefits all layers of your being

  • Anyone can practice

  • Increases benefits of other aspects of yoga

  • Increased awareness

  • May end in Yoga Nidra, and help to resolve samskaras or deep problematic impressions

 

Tips

The practice is suitable for all, and with these tips you may be able to deepen your practice.

  • Usually performed in savasana position (lying on your back), try having the knees elevated. This could be on a bolster, or with cushions, but even better with the calves up on a chair.

  • If you have difficulty getting up from the floor you can practice in a chair.

  • If pregnant lie on your side in a supported position.

  • Have cushioning under the head.

  • Keep a little distance between the legs. Do not cross them as this can effect circulation.

  • Rest the arms a little away from the body, or rest them on the body, without interlacing fingers.

  • Try not to eat directly before the practice as it may induce sleep.

  • It can be done any time of day but it is said to be beneficial to do so when the brain is in the most balanced (between the hemispheres) state: between 4-6am, midday, 6pm and midnight.

  • Do not have any expectations each time you practice.

  • Choose a suitable environment away from distractions and when you are not due to do something immediately after.

  • ENJOY!

 

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Take the time out of the day for yourself, follow the tips and reap all the rewards of this practice.

 

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