Yoga Nidra meditation is a practice of progressive physical relaxation in the body. As the body settles into deeper states of relaxation it brings with it stillness, calm and openness in the mind. The body and mind become more unified therefore receptive to change and healing. Students feel a sense of bliss and contentment from the practice of Yoga Nidra. They report a feeling of alert calm in the mind and recharge in the body.
The practice of Yoga Nidra is adaptogenic by nature. What this means is Yoga Nidra acts to bring the body and mind back in physiological and psychological balance regardless of what ailment the student is experiencing. Whether you’re looking for relief from anxiety, insomnia, grief, lower back pain, or depression, Yoga Nidra is a meditation practice that creates homeostasis in the body and mind. This internal balance maintains stability and provides resilience from the ups and downs of normal life.
Yoga Nidra is a straight forward, clear and concise meditation practice. Anyone can practice. The student doesn’t need to have a meditation practice to begin, be in good health or flexible. The practice is done in “shavasana” or a lying down position on the back. The student finds a warm, comfortable place to relax without interruptions. To prepare, use a blanket and wear socks to keep the body warm, a pillow under the head and something over the eyes – then just listen to the guided meditation.
It is helpful to listen to the same Yoga Nidra meditation at least three times a week for three months. This will provide a healing and healthy routine for your body and mind. Practice Yoga Nidra at the same time, in the same place each day if possible. Commit to practice and enjoy the physical, emotional and mental healing Yoga Nidra can provide.