What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is form of guided rest and relaxation sometimes known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. It is usually practiced lying down on the back or side (though you can even do it when out for a walk or seated too) with a Yoga Nidra Guide facilitating the session. It can be anything from 15 minutes to 1 hour or longer!
The practice invites our attention inwards, through the different layers of our system and we learn to drift between the states of wakefulness and sleep, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) – the breath is effortless and becomes a natural flow, and we rest deeply into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness. Yoga Nidra brings us, with ease, into a state of balanced, deeply relaxed, restful being. From here, we can invite healing, restoration and awakening to our deepest, all-knowing, all-welcoming self. It is a deeply profound practice and gaining more popularity as more and more research and studies emerge.
It may help with sleep, anxiety, pain management and stress.
It is also very beneficial to anyone who wants to invite space for creativity to arise.
It is also just a great way to find rest in everyday life.
Want to experience more Yoga Nidra?
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