Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, is a sublimely powerful practice that’s as easy as lying down. If you enjoy resting comfortably and would appreciate having a soothing voice guide you to deeper relaxation, then yoga nidra is for you! Still not convinced.. here are five benefits of yoga nidra.
A rigorous yoga practice is good for the heart and the muscular system, but requires energy and stamina. Yoga nidra, inversely, can be practiced by anyone from children to seniors. It’s simple to follow along. All that is required physically is to lie down on your yoga mat. It can also be practiced seated if that is easier or more comfortable for you.
2. Everyone is good at yoga nidra
It’s impossible to practice yoga nidra incorrectly. All you have to do is listen to the instructor guide you mind and body to relax deeply. Even if you fall asleep, that’s ok, too! Your subconscious mind will still absorb the practice of intentionally resting.
3. Yoga nidra helps relieve stress and anxiety
Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation. It goes beyond your average savasana practice. The stages of body scan and breath awareness calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health. You’ll experience sensing into your body and breath in specific ways that trigger the relaxation response. The relaxation response balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and balances the left and right brain. In the process, your brain shifts from beta, an awakened state with lots of brain activity, to alpha, a more relaxed state. In alpha, the mood-regulating hormone serotonin gets released, and this calms you down.
4. Yoga nidra can help you sleep better
The practice of yoga nidra is an ancient Yogic technique that can help to address many of the underlying causes of insomnia. Practicing yoga nidra helps to re-balance an overactive nervous system and soothe emotional anxiety. Each time you practice yoga nidra meditation, you’re stilling the waves of the mind through conscious entry into the sleep state. It relieves insomnia by allowing you to disengage from thoughts and other stressors and to experience deep relaxation.
5. Yoga nidra can bring greater joy into your life
The practice of yoga nidra has some powerful psychological benefits stated above, and can thus assist in healing psychological wounds, such as overcoming bouts of depression or dependency. When your mind and body become relaxed, your experience of ‘what is’ in your life becomes more clear and less judgmental. As you clear negativity through a thoughtful and relaxing release of tension and stress, a profound sense of joy and well-being enters 🙂
Increasingly, yogis, meditators, and everyday people are experiencing the benefits of yoga nidra. If you need a little activity before trying it out, then we offer a Flow class every Sunday 5:30-6:30pm before Yoga Nidra 6:45-7:45pm on the final Sunday of each month. You can use your class pass, too.
Try it out! You may just melt into the floor.