What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful and restorative meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain.
During Yoga Nidra the mind remains conscious during the normally “unconscious” state associated with deep sleep. It is one of the most popular yoga meditation techniques, because it induces a profoundly deep state of rest. It is effortless, enjoyable, soothing and recuperative.
Most people use Yoga Nidra for it’s restorative effects, to relax and release stress or to improve their sleep, but it is also a powerful tool to create positive changes in your life and reach your goals.
How does a Yoga Nidra session unfold?
Yoga Nidra is usually practiced in the lying position (shavasana or ‘corpse pose’), on a yoga mat. A thin pillow and/or a light blanket can be used to help you ease into a totally comfortable and restful position.
Trying to remain as awake and alert as possible, you are then guided through different stages of relaxation, with the aim to take you deeper and deeper into an altered state of consciousness, between wakefulness and sleep.
The practice starts by setting an intention (or sankalpa), then goes on with a journey through differents steps of relaxation to successively raise body awareness, breath awareness and emotional awareness. Once body and mind are fully relaxed, you are guided through a visualization before gently “waking up”. An average sessions lasts around 30 to 45 minutes, and for the vast majority of people it usually feels as a 3-4hrs restorative sleep…