If you are looking for a Yoga Technique that helps you relax, meditate, and reduce stress levels. Yoga Nidra may be the right thing for you!
It is a meditation technique that has its origin in the tantric practice of Nyasa in India.
In essence, it is a system of relaxation that lies between wakefulness and sleep. But no, it is not about taking a nap! Although Yoga Nidra is translated as "Yoga of Psychic Sleep".
The main objective of Yoga Nidra is to achieve deep relaxation but always in a state of awareness. According to the masters of this type of yoga, the state of Nidra reveals on the conscious level what is stored in the subconscious and unconscious (the "samskaras").
Perhaps this is why the Nidra is known as the yoga of mental purification. It is a practice that induces relaxation and meditation.
How is Yoga Nidra practiced?
Yoga Nidra focused on the corpse pose (Savasana). The position of your body should be symmetrical. It is easier to feel the relaxation of the legs, for example, if both are in the same position and at the same distance.
Top tip. Bring a blanket with you. This practice can lower your body temperature and make you feel cold.
During the whole yoga Nidra session, you are in the same position, so it is very important that you are comfortable. The eyes must be closed during the entire session. The goal is to focus on the present moment.
What is a Yoga Nidra session like?
Sessions can last from 20 to 45 minutes. It is recommended that the sessions are guided by a teacher or an audio session. Some do self-guided Yoga Nidra, but they are usually advanced practitioners.
Who can do Yoga Nidra?
In short: everyone. There is no physical limit as it is based primarily on meditation.
What are the benefits?
A 2018 comparison study between Seated Meditation and Yoga Nidra, reveal that Yogic Sleep may be more effective in reducing cognitive and physiological symptoms of anxiety.
Finally, don't forget to check out our article on meditation techniques for better sleep.