Yoga nidra (also known as yogic sleep) is a powerful technique for controlling your body’s relaxation response. Yoga nidra can be as restorative as sleep, while you remain fully conscious. Giving your mind and body an extra window of deep relaxation offers powerful benefits!
Here are 5 ways yoga nidra can change your life for the better:
1. Improve Your Sleep and Reduce Insomnia
We all know lack of sleep contributes to a whole list of other stresses. From burnout, depression, and a weak immune system, it’s important to get enough zzz’s every night. Incorporate yoga nidra at bedtime and you’ll fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
How? Yoga nidra slows the wavelengths in your mind as you enter a sleep-like state. The experience often starts with sensing the body and mindfully breathing to trigger the relaxation response in your body. This response balances both your left and right brain, plus the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, in preparation for yogic sleep.
2. Detach From Your Thoughts
In our yoga nidra meditation classes, you’ll immerse yourself into a natural resting state. As your mind begins to quiet, you’ll slowly start to recognize that your thoughts are simply thoughts as they come and go. As you develop a deeper awareness of yourself in this resting state, you’ll also learn to integrate this sense of mindfulness into your everyday life.
There’s power in being still and being able to quiet your mind, and yoga nidra can help you reach this state. Many people who maintain a regular yoga nidra practice report feeling rested after a mere 30 to 45 minute practice.
3. Release Tension and Pain
By becoming more aware of the sensations in your body, you become more aware of the stress and worries that hold you back.
Research on the overall benefits of yoga and yoga nidra has revealed improvements in emotional self-regulation—with reduced levels of depression, stress, and anxiety—and an increase in mood, quality of life, and well-being. Yoga nidra is also one of the most effective techniques, not only for physical or mental relaxation, but for preparing the mind for a disciplined yoga practice.
4. Connect with Yourself
Give yourself permission and the time to focus on your health and wellness everyday. Our yoga nidra classes are safe spaces where people from all walks of life can join. Over time, yoga nidra creates more space in your mind, opens a window into your soul, and provides an opportunity to learn about yourself through a reflective and restful experience.
Yoga nidra can also serve as a pathway to freedom without adding bodily stress. You might come into the practice with an intention you want to work on whether it be living in the present moment or letting go of past negative thoughts or events. The intention, often prompted by the instructor, is set at the beginning of the practice.
5. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
A regular yoga nidra practice has all the potential to help you develop, change, or alter your routines and lifestyle for the better.
Over time, you’ll see the world with a different pair of eyes as you draw strength and joy from your surroundings and the present moment. Even in your darkest hours, it’ll be easier to find a moment of joy, happiness, or appreciation.
While yoga nidra works on the inner harmony within yourself, it also enhances your abilities and experiences as you move forward in life. Meditation and yoga nidra invites you to treat every moment and encounter as an opportunity to cherish.
These are some amazing changes of Yoga Nidra.