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Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is the state of consciousness between waking and sleep. This is why it’s sometimes called Yogic Sleep. But fear not – no snoring here! It’s more a state of relaxation and presence induced by a guided meditation. Mentioned in ancient yogic texts, it was developed as a practice in the 20th Century and can now be found on studio schedules across the world.

So… it’s like meditation?

Yes, but also no. They are similar but not exactly the same. In Yoga Nidra, you’re lying down, whereas in meditation you’re usually sitting. In Yoga Nidra, the goal is to move into a state of consciously aware sleep which is a deep state of relaxation with awareness.

What are the benefits?

There are tons. Stress relief, better sleep, improvements to your memory, reducing anxiety, lifting your mood, better cognitive function – the list is endless!

Do I have to do it at night before I go to bed?

You can, but you don’t have to! A nighttime Nidra practice can certainly help you wind down for bed – but the great thing about Yoga Nidra is that you can enjoy its benefits whenever. It’s a wonderful way to rejuvenate and feel rested whenever you do it.

OK, I’m sold. How do I start?

The good news is you don’t need anything fancy or new – just a yoga mat or a blanket to lie down on. You can even do Yoga Nidra in bed if you prefer. Blankets, bolsters, and props are all handy too if you have them around. Your body temperature is known to drop in the Nidra state, especially if you have been active beforehand, so cosy clothes are good to stay warm and help you stay present. An eye pillow or mask to block out light is also a great help.

As with all things, you might not ‘get’ Yoga Nidra right away. Relaxing isn’t always easy! When the mind is busy and active, it takes practice to reach a state of calm. So don’t give up if you find it tricky – give Yoga Nidra a few tries.

The worst that can happen is you drift off… 😴

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