What is Yoga Nidra
In Sanskrit “Nidra” means sleep. You may have heard that 20-45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4-6 hours of sleep, but what is Yoga Nidra and how does it work?
Yoga Nidra is a meditation practiced lying down in Savasana. It is often referred to as “sleepless sleep” because Yoga Nidra induces a powerful state between being fully awake and being asleep – that same dream-like state you may often hover in during Savasana after your physical yoga practice. This state is called the Hypnagogic state which allows the body to enter a deep relaxation and can release memories locked in the subconscious and unconscious and help create an expanded state of consciousness. Yoga Nidra can be practiced any where from 5-45 minutes. It is best to be guided or by listening to an audio recording, however once you become more familiar and understand the practice you can use it on yourself.
It can be practiced on it’s own as a separate practice or added in before Savasana after your regular yoga classes.
It can also be practiced in bed as part of a nightly ritual to help you fall asleep.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Tips for Practicing Yoga Nidra
Like anything, it becomes a practice and eventually you will be able to complete a full Yoga Nidra practice without falling asleep …maybe!
Carri recently did her Yoga Nidra Teacher Training and is looking forward to incorporating it in to her teachings.
Learn more about this deep relaxation on our 50 & 100 hr. Advanced Modules in Portugal and Napa Valley next year!