5 BENEFITS OF PRACTICING YOGA NIDRA
Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep as it is also known, is a guided meditation/relaxation technique. You get to lie down on the floor, which is much more comfortable than trying to sit upright for extended periods of time like in classic meditation.
Here’s the 5 things we like most about Yoga Nidra
- It’s Accessible: Anyone can do this practice, it’s suitable and manageable for children, seniors, newbies to yoga, and seasoned practitioners alike. All you need is a space to lie down and a recording of a Yoga Nidra script (claim yours for free by clicking here)
- It can help to reduce stress: We live in a world that is constantly stimulating our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system), leaving us stressed out, imbalanced, and weary. Yoga Nidra helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which governs the rest and digest functions of the body, helping to reduce stress levels in the body and mind, bringing us back into a harmonious state and with more resources to face the world.
- It’s great for insomniacs: During Yoga Nidra you should try not to fall asleep in order to receive all the benefits. However, practicing Yoga Nidra before bed can really help you switch off from the day just gone, and transition you into resting mode. Many people find it easier to fall asleep after practicing a guided relaxation such as this.
- Yoga Nidra can help with anxiety: Many of my students report feeling anxious during meditation because they are unsure of what they should be doing, or if they are doing it right. Because Yoga Nidra is a guided practice, with someone walking you through each step, it is easier to relax into and stop those racing thoughts.
- It’s enjoyable: We think Practicing Yoga Nidra is akin to indulging in your favourite self care ritual. Like a hot bubble bath, it reassures and holds you. You come round from it feeling more peaceful, more in touch with yourself, and well rested.
Try it for yourself and see how you get on. I’ve created this 20 minute Yoga Nidra recording for you, free when you sign up to the mailing list which can be done in two easy steps by clicking here.
I’d love to hear how you get on with it. You can let me know in the comments below.