Yoga Nidra is an ancient meditative practice that is practiced while lying in Savasana or another resting pose. While remaining as comfortable as possible, you are led through a guided meditation and into deep relaxation as your awareness withdraws from the external world and into the internal. It typically includes body scans and visualizations. Yoga Nidra can enhance your mental health and quality of sleep as it stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest”). It has been proven to be an effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and insomnia.
The closest translation of Yoga Nidra is: Yoga = union, Nidra = sleep.
It is common to drift in and out of consciousness (your mind may actually enter states of REM), or even to drift into sleep. You will still reap benefits from practice as there is no way to do it wrong. Your openness and presence is all that is asked of you in Yoga Nidra.
To prepare for practice, you will want to make yourself as comfortable as possible. If you are lying on the floor, please use a pillow under your head and a pillow/blanket under your knees. You may also want a blanket over your body as your temperature tends to drop during Yoga Nidra (just like it does when you sleep). If your bed is accessible, you are welcome to practice in bed!
This particular Yoga Nidra uses visualization of the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) to take you on a journey of personal growth and connection to Mother Earth, spaciousness, transformation, and harmony.
Script written by Alison deLassus, LCSW, RYT
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