Yoga Nidra is also known as yogic sleep!
There are so many endless benefits to Yoga Nidra!
It is proven that Yoga Nidra minimizes tension, trains the mind, clears up the unconscious, awakens creativity, enhances memory and learning capacity and counteracts stress!
Yoga nidra acts both as a preventive and curative therapy. When we are stressed the sympathetic nervous system becomes activated and adopts the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. In normal circumstances, the parasympathetic system takes over after the emergency goes. But mostly it has been seen that the sympathetic system remains active most of the time resulting in the experience of distress. In Yoga nidra an attempt is made to activate the parasympathetic system, and slowly a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems is achieved by inducing complete physical, emotional and mental relaxation. In this way the practice of Yoga Nidra counteracts stress.
At the start of Yoga Nidra, the teacher will guide you through an energetic release to release tension through the body followed by setting an intention for your practice or also called a resolve.
With Yoga Nidra, you work into the subconscious mind and so if there is a belief system or thought that you want to let go of – during your Yoga Nidra practice is when you are able to rewire and rewrite this toxic belief system.
By stating the intention at the beginning of your practice such as “I am __________” and then filling in the blank with affirmations such as I am whole, I am complete, I am loved, I have clarity, I am trusting, etc.. this is where true healing can happen.
Now onto the 5 reasons why you should try out a Yoga Nidra class!
1)Anyone Can Practice Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a practice that is so gentle, healing and relaxing that people of every age can participate. It’s easy enough to follow and all you need to do is to lay down comfortably on the floor. At Heal. with the use of props, bolsters, blankets and eye pillows you are able to experience maximum comfort during your practice.
2)You Cannot Fail at Yoga Nidra
As you lie down, supported in savasana, all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. It’s likely that you will remember certain parts of the meditation and not others. Every time you come to the practice you encounter a new experience—none of which is wrong. Falling asleep is okay too, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice. Your body and mind will receive the healing it needs. Each time you practice it can be a little different, but always rejuvenating.
3)You Can Practice Yoga Nidra Easily Day to Day
We get it, seated meditations are frustrating – when you’re trying to clear your mind, bring your awareness to your breath or come back to the intention. The great part about Yoga Nidra is that it is always guided and so you don’t have to worry about overthinking about your to-do-lists. There are plenty of guided Yoga Nidra classes on Youtube and Insight Timer that can be easily accessed through your phone or computer. You choose the length and you choose when in your day is easiest for you to practice. Some people prefer practicing during the middle of the day instead of grabbing that extra cup of coffee, other’s prefer practicing at night before bed. Put on your headphones, lay down and then drift off into well deserved rest.
4)Two Words: Stress Reduction
Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation that isn’t found in your average meditation practice. The stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health!
5)You Get To Learn More About Yourself with Yoga Nidra
During yoga nidra you are able to experience an emotion and come “face to face” with what you want to overcome, without “diving into it” completely—meaning without feeling the emotion so completely that you become overwhelmed. Over time you continue to experience the emotion and associated feelings, moving deeper into the practice. You will notice where in your life you may have felt held back or unable to let go of things that no longer served you and with this practice, you will notice a shift in your mind, beliefs and perceptions – all leading you to your greatest good.
If you would like to try out a yoga nidra class, check out Heal. in Altamonte Springs on Monday nights at 7:30.
Once you go nidra you don’t go back!