Yoga Nidra

Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric practice that is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. Traditionally done in a lying down position Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs.

Guided imagery and body scan techniques are used to take the practitioner into a deeply relaxed yet aware state. The practice will typically last 20 to 30 minutes. The practitioner begins by quieting the overactive conscious mind, then moves into a meditative state called pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), gradually finding a state of “ultimate harmony,” in which the brain waves slow down and a subtle euphoria emerges.

Though most beginning practitioners don’t slip easily into the more advanced stages, they still tend to emerge feeling rejuvenated. Yoga Nidra is a powerful tool for nurturing awareness.

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  1. I have just begun practicing Yoga Nidra as a way to rest. I have Fibromyalgia (chronic pain and fatigue) and find it to be the only way to feel somewhat rested. When I am able to practice about 3pm my evenings are so much nicer. I really encourage those with pain/fatigue based illnesses to give it a go. I’d welcome more posts around Yoga Nidra and am looking forward to trying your free audio I received when I signed up 🙂

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