Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep
Yoga Nidra is a style of guided meditation which helps us connect to the peaceful stillness inside. Benefits include:
- Calm the nervous system
- Cultivate ease and inner tranquility
- Release fears and attachments
- Energy normally burned up by mental activity can be harnessed to begin healing the body
Yoga Nidra has been called "mindfulness on steroids." You are coached into deeper stages of relaxation, bypassing the mental chatter or observing it from a distance. We give the mind little jobs of listening and focusing and directing attention, therefore slipping into a non-doing, effortless state.
What happens during Yoga Nidra?
- Participants generally lie down on a soft surface of mats and blankets. Other options include being seated in a chair or lying on one's side. You'll be encouraged to get really comfortable while remaining awake.
- I'll guide your attention inward to the breath and the body. Here we let go of doing and focus on the experience of the present moment.
- A personal intention or affirmation can be woven into the session. For example:
- I experience my body as an ocean of healing energy.
- I have nothing to cling to and nothing to run from.
- I release the need to manage or control anything outside of myself.
- The guided meditation should last at least 20 minutes and can last 50 minutes. At the end of the session, your attention will be guided back to your body and your breath, gently awakening and proceeding with your day.