Yoga Nidra translates to “yogic sleep”.
Think of this practice like a long savasana since there’s no movement in this class. When performed correctly, one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of deep, restful sleep. During the practice, you stay awake, but your mind is at rest. You will be lying motionless and awake in a meditative state for the entire practice, therefore it’s open to all fitness levels. When the class is over you will feel rested, refreshed, recharged and feeling less stress.
If you’re feeling blocked, or want to make a change in your life, you can connect with your heartfelt desire and use this practice to deepen your resolve. This can be something you want to change about yourself, or a situation you want to change. It can be an affirmation like: better health, more serenity, be less reactive, reduce negative stress, or have a more positive outlook. You can use this practice to deepen your commitment to something or someone. Redirect your energy to this desire when you have the urge to move. This redirection of energy also helps your mind to stay focused.
Please bring two or three blankets, an eye pillow or wash cloth to cover your eyes (optional), a flat/soft pillow for your head, or an additional rolled blanket or towel to support the curve of your neck. Ideally, the practice should be done reclined but you’re welcome to elevate the chest with a bolster or sofa cushion, and/or place something similar under the knees to alleviate pressure.
Here’s a PDF describing the origins and benefits to Yoga Nidra
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