Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is a powerful meditative practice that can be used for healing, personal and spiritual insight, and empowerment. Yoga Nidra provides an opportunity to experience deep relaxation. It is also a state of consciousness that invites us to better understand our relationship to ourselves, others and the cosmos.
There are a number of different approaches to Yoga Nidra and I have recently undertaken a course that explored the three main traditions, Satyananda, Himalayan Institute and i-rest (Integrative Restoration). From my perspective each of these styles has something unique to offer and I am finding my own way of working with Yoga Nidra as a healing and spiritual practice.
What to expect if you take part in Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra can be given individually or in a group. You will be assisted to lie, or sit as comfortably as possible and the teacher will guide you through a practice that can run for between 10 and 30 minutes. You will be encouraged to remain awake and aware throughout the practice but sometimes you will feel that you have slept. It doesn’t matter because you will most likely have been listening to the guidance at another level and it will have had an effect on you. At the end of a Yoga Nidra people often feel calm and relaxed, more prepared to face what life is presenting.
For details of my Yoga Nidra teaching please look at my classes and workshops pages.
If you would like to listen to a Nidra please visit the Yoga Nidra Network where you can download and listen to Nidra free of charge.