What is Yoga Nidra
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.
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.
My training, practice and approach
There are a number of different approaches to Yoga Nidra and I initially studied with the Yoga Nidra Network where the three main traditions, Satyananda, Himalayan Institute and i-rest (Integrative Restoration) were explored. This has given me an insight into the different styles, an understanding of the underlying process and a creative approach to the composition of Nidra. I have a regular personal practice of Yoga Nidra, both my own and through exploring the many sources available. As I teach, the benefits of understanding the different variations of Nidra style become apparent. Not all Nidra suit all people and it is good for individuals to experience different forms, finding what suits them. There are many benefits to practising Yoga Nidra. It gives deep and profound relaxation. It creates the conditions for expanded awareness and is a healing and spiritual practice that brings well-being. If you would like to listen to more Yoga Nidra please visit the Yoga Nidra Network where you can download and listen to Nidra free of charge.