Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations.
Yoga Nidra means "yogic sleep"; a state of conscious, deeply relaxing and highly restorative deep sleep. In this beautiful relaxed state, as we surrender the body to supreme stillness, insight and healing, we break through the layers of fear, programming and limiting beliefs that might otherwise block connection to our true and higher essence.
Yoga Nidra is typically practiced for 45- 60 minutes. During the practice, you lay comfortably in shavasana (corpse pose) and are guided into deep relaxation. As your nervous system gets a much needed rest, your left-brain (the logical, analytical, and objective brain) is kept busy, engaged by the words spoken, while your right-brain (the intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective brain) is free to journey and explore.
The experience of Yoga Nidra brings immediate physical benefits like reduced stress and better sleep but it is also an extremely powerful tool for healing and clearing subconscious limiting beliefs (that we all have) living within us. Yoga Nidra engenders a profound sense of joy, well-being, calmness, quiet and clarity.
Follow the steps outlined below to best support this sacred practice:
Find a time where you will not be disturbed for approximately 45-60 minutes
Lie down on your back with a pillow under your head, place something under your knees like a pillow or bolster if you need, cover yourself with warm clothing and/or a blanket (your core body temperature drops as you reach a deep state of relaxation), and cover the eyes with an eye mask/pillow if you desire to block out all light
Rest your hands to the sides of your body, palms facing upwards, legs hip width apart
Close your eyes, relax your body completely, maintain awareness of your guide's voice as best as you can throughout the practice
Maintain relaxed awareness of the instructions as the body enters a deep state of relaxation (you may fall asleep, and if you do that’s OK!)
Plant your intention using Sankalpa (find out more about Sankalpa and how to use it most effectively)
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