What is Yoga Nidra?
Known as “effortless relaxation” or “Yogic Sleep,” the practice of Yoga Nidra is an ancient form of meditation that brings to the place between wakefulness and sleep. In this state, you can enjoy deep relaxation while maintaining a conscious state of rest and dreaming wakefulness.
Why Practice Yoga Nidra?
Unlike many Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra does not offer an intense core workout or deep stretching. Instead you will remain completely relaxed during the entire class with only some gentle stretching and breathing techniques to help the body remain calm for an extended period of rest. None the less, this is a practice that is well worth the investment of your time.
Most of us struggle with some form of anxiety, stress, depression, and tension in our fast-paced lifestyles. Healing from this state of overdrive takes deliberate slowing down to re-center and re-balance. In a typical Yoga Nidra session, you will work on connection to your body and surroundings through simple mind-body connection techniques. It requires undivided attention; unburdened by to-do lists or time-sensitive tasks.
This practice teaches the student how to become the witness—not driven by the emotions or instincts that often take over our being, but seeking a deeper place of understanding and acceptance. This deep state of rest lets you go past the normal state of rest into complete relaxation. You will feel both connected and ethereal when you reach this state.
With Yoga Nidra, we help you find a place of complete relaxation without actually going to sleep. Our instructors will take you to a place between the conscious and subconscious through guided meditation.
The Benefits of Yoga Nidra
One of the most significant benefits of Yoga Nidra practice is the full relaxation you can experience. Staying in a state of stress and tension is incredibly hard on your body. Most of us experience high-stress levels from our jobs, family, responsibilities, bills, and other areas of everyday life. The current climate of negative news cycles and the worldwide health crisis has added to that list of stressors.
Our lives are becomingly increasingly is fast-paced and stressful. It can be hard to unwind and allow your mind to rejuvenate through rest. If you find it’s hard to sleep, or you continuously feel stretched thin, then Yoga Nidra is what you need. Some of the benefits of Yoga Nidra include:
- Find rest and calm while staying awake
- Discover deeper self-awareness
- Access heightened creativity and knowledge
- Explore a state of dreaming wakefulness
- Rejuvenate with the benefits of sleep
- Gain a clear understanding of life
- Reduce the stressors impacting you
- Allow your body a chance to rejuvenate
- Give your mind a break from racing
- Slow your heartbeat and breathing
With Yoga Nidra you can step outside of your perspective and experience, looking at life as a witness and not a pawn on the board. Rather than feeling stuck amid chaos, you feel as though you are merely witnessing what is. You gain a new perspective that helps you manage your responses in a much more thoughtful and purposeful way.
But, Yoga Nidra also helps your body benefit from that deep relaxation.
Your body needs sleep, or it struggles to function. Someone who is sleep-deprived will have the same symptoms as they would with a high blood alcohol count. Essentially, lacking sleep is similar to trying to operate while drunk. You are sluggish and bogged down. Your body cannot alleviate the toxin buildup during your waking hours, and it is eliminated while you sleep.
Who Benefits from Yoga Nidra?
Everyone willing to do the work and follow the guide is going to benefit from this practice.
If you tend to struggle with holding on to stress and pain, you may benefit even more than others. This enlightening practice requires no prior experience or physical ability. Students of all ages can participate. No special equipment is needed.
This practice of sleeping wakefulness is incredible for those struggling with insomnia or sleeplessness. Certain mental and physical conditions are often significantly helped with Yoga Nidra:
- Chronic Pain
- Tension headaches
- Substance abuse
How to Incorporate Yoga Nidra into Your Daily Life
The good news is – it’s basically effortless to incorporate Yoga Nidra into your busy lifestyle. It can be challenging to stop and practice seated meditation. If you’ve ever tried to stop and practice mindfulness on your own, you may think meditation isn’t for you: your thoughts might wander and/or your back might start to hurt. But Yoga Nidra is guided so you can follow along with the voice in the room, and you are lying down, supported with mats and bolsters, so you shouldn’t experience any physical discomfort either.
For the 30-45 minute session, you will be asked to practice self-awareness and follow the voice of your guide through a series of simple physical and mental experiences.
In short, the gentle practice of Yoga Nidra isn’t dull or frustrating or uncomfortable – just relaxing.
Finding a Yoga Nidra class near me
Would you benefit from a Yoga Nidra class? If you could use some help in relaxing and resting, then this class would be for you. If you have a high-intensity job or demanding lifestyle, you will get a lot out of Yoga Nidra.
These classes are for adults of all ages (over 18) and all walks of life. You can be a fitness guru or complete beginner, and this practice will offer the same opportunity to relax and find inner peace.
Our convenient Yoga Nidra classes are offered regularly throughout the week at our yoga studio in Atlanta, GA and are also streamed online to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your home. We would love to have you join us!