Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep
Yoga Nidra, or “Yogic Sleep”, is a deeply relaxing guided meditation experience. During this practice, you are guided to a deep state of consciousness that enables you to work through past emotional scars and samskaras (deeply ingrained patterns). Yoga nidra can also assist you in manifesting your deepest desires.
The best part is that you don’t need to do anything but lay still and listen. As your thinking mind stills, your are able to go into the deepest parts of the self, releasing trapped energy. As the energy is released, old emotions, past hurts and traumas are released as well. There are physical changes too, as you engage different parts of the brain and reverse the affects of chronic stress. By the end of your yoga nidra practice, you will feel extremely relaxed & rejuvenated.
How to Practice Yoga Nidra
You will be lying still throughout your meditation practice, so it is often helpful to do 10 – 20 minutes of pranayama (breath) and/or asana practice beforehand to prepare the body and mind. Create a comfortable, quiet environment where you will not be disturbed. A small blanket roll under your neck and a bolster or cushion under your knees can help support the body. Pulling a blanket over yourself is great, too – your body will cool during meditation. As one of my teachers put it, you want to be ‘supremely comfortable’.
Pick a practice duration that fits your schedule. Optimal times for meditation are first thing in the morning, last thing at night, or late afternoon when you feel that energy lull. That said, if those times don’t work for you, practice whenever you can fit it in.