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What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is meditative practice of self-inquiry derived from ancient yoga teachings meaning yogic sleep. Despite the name, the practitioner maintains full consciousness while sinking into a deep state of relaxation to a near sleep-like state. As the practitioner rests in a comfortable position, they are guided on a journey through their body & mind by bringing awareness to each part of the body while exploring the physical sensations and emotions. 

Components of Yoga Nidra

  • body-sensing
  • breath awareness
  • guided imagery
  • meditation
  • relaxation
  • self inquiry

What are the benefits of Yoga Nidra?

reduced symptoms of:
  • emotional reactivity
  • negative emotions: anger, fear, rage, worry
  • ruminations 
  • stress
  • tension (muscular, emotional & mental)
  • acceptance of life’s changes & challenges
  • alpha & theta waves
  • feelings of relaxation & peace
  • mindfulness

How can I practice Yoga Nidra?

While the body of scientific evidence evolves, the best way to understand Yoga Nidra is to practice and experience the benefits for yourself.

Proceed with caution: 

Individuals with unstable conditions: bipolar disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders and somatization disorders should avoid this practice. Individuals with severe anxiety &/or panic attacks should practice with caution under medical supervision



While there is growing body of research studying the clinical benefits of Yoga Nidra, research is limited. Most studies involve a small number of participants, lack a control arm, are un-blinded, etc.

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